Sean Rigg: The musician died after officers used ‘unsuitable force’ on him

IPCC to re-examine custody death of Sean Rigg as review criticises initial investigation

Police officers who used “unsuitable force” to restrain a schizophrenic man who died in custody face further scrutiny after a review criticised the police watchdog for failures in its initial investigation.

People attending terror training camps will be barred from holding passport, says Theresa May

People who attend terror training camps abroad will be barred from holding a British passport, the Home Secretary announced today.

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh, Brad Haddin of Australia, Australian captain Michael Clarke, and former Australian captain Mark Taylor

Brad Haddin calls for unity in Australia squad ahead of the Ashes

Wicketkeeper replaces Shane Watson as Michael Clarke's deputy

Shamina Yousuf, Enkarta Balapovi and Shashi Kala Obhrai (left, centre, right) all ‘employed’ the woman at various times, and have all been convicted of varying degrees of abuse

Raped, beaten, and enslaved for years – and handed back to her tormentors when she went to beg police for help

A modern-day slave passed between three middle-class families during years of horrific abuse is suing a police force that returned her to one of her tormentors.

Second suspect of Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev

Youtube, Amazon and the Russian answer to Facebook all offer a glimpse into the minds of the Boston bombing suspects

Postings suggest Islamic fervour, a desire for Chechen independence, and an interest in forgeries

How they get away with ruining a getaway

In travel, the boundary between legitimate business practice and fraud has always been blurred. In the days of price-fixing, some airlines connived with agents, back-dating tickets to generate lower fares and fill planes.

Oscar Pistorius must provide authorities with his travel plans at least a week before he leaves South Africa

Oscar Pistorius free to compete in Moscow after bail conditions are changed to allow foreign travel

Relaxation of bail terms means runner accused of murder could participate in summer championships

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

London Welsh lose appeal over points deduction

Aviva Premiership club were deducted five points and given a £15,000 fine

Get your passports out! Forget the snow and winter's relentless icy grip, where are the best getaways for a warming early break?

Ranging from 20C to a blistering 31C, Sophie Lam and Ben Ross have suggestions for holidays to thaw your spirit

Rugby round-up: London Welsh to fight sanctions

London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips has blasted the Rugby Football Union over sanctions imposed on the club for fielding an ineligible player in 10 matches.

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott banned from rugby for life

Scott punished for role in fielding of ineligible player

Thomas Cook announced plans to axe 2,500 UK jobs

Simon Calder: So Thomas Cook branches are closing - but travellers who book holidays on the internet instead will miss their expertise

The internet is made for travel, connecting millions of people with billions of combinations of flight seats, hotel beds and rental cars. You can understand anyone with a broadband connection concluding that, as they have access to the same products as the traditional travel agent, they too must be a travel agent.

Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell in court on child sex charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has made his first appearance in court accused of child sex offences.

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, arrives at Guararapes International airport in Recife

Touchdown in Brazil: Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez met by friends – and enemies

After five years of fighting for her right to travel abroad, Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez’s arrival in Brazil today was bittersweet.

American fighter Adrien Broner has won all 25 of his fights

Boxing: Level on points after the insults, but Adrien Broner should beat Gavin Rees in ring

Welshman promises to silence “disrespectful”  American – but the odds are heavily against him

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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