Voices A protestor is hit by water sprayed from a water cannon during clashes in Taksim Square

To bring them in would be deeply damaging to the principle of policing by consent

Police in the street where the bomb was planted

Northern Ireland: Former police officer finds bomb planted under his car

A former policeman in Northern Ireland appears to have saved both his own and his 12-year-old daughter's lives when he spotted a bomb planted under his car.

7,500 apply for 100 police officer posts in Northern Ireland

Nearly 7,500 people applied for just 100 officers' jobs at the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the force has said.

Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill is determined to make a fresh start by addressing the talent drain to the Republic of Ireland

Michael O'Neill agrees two-year extension as Northern Ireland manager

O'Neill has been in charge since December 2011

Leicester's Miles Benjamin hands off Tom Court

Ulster 22 Leicester 16: Jackson’s aim is true as Ulster see off Tigers

Hosts recover from early setback to maintain Ravenhill fortress

Chris Brunt tries to make progress during Northern Ireland's defeat

Azerbaijan 2 Northern Ireland 0: Further Irish shame with loss in Baku

Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years

Gareth McAuley is expected to start for Northern Ireland

World Cup Qualifying: Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland match preview

A look ahead to this week’s World Cup Qualifier in Baku

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Northern Ireland

'Eusebio should not be sad' says Cristiano Ronaldo as comparison debate rages in Portugal

The Real Madrid forward overtook his countryman's tally for the national team last month

England/N.Ire came 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries (Getty)

British education in crisis? Literacy and numeracy skills of young people in UK among lowest in developed world

Pupils worse at maths and English than grandparents with England 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries

Bradley Wiggins suffered injury in his attempt to win the 2012 Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia takes spin round Ireland in next year's race

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will host the first three days of next year’s Giro d’Italia.

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The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Fifa delay decision to confirm 2022 World Cup switch, with task force to analyse moving the Qatar tournament to winter

The decision represents something of a U-turn for football's governing body

Conservative Party conference: Theresa Villiers raises alarm about 'lethal' Republican violence

Fears among ministers that numbers of dissident Republicans prepared to attempt terror attacks are growing

Liam Adams arrives at Belfast Crown Court

Gerry Adams’ brother, Liam, found guilty of raping his daughter

Former IRA commander repeatedly abused Aine Adams when she was aged between 5 and 9

Ireland reunified – in its passports at least, which include a map of whole island

The new Irish passport includes verses in Ulster Scots as well as a map of the entire island for the first time.

Ordnance Survey recreates 220,000 square miles of Great Britain in Minecraft

A summer intern from the mapping agency used open source data to create the 22 billion block model

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
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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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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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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
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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
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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?
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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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The man who hunts giants

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