Edward Snowden delivered this year's Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4

Edward Snowden warns over global threat to privacy during Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message

The NSA whistleblower, who revealed mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, broadcast his message on Christmas Day

Google's offer to improve competition has been rejected by the European Commission

‘Unacceptable’: Brussels dismisses Google offer to improve competition

Google’s proposals to counter European concerns about its dominant position in the search business do not go far enough, the Continent’s top anti-trust official has warned, putting pressure on the Californian tech giant as the European Commission’s investigation into the matter nears its conclusion.

Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond were acquitted of the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan

Two Marines acquitted of murdering wounded Afghan insurgent are named

High Court lifts anonymity order preventing publication of their identities

Graeme Swann has apologised for comments he made that drew heavy criticism from rape charities

Ashes 2013-14: England spinner Graeme Swann issues apology for his 'crass and thoughtless' comments comparing defeat in Perth to rape

Swann commented on his brother's Facebook page but has since apologised on his remark via his Twitter account

The agent, 63, of Larkfield Close, Bury (left) stands accused of attacking a 46-year-old woman in Bury, Greater Manchester

Neville Neville has been found ‘not guilty’ of sexual assault

His son, Gary Neville, broke down in tears as the jury cleared the football agent of all charges

NSA records 5 billion global mobile phone locations daily

'Staggering' revelations show a database of 'hundreds of millions of devices' worldwide although only 'a tiny fraction of 1 per cent' of data is used

Tom Daley says his whole world has changed

Tom Daley's coming out video was brave and honest... and something else as well

Perhaps we saw a hint of manipulation too in this piece to camera

Timmy Murphy

Timmy Murphy and Dominic Elsworth face hearing over Newbury scrap

Tinie Tempah was one of the celebrity names at Newbury yesterday, jockeys' temper one of the talking points. An incident in which Timmy Murphy was injured after coming to blows with fellow-rider Dominic Elsworth on Friday is to be investigated by the British Horseracing Horseracing Authority, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The men could face charges of bringing the sport into disrepute.

The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67

Lewis Collins: The Professionals' Bodie dies at 67 after five-year cancer struggle

The actor died surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles

Graeme Swann takes part in an Aboriginal dance during a visit to
Ayers Rock

Ashes 2013-14: England find time to smile for now but vow to resume sledging war in second Test against Australia

Tourists must prepare in the outback this week for the cauldron of the second Test in Adelaide

Stuart Broad pictured in Uluru, with the famous Ayers Rock in the background

Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad calls for big improvement and hopes privacy will get Jonathan Trott on road to recovery

England are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 381-run defeat to Australia although they are without batsman Trott after he left the tour with a stress-related illness

One in five Londoners have been victims of claims spam in the last 24 hours, new research claims

Nearly two-thirds of Londoners believe that unsolicited messages should be made illegal

Paperback review: Her Privates We, by Frederic Manning

Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who settled in Britain in 1903, was little known before this fictionalised account of his experiences in the trenches was published in 1930, attracting praise from Hemingway and E M Forster. But while the wartime poetry of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke has become lodged in the collective consciousness, Manning’s extraordinary novel, reissued here by Serpent’s Tail, remains somewhat obscure.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee said growing censorship is threatening democracy

'Excessive' surveillance knocks UK down table for 'free and open web'

Even Chile, Uruguay and South Africa beat us in the WWWF index

Jason Day has suffered tragedy from the Philippines typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan: Jason Day learns eight relatives died in the Philippines tragedy, but will compete in event in Melbourne this week

Australia's Jason Day will compete in this week's World Cup in Melbourne despite learning that eight relatives, including his grandmother, have died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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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
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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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
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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
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'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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