Disruption at Oxford Circus Tube as plaster falls from ceiling

Services at one of London's busiest Tube stations were affected during the morning rush-hour after plaster fell from a ceiling.

IoS paperback review: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, By Oliver Burkeman

Self help for those who refuse to look on the bright side of life

Elf and happiness: the 10.10am arrives in Brighton

Simon Calder: Goodwill to all men – except rail passengers

The man who pays his way

RMT general secretary Bob Crow

Pre-Christmas rail strikes called off but Boxing Day Tube strike will go ahead

Pre-Christmas strikes that threatened to cause chaos for hundreds of thousands of rail passengers have been called off.

A view of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Arsenal's Boxing Day clash against West Ham cancelled due to threat of Tube strike

London derby at the Emirates over Christmas is axed

Transport cleaners set to lobby MPs over pay and conditions

Cleaners from rail and other transport firms will lobby MPs tomorrow as part of a national campaign for better pay and conditions.

We did not deserve Sweden defeat, insists Hodgson

Paris St Germain star Ibrahimovic grabbed his fourth goal in the 4-2 win with a wonder goal

RMT mark 25th anniversary of Kings Cross fire by demanding the scrapping proposed staffing cuts

Transport trade unionists marking the 25th anniversary of a devastating Tube station fire today demanded the scrapping of proposed staffing cuts.

Journey, the game with no guns and no enemies

Game City Prize winner Journey: Balm for the console

No guns, no enemies, no point? Video games have a reputation for violence, but the winner of a prestigious industry award is an utterly peaceful affair, says David Crookes

San Marino serenely beaten after delaying the inevitable

Residents of the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, to honour the country with its full title, no doubt treat news of a drubbing on the football field with suitable serenity. They have, after all, had plenty of practice and would have expected nothing else from last night's rabbit shoot.

There are calls for a major Tube safety investigation after another incident today

Calls for a major Tube safety investigation after third child is found on tracks in just two weeks

The latest incident involved a 12-year-old boy who accidently stayed on board a Bakerloo Line train when it went into sidings after its final passenger stop.

Ferguson: Rio will be far more important to me than to England

Sir Alex Ferguson glad Rio Ferdinand is finished with England

Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday welcomed the fact that Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to play for his country again, saying it would benefit both the 33-year-old defender and Manchester United.

Simon Patterson: Under Cartel, Haunch of Venison, London

Patterson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 for The Great Bear, a reworking of the London Tube map that substituted all the station names for that of celebrities, Old Masters and Chinese dissidents.

Paralympics creates 'new and unique challenges' for London's transport system

The public transport system, which coped well with the Olympics, will face "some new and unique challenges" from the Paralympics.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003