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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

How to get the look: New-season bombers

OK, so I've thought about this a lot and I might just about be ready to start thinking about the new season. Maybe.

Dave Lee Travis trial: Former Radio One DJ was an 'opportunistic sex offender', court hears

The 68-year-old is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2003

Police are searching for Wiktoria Popiel (left) and Vitalija Sidlauskaite (right) who were reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop in north London

Two 12-year-old girls missing from north London found 'safe and well'

Girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop have been found, Scotland Yard said today, police had earlier been 'extremely concerned for their welfare'

Robert Vick before he decided to brave the cold

US cold drives escaped convict Robert Vick back to his cell

The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

Chinese student armed with two meat cleavers roamed through Huddersfield University halls after Christmas Day mugging

A Chinese student in Huddersfield has told a court that he armed himself with two meat cleavers and patrolled his halls of residence on Christmas Day because he was “scared to death” after being mugged earlier in the day.

Rhys Ifans plays Danny in 'Protest Song' by Tim Price at the National's Shed theatre

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

General Atlantic buys MeteoGroup

Alexander Fury: A bargain is in the pocket of the beholder

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Style File: Fashion revs up - Biker jackets

Dressing for the pitstop can be full of pitfalls (and pratfalls) but Lee Holmes pinpoints the key moto-inspired menswear pieces to put you in style pole position

Boots £195; Reversible T-shirt £140; Reversible Pants £340

Style File: Utility factor - Industrial Design

Industrial designer Tom Dixon has put the funk into multi-functional with a capsule collection for  Adidas, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Eider Manhattan
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Eider’s new Cross-Over range of skiwear is designed for people who want to pack light, technical clothing that can be kept on for après ski. The Manhattan jacket is understatedly stylish but still has all the features you need on the slopes including underarm vents, waterproof membrane and lightweight insulation. And a removable hood and snow skirt for maximum versatility.

Ski gear: All wrapped up for the deep midwinter

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Powder room: skiers assail the pristine slopes of Whistler

Make your own tracks at dawn

Alf Alderson advises you to rise with the lark if you want to enjoy the best skiing

The 10 Best walking jackets

Whether you're marching up mountains or taking the mutt for a mosey in the park, these jackets will keep you dry and toasty

'It's your own fault': Tiger bites off Oklahoma zookeeper's arm

The owner of the controversial Oklahoma Zoo where the attack took place says the employee 'violated protocol' by sticking her hand inside the cage.

The 10 Best autumn running kit

A brisk jog through the newly crisp air is a great way to get over the end of summer, and here’s the gear you’ll need

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital