Masts go back upon restored 'Cutty Sark'

One of Britain's most historic vessels, the Cutty Sark, had her masts raised yesterday for the first time since the ship was damaged by fire four years ago.

Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence blood trace 'microscopic'

Traces of Stephen Lawrence's blood linked to a jacket belonging to one of the men accused of his murder totalled just two cubic millimetres, a court heard today.

Was wealthy client behind huge lottery win?

The tale of three money managers claiming the biggest lottery payout in Connecticut history last week had already defied the traditional rags-to-riches plot everyone loves. Now it appears that the more than $100m (£64m) in cash will not go to their pockets at all but rather to a client of their firm, who needs it even less.

Bloodstain on jacket links it to Lawrence crime scene, court told

A tiny bloodstain found on the jacket of a man accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence could have come from the knife pulled from the teenager's body during the fatal attack by a racist gang, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in South London 18 years ago

Stephen Lawrence friend's tearful testimony

Stephen Lawrence's best friend wept in court today as he described the black teenager's heartbreaking final moments.

Leading article: The time has come for lighter evenings

Could it be that this is the last weekend that Britain's hard-working families (and everyone else) will enjoy an extra hour in bed, thanks to the switch to winter time?

Investigation after tug capsizes in Thames

A crew member who fell in the River Thames in London after his tug capsized and sank was presumed drowned today as marine accident experts launched an investigation into the accident.

Man feared dead after tug capsizes

A search for a crew member missing after a tug capsized and sank on the Thames in south-east London was called off yesterday afternoon.

Search ends for missing crew member

A search for a crew member missing after a tug capsized and sank on the River Thames in London was called off tonight as marine accident experts began an investigation into the accident.

Mary Dejevsky: The blurred fringe of the Big Society

It was heart-warming to see the good folk of Clapham, Hackney and the rest mobilise themselves for a mass clear-up, using the same social media that had summoned the urban pillagers less than 24 hours before. Raising their brooms and dustpans aloft, they appeared the very model of David Cameron's Big Society. Whoever would have forecast that it would be looting mobs in London that would give it birth?

The sky at night: Highlights from this year's Astronomy Photographer Competition

The 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the year competition has received more spectacular pictures than ever before.

Video: 'Vigilantes' on London streets

The streets of London have appeared relatively calm on Tuesday night, with residents in Eltham gathering to 'protect' their town centre.

SureStart centres 'not shut'

The Department for Education was today accused by councils of issuing misleading information about SureStart centre closures.

Equestrianism: Olympic course offers 'punishing' test, says Fox-Pitt

British rider William Fox-Pitt has predicted "a test of athleticism" when the world's top eventers go for Olympic gold at Greenwich Park next year.

Equestrianism: French leads test of Greenwich venue

Piggy French ensured that Britain reigned supreme after day one of London 2012's opening Olympic test event. French delivered an outstanding dressage display on DHI Topper W and will head into the cross-country phase in Greenwich Park with a commanding lead.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system