Genson Courtney murder: Pair jailed for 'execution' of drug dealing stepson of gangland author Dave Courtney

Two men have been jailed for life for shooting the stepson of gangland celebrity and author Dave Courtney.

An air ambulance leaving the scene in Woolwich

Terror in Woolwich: One woman was crying - ‘They killed him. They killed him’

Dazed residents are still coming to terms with the shocking scenes they witnessed

A man, pixelated, was reportedly attacked with a machete-style knife

Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends

As the EDL lace up their heavy-set boots and head for the streets of Woolwich, their leader, metaphorically carrying with him his long list of criminal convictions, will be preparing his fascist propaganda.

Stephen Lawrence clues in wake of TV appeal

An anniversary appeal for information on the murder of Stephen Lawrence has prompted two "very significant" phone calls which could yield a witness to the attack, police have said.

Man charged with murdering brother after funeral of another sibling in south London

A man was charged today with murdering his younger brother.

More than five miles of tunnelling have already been built under London for Crossrail. This image is near Whitechapel station

In pictures: the massive 24-hour-a-day construction project to provide huge boost for London's harassed commuters

More than five miles already built of Crossrail's 26 miles of tunnels

Construction of platform tunnels at Whitechapel station

In pictures: the massive 24-hour-a-day construction project to provide huge boost for London's harassed commuters

More than five miles already built of Crossrail's 26 miles of tunnels

The Comet Pan-Starrs is making a rare visit to the inner solar system in the middle of this week, and will fly past the sun

Pan-Starrs: astonomers warned to avoid danger to their eyes from bright comet

Also known as C/2011 L4, the comet won't be seen again from earth for another 110,000 years

A photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Nicola Edgington, who killed her mother and then killed stranger Sally Hodkin in the street

Nicola Edgington jailed for 37 years for street decapitation, as report blames police blunders for attack

A psychiatric patient stabbed a stranger to death in the street after the police failed to act on her warnings that she was dangerous and going to kill someone.

Steven Taylor

Newcastle to protect 'injury-prone' Steven Taylor

Defender recently returned from a two-month lay-off with a hamstring problem

Carmelo Anthony is excited to be back in London

Basketball: New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony relishes London return but it's strictly business

Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons at the O2 tonight

Boris under fire after it is revealed that Thames cable car will cost £6m to run in first year

The £60m Thames cable car currently running in the Docklands is costing £500,000 a month to run TFL has said.

In-debt South London Healthcare NHS Trust 'should be broken up'

A debt-ridden NHS trust which was on the brink of bankruptcy should be dissolved, an official consultation has concluded.

Michael Hooper is tackled by Tom Youngs at Twickenham

James Lawton: Michael Hooper's fresh-faced brilliance mocks latest England reinvention

In English rugby yesterday’s comer is quickly transformed into today’s regret

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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