News A committee of MPs said key performance indicators used by Jobcentre Plus should immediately be revised to help people into work, not just off benefits

An “unprecedented” number of those dependent on welfare were punished in the year to June 2013, according to a report into Jobcentre Plus published today by the Work and Pensions Committee.

There were 2,181 rough sleepers in England in 2011, up 413 from 1,768 on the same night the previous year

Rough sleeping in England up by 23 per cent

New data has revealed the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 23 per cent in a year.

Joan Smith: Time for Occupy to pack up its tents and go

When I heard yesterday that another court had ruled against the Occupy London protest outside St Paul's cathedral, I had to think for a moment. After dominating headlines for weeks last autumn, the camp hasn't been in the news much lately and I'd almost forgotten it was still there.

CCTV snares cross-eyed arsonist

A cross-eyed arsonist who set fire to a shop and post office during the August riots has been jailed for eight years, after police spotted his unusual eyes on CCTV.

A man walks beside the Neris river in the Vilnius, Lithuania

Big freeze death toll rises in eastern Europe

Helicopters have lifted dozens of people from snow-blocked villages in Serbia and Bosnia and brought in emergency food and medicine as a severe cold spell kept eastern Europe in its icy grip.

My Fantasy Band - Jordan Gatesmith, Howler

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He was The Cramps' frontman – he died about three years ago. His voice was so spooky and so scary, as if a ghoul or a skeleton could sing. He was really punk rock.

Peers defeat welfare reform plans

The Government suffered a defeat over its welfare reform proposals tonight as peers supported a move to exempt child benefit from the £26,000 benefits cap.

Iain Duncan Smith's remarks came as ministers braced themselves for a bruising clash with the House of Lords over the planned reforms

Welfare reform challenge defeated

The Government comfortably survived the first of a series of crucial challenges to its controversial welfare reforms in the Lords today.

Deputy police chief Hunter announces the arrest

Homeless killer suspect arrested in California

Police in southern California have arrested a man in connection with the latest in a series of murders apparently targeting homeless people, believed to be the work of a serial killer. Community workers and police are advising California's homeless population to take extra precautions to protect themselves, including avoiding sleeping alone or outdoors.

Bee hives are run by schools and groups across London, such as Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School

Next stop, the Olympics: Urban farmers are digging for eco-victory

Not since the war has growing food been so popular with 'townies', and many are now turning their hobby into a business

Archbishop questions bankers' bonuses

The Archbishop of York has criticised the growing divide between high and low earners and asked whether it is right that bankers "who helped cause the economic crisis" should "rake in massive bonuses".

Homeless charities warn of worst winter

Who would welcome awakening on a camp bed in an office on Christmas Day? Scott Littlejohns, for one. And Charles Lassalle. And 400 others who would be out on the streets were it not for the volunteers staffing the homeless centre that borrowed the building for the festive week.

A study showed that homeless men are dying at an average of 47 years and homeless women at 43, in stark contrast to the average age of death for the general population, 77 years

Homeless die 30 years before the average person

Homeless people can expect to die 30 years before the average person, research has found.

Ethnic violence in Papua New Guinea leaves nine dead

Nine people have been killed and hundreds of properties destroyed in three days of ethnic clashes in Lae, the second biggest city in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the volatile Pacific nation which is home to more than 1,000 ethnic groups.

Tracy Edwards: In 1991, he was lured to the home of Jeffrey Dahmer, who was later convicted of abusing and killing 17 young men and boys.

Murder charge for hero who led police to cannibal's lair

The man who became a hero after escaping death at the hands of Jeffrey Dahmer, the cannibalistic serial killer, and leading police to his grisly lair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1991, is facing murder charges of his own.

CPO chairman Richard King stands down

Chelsea Pitch Owners chairman Richard King confirmed his resignation from the board today, 24 hours after Roman Abramovich's bid to purchase the Stamford Bridge freehold ended in failure.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas