Fifa 14 vs PES 14: which is the better game?

The twin titans of football gaming duke it out for another year, but which offers the best experience?

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: Microsoft refreshes its hybrid tablet/laptop range

Ambitious launch shows that the company still intends to compete with Apple in the tablet market

Microsoft unveils biggest Bing redesign yet, but can they take on Google?

New revamp aligns Bing as one of Microsoft's four core platforms next to Office, Windows and Xbox

A psychiatric hospital was destroyed by fire in the Novgorod region town of Luka.

Thirty-seven die as 19th Century wooden psychiatric hospital in Russia burns down

Fire is thought to have been caused by a patient either smoking or setting himself alight

Nokia-built 10-inch Windows RT tablet leaked

Codenamed 'Sirius', the tablet looks sharp but the price is more than a little off-putting

Undeniable charm: the Nokia Lumia

Honest charm: the Ikea of the phone world

A week with... Nokia Lumia 625

Kent Fire: Smoke plumes seen 20 miles away

A tyre fire has broken out across an industrial state in Gravesend, sending black smoke plumes into the sky that are visible from 20 miles away.

Columbia: Troops on streets after two die in Bogota riots

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has deployed troops to patrol the capital following disturbances in which at least two people died.

Nokia Bandit rumours: a 6-inch, quad-core 1080p Lumia phablet

Device said to be relased by the end of the year

Sensational typing: the Orée wooden keyboard

A week with: The Orée wooden keyboard

As thick as a plank (not in a bad way...)

Sinkhole opens up near Disney World in Florida

A sinkhole caused a section of a Florida resort villa near Disney World to partially collapse Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said.

Tail back: easyJet planes at Geneva airport

Simon Calder: Sunday night flight into the unknown

The man who pays his way

A week with: The latest hybrid laptops

There are more hybrid laptops on the market than ever before. Here we test four of the latest contenders

Stolen personal details of 400,000 witnesses and defendants at Salford Magistrates Court found for sale on eBay

The £1,200 server was returned but police found insufficient evidence to find the thief

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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