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Student murders: Police 'must learn hard lessons'

A sergeant has been disciplined after an independent investigation found "plainly unacceptable" errors in police actions that left Dano Sonnex free to kill.

D-Day Anniverary: 'I was shot by a dead German soldier'

As the 65th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Terri Judd hears one survivor's extraordinary memories of the Normandy Landings

Parents blame Army for daughter's 'murder'

The parents of a teenage cadet who drowned in a boating accident after instructors had failed to follow basic safety procedures, yesterday said they were "disgusted" at the findings of an official inquiry into her death and accused the Army of murder.

New Zealand couple vanish after bank's £4m mistake

What would you do if your bank mistakenly paid about £4m into your account? A New Zealand couple allegedly took the money and ran, and are now the subject of an international manhunt.

'If the Army had cared, my daughter would still be alive'

Traumatised and bullied, Chanice Ward was discharged after trying to kill herself. Terri Judd tells her tragic story

Met chief praises 'astonishing' G20 police work

Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, yesterday praised his force's much-criticised tactics at the G20 protests, saying they were an example of an "astonishing" policing operation.

Police to hold review after G20 allegations

Scotland Yard has ordered a review of public order policing after mounting concerns of the tactics employed by police at this month’s G20 protests, which have already resulted in the suspension of two officers.

Hot or not: The rules of attraction

Are lovers drawn together by the magical meeting of minds – or by hormones, body shape and evolutionary instincts? Rob Sharp explains the unromantic truth behind what makes us hot (or not)

Four men badly hurt after snowball fight

Four men were left seriously injured after being attacked as they took part in a friendly snowball fight.

The Taint of Midas, By Anne Zouroudi

An uncanny Greek sleuth cracks his second case

Wrong way? The 2008 travel review

Could 2008 go down as the traveller's 'annus horribilis'? At the end of a year that saw multiple airline failures, the pound in freefall and record oil prices, Simon Calder reviews 12 dismal months

Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards: 'It was while I was in a mental hospital I heard I was in the Olympic team'

Twenty years after learning his ski-jumping trade from a borrowed bed at Finland's 'Broadmoor', his story is nearing the silver screen

Terence Blacker: The Army has lost the moral high ground

Those looking for a snapshot of modern army life, which is rather more accurate than the gung-ho recruiting ads on TV, might usefully consider the misadventures of Lance-Bombardier Kerry Fletcher of the 40th Regiment, Royal Artillery. The first woman to ride with the King's Troop, Fletcher made no secret of the fact that she was a lesbian. A staff sergeant called Ian Brown sent her some randy texts offering to "convert her", telling her that she needed a real man and proposing a threesome with another female officer.

Viewers vote with their feet for Sergeant's last dance

Audience gives 'dancing pig' a standing ovation as 11 million watch at home
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there