The birth of a true Christmas special

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Power of sound: Cerys Matthews celebrates Sacred Harp

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Spirit of the Deep South lives on in the heart

OAP Ezekiel McCarthy avoids prison over murder of nephew

A pensioner who killed his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar walked free from court after a judge took pity on him.

Clint Dempsey of Tottenham Hotspur scores his side's third goal

'I told Clint Dempsey I loved him': Martin Jol says nothing could have stopped Tottenham forward departing Fulham

United States international left Cottagers on transfer deadline day

Woman dies in early hours collision on The Mall

A pedestrian died after being struck by two cars near Buckingham Palace today.

Man jailed for football fan murder

Alex Jarmay suffered three stab wounds. He collapsed after staggering outside a club

Fellaini levels to keep Fortress Goodison intact

It was another draw away from home but, in contrast to Saturday's rainswept stalemate at Villa Park, Arsenal's travelling supporters did not ask if their manager knew what he was doing.

18-year-old man charged with raping schoolgirl in Enfield

An 18-year-old man was today charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl who was on her way home from school, police said.

Laurie Armantrading, pictured outside Suffolk House in Palmers Green

Mentally ill people being left homeless despite available housing says charity

Mentally ill people are being left homeless despite there being available housing, a leading charity has said.

18 arrested in raids targeting gang suspected of bringing Iranian asylum seekers to UK

Seven people have been arrested in raids targeting a gang suspected of taking cash to help Iranian asylum seekers get into Britain.

Second man arrested over rape of 11-year-old girl in Enfield

A second man has been arrested in north London over a sex attack on an 11-year-old girl who was dragged into a park and raped on her way home from school.

IoS album review: Tulisa, The Female Boss (Island)

The public image of Tulisa Contostavlos has taken a battering over the past year, her positive approval ratings diminished by factors both beyond her control (the leaked sex tape), and very much within it (the tacky tattoo she flashed to pimp her perfume on The X Factor).

So many shades of grey – but none is lovelier than this bird’s

The shrike is a scarce winter visitor to Britain, so keep your eyes peeled

Champions League: Arsenal v Montpellier match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Emirates

Arsenal are ready to take a £10m gamble on future of Walcott

Arsenal are prepared to take a £10m hit by keeping Theo Walcott, pictured, until the end of the season if he refuses to sign a new contract before January.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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