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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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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