Smart gifting site ThePresent.co attracts £1.5m investment

Banking grandee Rupert Hambro and a clutch of Goldman Sachs investment bankers are among private investors who have put £1.5m in a new “intelligent” gifting website.

Police have arrested two people in connection to the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

FGM arrests: Police detain two people in London over the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Queues at Border Control in Terminal Five of London's Heathrow Airport

Want to dodge the queues at UK passport control? The Home Office says you may soon be able to... for a price

Hollidaymakers and business travellers could soon skip arrival hall delays by paying an extra fee

My life in travel: Jeff Stelling

'I defy anyone not to fall in love with the orang-utans of Borneo after seeing them'

Eden Hazard has been criticised by Jose Mourinho for losing his passport but the Chelsea manager insists they will now move on from the incident

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refuses to accept Eden Hazard apology after winger loses passport on unsanctioned trip

Hazard will return for the Blues this weekend when they take on West Brom but Mourinho has confirmed that he missed training on Monday after losing his passport in France

The worst is yet to come: Edward Snowden faces a sad and lonely future

History has shown life isn't kind to US intelligence insiders gone rogue

Theresa May has announced the

Are you Great enough for Britain? Home Office launches exclusive invitation-only visa service for world’s most successful business executives

Theresa May promises she will ‘respond to the needs of high-value and high-profile’ tycoons

Living man in Ohio declared ‘legally dead’ despite appearing alive and well before a US judge

US Court tells Donald Miller he has missed the boat when it comes to rejoining the ranks of the living

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Humiliating defeat for Theresa May in Supreme Court appeal over 'stateless' former terror suspect stripped of British citizenship

Former Iraqi refugee Hilal Abdul Razzaq Ali Al-Jedda granted British nationality after fleeing from Saddam Hussein’s regime

Cardiff named best city to be young in the UK

A new poll has named Cardiff the best city in the UK to be aged between 18-30.

Nineteen blue-chip clients of corrupt private investigators are to be investigated for criminal offences

Exclusive: Blue-chip hacking scandal - at last, the investigations into those on Soca list begin

Nineteen companies probed over criminal offences after years of inaction

Simon Calder: Where passing 'without let or hindrance' is an empty hope, starting with the US

Road-weary travellers trying to untangle the red tape involved in a trans-African journey or a rail trip from Moscow to Beijing have long mocked the self-important demand contained in every British passport: "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance".

Sudan protests to US over blocked visa for President Bashir

Sudanese media are reporting that the Foreign Ministry has summoned the US charge d'affaires in Khartoum to protest Washington's failure to grant a visa to the country's president, who faces war crimes charges.

Martina Hingis: Her husband claimed she had cheated on him

Ex-tennis star Martina Hingis 'beat up husband
with mother'

The husband of the former Swiss tennis champion, Martina Hingis, has accused his estranged wife and her mother of assaulting him, claiming he fled to France to escape the pair.

Barclays Bank computer heist: Two in court over £1.3m haul

Two men have appeared in court charged with taking over a bank's computer system to steal £1.3 million.

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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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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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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

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
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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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

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
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
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
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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