News Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

Album: The Duke & The King, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Loose)

This rootsy debut from The Duke & The King takes its own sweet time in ruminating on the past, which I suppose is only right and proper.

Driver injured as dockyard crane topples

A crane driver was seriously injured today when the vehicle "toppled over" as it loaded a ship.

Life Support: How to commit

Essential skills for the modern world

Five chic seaside rentals

Get the most from Britain's coast at one of these sophisticated waterside retreats.

Inquiry launched into North Sea helicopter crash

Investigations were under way today after 18 people survived when a helicopter ditched into the water near a North Sea platform.

Ancient Greek vessel docks for Pompey refit

The most complete ancient Greek ship ever found – which is being painstakingly pieced back together by marine archaeology experts in Portsmouth – is shown here as it would probably have looked when it sailed around the Greek islands at the time of Homer.

Port workers to strike

Hundreds of workers at one of the country's busiest ports are to stage a fresh round of strikes in a row over the outsourcing of jobs.

Scientists hail breakthrough images of star

Astronomers have taken direct images of a three-planet solar system around a distant star, using a revolutionary technique that may one day lead to the discovery of an Earth-like planet that can harbour life.

Thompson fired with new hope

Heading west on a voyage of hope and discovery, Brian Thompson, one of Britain's senior offshore sailors, hopes to put six months of frustration behind him on Sunday as he leaves Portsmouth Harbour.

Rügen: German island's 'white cliffs' collapsing into the sea

The towering chalk cliffs that form the spectacular coastline of the Baltic holiday island of Rügen have been immortalised by 19th- century Romantic painters and are Germany's equivalent of the white cliffs of Dover – but now they are collapsing into the sea.

Port down to its last fishing boat

One of the UK's most famous fishing ports is down to its last boat.

Paperback: A Good School, by Richard Yates

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Sydney: Capital of the Southern Hemisphere

News that their city is the capital of the southern hemisphere will leave most Sydneysiders unmoved. As far as they are concerned, Sydney is the best place on earth, end of story. Many visitors agree not surprisingly, given Sydney's unique combination of attributes: a warm, sunny climate, a thriving cultural and nightlife scene, an embarrassment of high-quality, affordable restaurants, dozens of beaches that rank among the world's finest, a laid-back urban vibe, and the unrivalled natural backdrop of the harbour.

The souvenir you can live without

A trip to exotic climes means downing unusual delicacies. Mark MacKenzie meets the people who see that stomach upsets are not on the menu too
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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?