Belfast woman left 'terrified' by racist attack

A Nigerian woman in Belfast said she has been left "terrified" after a hatchet was thrown through her living room window, in what she believes to be a racist attack.

The Barclays branch in Breck Road, Liverpool

15-year-old 'model pupil' robbed bank like a ‘real-life video game’

A 15-year-old “model pupil” held up a branch of Barclays with an imitation firearm and stole more than £2,000 before confessing the entire crime to his mother, a court heard.

Tiger Woods in the trees where his ball strayed and moving the twig that caused it to move

Kevin Garside: The best under more scrutiny than the rest due to TV vigilantes

The Way I See It: Technology works in sports where all players fall under the same lens

The script is genuinely funny in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V

Review: Beautiful storyline, perfect mechanics - GTA V is the grandest game yet

It is also still eye-poppingly violent, but you will really want to play it

'There should only be joy in decorating': Megan Morton on how to create the happiest of homes

The Australian interior designer, dubbed the "house whisperer", invites readers into her Sydney home in her new book, Things I Love

Ikea's augmented reality app enables virtual redecorating

New app for mobile devices combines with a catalogue to place tables and chairs in your front room

Autocorrect 4 eva? Technology won't kill off spelling and grammar

And teaching it shouldn't just be a Conservative project

Parents are increasingly allowing children to use their tablets

Back to the future: How the iPad has recreated that 1950s feeling

Ofcom claims tablet devices are helping families to come together in the living room

Dedon Fedro rocking lounger, main picture, from £595, heals.co.uk

Enjoy summer all year round

Stephanie Hirschmiller on the garden furniture you can leave outside in any season and in any weather

Apple are rumoured to be in talks to buy the company behind the Kinect - could a rebooted Apple TV with 3D sensors be in the works?

Rumours that Apple planned to buy 3D sensor specialists shot down

Israeli-based PrimeSense are specialists in 3D sensing technology, a key component for next-gen living room technology

August will see the launch of Ikea’s 2014 catalogue which, for the first time, includes a set of dinky versions of some of its most famous pieces

No more flat pack? Ikea furniture now comes ready-built, but there's a catch: it's for dolls' houses, not grown-ups

Bagging yourself a sofa, table, storage unit, rug, chair and cushion for £12 might sound like a steal even by Ikea’s standards, but there is a catch: you’d have to share measurements with the Lilliputians if you wanted to kick back and relax on this particular living room furniture.

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Microsoft defends 'holistic' design of Xbox One: Is it sneaking a PC into the living room?

Although most of the anger directed at the new Xbox One has focused on Microsoft’s policies regarding second-hand games, the actual look of the new console has also been met with confusion.

Jurors arrive outside the home of Mark Bridger during the trial

'Knock down Mark Bridger's cottage', say parents of murdered April Jones

Mount Pleasant cottage in Ceinws is the only place where remains of April have been found

One of the alleged attackers was captured in a picture posted on twitter

Woolwich Attack: In the wake of horror like this, social media brings out our worst instincts

These tweets and retweets are not analysis or democracy in action -  this is just the 21st century equivalent of scuttling to the gallows to watch a thief be hanged

Mark Bridger under cross-examination at Mold Crown Court

Mark Bridger tells Mold Crown Court he can't remember where he put April Jones' body

Bridger claims his memory went blank after he hit the five-year-old with a car

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London