Arts and Entertainment David Beckham will have a cameo role in the Only Fools and Horses reunion sketch on Sport Relief in March

The footballer will join Del Boy and Rodney for their first reunion in a decade

Athlete's killer sentenced to minimum 30 year prison term

A young gang member was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years today for the shooting murder of a promising athlete.

Carpetright warns on profits again as sales in UK take a tumble

Having issued five profit warnings in 2011, the floor-coverings retailer Carpetright began the new year with another one.

Damilola Taylor was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham

Damilola Taylor's killer freed from prison

One of schoolboy Damilola Taylor's killers who was recalled to jail after breaching the terms of his licence has been released.

Sean Durkin's seriously creepy thriller, Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene will finally be released in the UK on 3 February
The listing hull of the Costa Concordia looms over Giglio harbour last night

'There were so many children and lots of people were thanking God that they were still alive'

Michael Day reports from the Tuscan village inundated by survivors

Best state schools add £77,000 to the value of nearby homes

A top-performing state school can add up to £77,000 to the value of a house within its catchment area, according to new research, with the cost of properties near the 50 best-performing state schools 35 per cent higher than in the rest of the UK.

The 2011 riots: What happened? What now?

The clean-up is well under way on the damaged streets. Now, it’s time to count the cost of four days of lawlessness and destruction

Police looking to identify skeletal remains

Police are attempting to identify a man whose skeletal remains were discovered behind a bush by a dog walker.

Remains of man found in bag leave police baffled

The skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit were found tied up in a windsurfing bag in a street in South-east London, leaving police mystified as to how he came to be left there.

Man's body found in a bag

The skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit were found tied up in a windsurfing bag, according to a man who saw the body.

Greggs suffers on high street

The bakery chain Greggs yesterday blamed tougher than expected trading conditions and additional bank holidays for a fall in first-half profits. Greggs posted a 4.2 per cent rise in sales to £335m over the 26 weeks to 2 July, boosted by 39 new stores.

Recriminations fly as ministers head home early from their holidays

Senior politicians from all political parties were scrabbling to cancel their holiday plans and find return flights to London yesterday in time for a symbolic emergency debate in the House of Commons on the London riots.

Greggs delivery driver assaulted

Bakery chain Greggs said one of its stores was destroyed by fire, another looted and a delivery driver assaulted during last night's riots.

London riots spiral out of control

Rioters were rampaging across Britain's capital again tonight as politicians and police chiefs tried desperately to curb the "sheer criminality".

Carpetright has to cut prices in tough market

Carpetright, the UK's biggest floor-coverings retailer, gave warning yesterday it expects trading conditions to remain tough as it reported a 0.2 per cent decline in like-for-like sales.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas