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You might assume that the participants in the BBC4 documentary God's Cadets: Joining the Salvation Army would all be classic "lark" types, but there was a greater variety of personality than expected in this 90-minute film. It followed the pious, but not pompous "cadets" who had given up their lives to enter into two years of intensive officer training at the William Booth College in south London.

Saudi nurse stole cash from patient

A NURSE jailed in Saudi Arabia over the murder of a colleague was found guilty yesterday of stealing from a patient in Britain.

Shrine found to boy missing for 19 years

POLICE HAVE found a secret shrine to a missing boy at the home of an alleged paedophile.

Interiors: A SPACE OF MY OWN

Obsessive collectors, a city's worth of small flats, bereavement, divorce and a fad for minimalism have all contributed to an explosion in demand for places to keep spare clobber. Kate Worsley unlocks the strange and very secret world of mini-storage

Rugby players' ordeal on the streets of Soho

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King's Cross rail plan backed

RAILTRACK'S involvement in the rescue plan for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was approved overwhelmingly yesterday by the track and signalling group's investors. Railtrack has agreed an option to buy the development rights for the land around London's King Cross and Stratford stations with London & Continental Railways, the consortium behind the rail link.

Letter: Scots and English

Sir: David Aaronovitch judges the character of a nation - Scotland - on the basis of the views of a single individual who seems to have upset him. If I were to be accosted by a ranting bag-lady in King's Cross, or a National Front skinhead in Deptford, I would not assume that they were representative of the English race.

The wrong side of the tracks

Dana Rubin looks at prospects for the commercial regeneration of King's Cross as the Channel tunnel fast rail link runs into trouble

Cross examination

Like many of the vulnerable people spending cold nights on its pavements and in its doorways, King's Cross has effectively lost its identity. Formerly known as Battle Bridge, its current name refers to a short-lived monument to George IV erected in 1836 at the junction of Gray's Inn Road and Euston Road, but demolished nine years later in a road-widening scheme. Property developers of the time were keen to rename Battle Bridge which had become "a haunt of thieves and murderers" and seized the strange folly as their own, thus ousting the proposed "Boudicea's Cross" (a reference to a battle falsely thought to have been fought here between the warrior queen and the Romans) from underground maps of the future.

TIME OUT: City Guides; CITIES AT A GLANCE

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First Night: Naked aggression

Javier de Frutos is famous for dancing with his kit off, but that's only funny once. As his latest piece, `Grass', shows, he still has a lot more to reveal

Rich home-buyers opt for squalor with a twist

Gritty, urban living - complete with graffiti and discarded syringes - has become a hit with homebuyers, adding value to apartment blocks in neighbourhoods once viewed as the roughest in town.

Straw confirms plans for corporate killing legislation

Government plans for company directors to face charges of "corporate killing" were confirmed yesterday by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, who said that those whose criminal negligence caused the deaths of innocent people should not escape punishment.

So what if it's old, it's good for the circulation

No 194: NEWS OF THE WORLD

Inside Business: Capital idea attacked

Conferences: Birmingham wants to block a rival centre in London

Convention centre setback for dome

A giant grain warehouse could replace the millennium dome as the site of a convention centre for London.
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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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