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Union Chapel gigs under threat from housing development plans

A working church in Islington has become an important live music venue, playing host to stars from Elton John to Noel Gallagher. But gigs at the Union Chapel are under threat from a housing development.

Axe-wielding bikers raid jeweller's shop inside Brent Cross shopping centre

Robbers on motorcycles raided a shopping centre jeweller's shop armed with axes today.

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IoS Pink List 2012: Lifetime achievement awards

These national treasures could jostle for position on The Pink List every year — in fact, most of them have done so, for some time. This year, we hope they won't mind taking their collective place on a separate podium to make room for some newcomers

84-year-old Ezekiel McCarthy admits killing nephew after mistaking him for a burglar

An 84-year-old man has admitted killing his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar.

Failed freezer blamed for fire that killed mother and five children

A house fire that caused the death of a mother and her five children last year was caused when a freezer failed, a coroner has found.

Family of Mark Duggan - whose death last summer led to widespread rioting across England - welcomes coroner ruling for an inquest into his death to be held early next year

The family of Mark Duggan have thanked a coroner for ruling that an inquest into his death must go ahead early next year even though the trial of a man alleged to have given a gun moments before he was shot dead has yet to conclude.

McKinnon is wanted in the US for hacking Nasa and defence systems

Hacker wins battle against extradition to US

Gary McKinnon sensationally won his fight against extradition to the United States yesterday, as the Home Secretary, Theresa May, ruled that the former computer hacker was not well enough to stand trial overseas.

Laughing gas linked to public schoolboy's death

A public schoolboy died after inhaling laughing gas with his friends, his devastated sister has revealed.

Funny business: Simon Bird in 'Friday Night
Dinner'

'I don't really view myself as an actor'

Simon Bird, of The Inbetweeners fame, tells Gerard Gilbert about his new sitcoms — and why his mum wishes he'd get on with his PhD

Funny business: Simon Bird in 'Friday Night Dinner'

Simon Bird: 'Danger with The Inbetweeners is that it will no longer be believable that we are under the age of 30'

Actor tells Gerard Gilbert about his new sitcoms and reveals his mother's real ambition for him

Confidential social services files 'found on set' of TV drama, says MP

Dozens of confidential social services files, including notes on the Victoria Climbie case, have been found at an old town hall which is being used as a set for a TV drama, an MP has said.

Mark Duggan 'involved in drugs deal' before he was shot

Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked last summer's riots, was trying to set up a drugs deal in the weeks before he was killed, a court heard yesterday.

Police officers injured during Pontins brawl

Three police officers were taken to hospital following a mass brawl involving up to 20 people at a popular seaside holiday park.

Would life be better as a toothbrush?

Sitting on my friend's sofa, drinking wine a couple of weeks ago. "Don't you sometimes wish," said my friend, her dog's head nestled happily on her knees as she gently frotted her stuffed rabbit (the dog, not my friend), "that you could just be a nice person's dog? That you didn't have to worry about being the nice person, but you could just rely on them being there to look after you? And not worry about them judging you if wanted to frot your teddy in public?"

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch