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A man with a bloodied knife flees moments after a reveller is stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Portobello, By Ruth Rendell

The fine art of mystery in Notting Hill

A third crack at the Cabinet – courtesy of his sworn enemy

Twice he has held ministerial office, and twice he has been forced to step down. But Peter Mandelson has been given another chance by Gordon Brown, despite their history of feuding.

White riot: The week Notting Hill exploded

Today, Notting Hill is one of the nation's most exclusive enclaves, home to the rich, famous and fashionable. But it hasn't always been an oasis of affluence. Fifty years ago this week, it was gripped by the worst racial violence ever seen in Britain. Mark Olden hears the inside story of the riots and their aftermath

Violent end to Notting Hill Carnival

The end of the Notting Hill Carnival was marred when a street mob clashed with the police.

Michael X: A Life In Black And White, by John Williams

Notting Hill to death row

David Cameron's bike stolen while he shopped

David Cameron has become another victim of crime, it was disclosed today.

Victim of diarist's mudslinging chooses act of revenge in kind

When John Major inquired what sort of treatment he should expect from The Sun on the evening of Black Wednesday, the newspaper's editor Kelvin Mackenzie replied: "Well, John, it's like this. I've got this big bucket of shit on my desk and I'm going to tip it all over your head."

Tim Lott: I've become so disillusioned with interior design

What is interior design? Those who evangelise it will claim it is all about beauty, elegance and making an ugly world a little more lovely. But to me it is far more about the pursuit of "good taste" – that great, and yawningly empty, holy grail for the anxious middle-classes.

Cameron 'sorry' for cycling offences

A contrite David Cameron apologised today after he was spotted apparently breaking a series of traffic laws while cycling to Westminster.





Rise of the gazunderers

In the fight to drive a hard bargain, hundreds of home-buyers are no longer playing fair. Jamie Merrill hearshow one man’s move turned to chaos when the offer he’d accepted was slashed – at the very last minute

Cameron's family-friendly policy undermined by leaked report

David Cameron's drive to turn the Conservatives into "the party of the family" has been undermined by a leaked report suggesting people switch to Labour once they have children. The document was seized on by Labour, which claimed it showed that Mr Cameron's decision to allow ITV News to film his family at their Notting Hill home on Thursday was a "cynical" act in response to Tory polling showing the party's weakness on family policy. The leaked report suggested the Tories echo Barack Obama's "Change we can believe in" slogan by adopting "Change you can trust" as a campaign theme.

Last Night's TV: I don't know how they can sleep at night

Freezing, BBC2; Ice Road Truckers, Five

Holding role is made for me, says Hargreaves

It is a perilous business making bold predictions about Sven Goran Eriksson's England but there is one certainty in Cologne tonight that the most conservative of gamblers would find hard to resist; it is now or never for Owen Hargreaves.

Film: And the winner is... who cares?

They're dull and political. No wonder the European Film Awards are a flop.

Property: Place your bids, please

Inviting bids for a property is becoming increasingly common, and is seen as the quickest way of securing a good price for the seller. But are housebuyers being forced to pay over the odds? By Ginetta Vedrickas
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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