News Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 17 2014

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is “astonished” at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a “normal, decent human being”.

Gerald Abrahams dons his placard

Lonely landscaper tries alternative approach to dating

In a bid to start his year off successfully, 39-year old landscaper Gerald Abrahams walked the streets of London with a sandwich board displaying the texts: “Hot brunette wanted for 2014!”, “Dates or romance”, “Must like dogs and landscapers” accompanied by his email address.

Frank Bwalya, in red, with supporters holding red cards to protest against government in 2011.

Zambian politician Frank Bwalya charged with defamation for calling President Sata a potato

Mr Bwalya allegedly called the President a "chumbu mushololwa" on the radio.

This is london: Broadcasting House

Outrage over commercialisation plans for BBC World Service

Leaked letter talks of 'wider commercialisation' and private funding for radio, while the World News TV service told to swap politics for fashion

Long may the BBC continue

More important for the corporation’s integrity is the future of its World Service

BBC's Liz Barclay joins the Financial Services Consumer Panel

BBC business journalist Liz Barclay is set to join the Financial Consumer Panel, which advises the Financial Conduct Authority.

Sherlock series three: Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes

Sherlock fans treated to behind-the-scenes video ahead of third series

Cast and crew offer some hints as to what viewers can expect

Gred Dyke said Lord Patten’s presence was damaging the corporation, and he had mishandled the row over staff payoffs

BBC would be better off without 'busted flush' Chris Patten, says Greg Dyke

Chris Patten is a “busted flush” as chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s former director-general Greg Dyke has claimed.

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Rob Ford writes humiliating apology after false claim reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

Dashed hopes: Justin Bieber was 'just messing around' and will not be retiring

Justin Bieber isn't retiring from music after all

All celebrations must now end as the 'Boyfriend' singer is here to stay

Anchorman fired after 'Let's get the f*** out of here' comment made on air

Justin Kraemer made the mistake just after he finished presenting KSN News

Ded Moroz (Father Frost) meets children in Moscow. The Russian equivalent of Father Christmas has been banned from state TV in Tajikistan

Father Christmas outlawed by Tajikistan TV

The country has banned Father Frost - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - from appearing on state TV as the character 'bears no relation to national traditions'

Why World Service and Radio 4 led the field on Mandela

The week in radio

Northampton’s George North takes on the Ospreys in October’s Heineken Cup encounter at Franklin’s Gardens

RFU to 'flog guts out' to heal Heineken Cup divide

The Rugby Football Union is not prepared to go to war with its own top-flight clubs in an effort to save the threatened Heineken Cup, but it is ready to explore every other available option in the search for a peace deal that might protect the tournament from the worst excesses of its own stakeholders. The price of failure will be heavy indeed. "It would open up a Pandora's Box for the game across the world," admitted Ian Ritchie, the Twickenham chief executive. No pressure, then.

Robin van Persie together with Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie talks up importance of partnership with Wayne Rooney amid Manchester United woes

The pair have not been able to play together as much as they would have liked so far this term

Grounds people work in the gardens at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa

In pictures: South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela's funeral

South African government announced that preparations for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela are in full swing. Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings.Works are also underway at various venues such as the Union Buildings in Pretoria, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Mthatha and Qunu in the Eastern Cape, and at ports of entry to prepare for the events related to the State Funeral.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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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

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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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

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