Sport Lizzy Yarnold kisses her trophy after being crowned the women's skeleton world champion near Koenigssee, southern Germany

The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Single parents will ‘bear brunt’ of benefit cap

Single parents will be disproportionately affected by the new benefit cap, according to official figures, which show three-quarters of those affected on the pilot scheme are bringing up children alone.

Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp

Neighbour of Tia Sharp's grandmother convicted of wasting police time

Paul Meehan told detectives he saw her walk past his home, after she had died

Travel Click firm goes bust on busiest week of year for holidaymakers

As Britain's busiest week of the year for outbound holidaymakers gets under way, the first significant travel-company collapse of the summer has taken place.

Suspicious fire kills two in west London flat

A fire that killed two people at a flat is being treated as suspicious, police said.

Two men arrested after courier left critically wounded as van stolen

Victim tried to stop thieves and was run over after clinging to outside of cab

A man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry, police confirmed

Man admits threatening to kill Prince Harry

A man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry, police confirmed on Sunday.

Shane Sutton at the London 2012 Olympics

Wiggins a 'great loss for Team Sky' says Shane Sutton

British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton believes the loss of Sir Bradley Wiggins for the Tour de France will “massively” weaken Team Sky but lift a weight off the shoulders of lead rider Chris Froome.

'Hunting posse' get life for killing boy

Four teenagers were given life terms for killing a 15-year-old boy who was chased by a "hunting posse of boys on bicycles".

Four get life for murder of Negus McLean

Four gang members were given life terms today for killing a 15-year-old boy who was chased by a “hunting posse of boys on bicycles” and stabbed.

David Haye pictured promoting his fight against Manuel Charr

Boxing: David Haye pulls out of comeback fight with Manuel Charr

The former heavyweight champion suffers a hand injury in training

Stuart Hazell before his arrest in August last year

'You know I'm not a bad person': Stuart Hazell wrote letter to father whilst on remand for Tia Sharp murder

Hazell denies sexually assaulting and killing the 12-year-old last year

London councillor Brian Coleman admits assaulting female café owner who photographed him breaking parking rules

A controversy-prone former Tory councillor has pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of the public after she tried to film him breaking parking rules.

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French-owned Sita UK poised to land £900m waste deal

French-owned utility firm Sita UK is set to take over the disposal of rubbish in west London in a £900 million scheme that will mean 300,000 tonnes of trash a year are no longer sent to landfill.

Man charged with murdering brother after funeral of another sibling in south London

A man was charged today with murdering his younger brother.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert