Voices A protestor is hit by water sprayed from a water cannon during clashes in Taksim Square

To bring them in would be deeply damaging to the principle of policing by consent

Floodwater sweeps through York city centre after the River Ouse burst its banks

Looters strike as thousands are left homeless after worst storm for 30 years

Thousands of homes were still under threat of flooding last night after days of heavy rain caused disruption across the North – with outbreaks of looting in some areas.

How The Independent covered the Glencore food crisis story yesterday

Vatican urges G20 to convene crisis summit on food prices

Holy See attacks grain speculators for profiting from the most poor and needy on the planet

Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Here's a Spider-Man reboot with a difference. Over the course of a hypnotic hour, Scottish Writer of the Year Alan Bissett weaves together a series of compelling, odd little monologues, performed in character as various species of spider.

Beats, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

It’s 11pm and there are lights strobing and music thumping as you enter the theatre for Beats. DJ Johnny Whoop, who started out on the 90s Glasgow rave scene, is on the decks while Jamie Wardrop’s trippy visuals throb and pulse on a big screen behind.

Kasparov accused of biting police officer in protest

Russian opposition leader and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was called for questioning yesterday after a police officer accused him of biting his hand while being arrested.

Team GB fans show their support in a wholly positive way

Kevin Garside: After the Olympics football returns – to the Stone Age

The Way I See It: Why accept conduct from footballers that we would not tolerate in a child?

Timbuctoo, By Tahir Shah

A Regency-era romp through decadent London hides sly lessons for the present in its plot

Laurie Penny: There's no democracy – Putin is the Tsar of Russia now

"It's just amazing to see some women doing real protest, making a real noise," says Hayley Foster Da Silva, 29, a pharmacist and activist holding a sparkly home-made sign that reads "Free Pussy Riot". "It's all about freedom of speech."

Leading article: A verdict on Vladimir Putin

In a chilling passage of the verdict read aloud in a Moscow court today, three members of punk group Pussy Riot were said to be "motivated by religious enmity and hatred". A reasonable response might be that those who have locked up these young singers for the crime of blasphemy in Vladimir Putin's Russia were motivated by religious bigotry and fear.

Pussy Riot trial heads towards a shabby ending

Judge will tomorrow deliver the verdict but it has already been decided by the Kremlin

Five held after Amiens riots

Five people have been arrested in connection with rioting in northern France which renewed concerns about security in marginalised areas facing high unemployment.

French rioters open fire on police in Amiens

Rioters have shot at police during a wave of violence that swept part of the northern French town of Amiens.

Last Night's Viewing: The Riots: In Their Own Words, BBC2
Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down, ITV1

The Riots: In Their Own Words began with a clip of the Prime Minister giving voice to the national bemusement just a few days after the disturbances of last summer: "The question hangs in the air – why?" An hour later it was still hanging there, some individual answers having been offered by Alecky Blythe and Fatima Salaria's verbatim documentary, but no grand collective ones.

Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samusevich

John Kampfner: The Pussy Riot trial won't bring down Vladimir Putin

It is wishful thinking. He has yet to create the hunger for change that led to the Arab Spring

Television choices: Insights into the reasons behind the riots

TV pick of the week: The Riots: In Their Own Words

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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