News The spherical cartoon-like sketch incredibly helped catch Glenn Rundles - who does have a rather round head

The local sheriff’s department has had the last laugh after a drawing widely panned as the worst police sketch ever has helped catch their suspect

$20,000 to catch Philadelphia burka raiders

Muslims in Philadelphia are offering a $20,000 (£12,000) reward for information following a series of crimes committed by men wearing burkas to conceal their identities.

A Division of the Light, By Christopher Burns

Twenty years ago, no broadsheet harangue on "the state of the novel" could fail to include some slight mention of Christopher Burns. The Flint Bed (1989) brought him a Whitbread shortlisting. There followed a terrific alpinist's epic, The Condition of Ice (1990), and a slightly lower-key Egyptian drama, In The Houses of the West (1993). Come the mid-1990s, the books began to dry up, and A Division of the Light has the distinction of being his first novel for a decade and a half.

Woman dies in fall 'trying to flee police'

An 18-year-old convicted thief fell to her death from the 17th floor of a block of flats in an apparent bid to escape police yesterday.

Robber who dressed as Elvis is jailed for life

A serial armed robber who dressed up as Elvis Presley and wore other bizarre disguises when he targeted betting shops was jailed yesterday.

'Elvis' armed robber jailed for life

A serial armed robber who dressed up as Elvis Presley and sported other bizarre disguises when he targeted betting shops across Britain was today jailed for life.

Five terror suspects killed in Bali

Police have shot dead five men who were allegedly planning to rob money changers, jewellers and other targets on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in a suspected bid to fund terrorist attacks, officials said today.

LA policewoman found guilty of love rival's murder in 1986

Bite mark on victim's arm provides crucial DNA evidence after cold case review

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18-year-old jailed for attack on Ashraf Rossli

An 18-year-old was today jailed for a total of seven years for attacking a Malaysian student during the London riots and other offences.

Forgive riot attackers pleads injured Malaysian student

The Malaysian student robbed by two thugs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots today said he does not bear a grudge towards his attackers and people should forgive them.

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Riots: Two guilty of attacking Malaysian student Ashraf Rossli

Two thugs who posed as Good Samaritans in one of the most notorious crimes of the London riots were facing jail tonight after being convicted of robbing a defenceless Malaysian student.

Malaysian tells of riots 'robbery'

A Malaysian student told a court how he knew he was being "robbed" by bogus Good Samaritans during the summer riots, but could not stop them.

Masked gunmen raid ancient Olympia museum

Two masked gunmen have stormed into a small museum at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece smashing display cases with hammers and making off with dozens of antiquities up to 3,200 years old.

One of the elaborate graves at the Asnieres cemetery

Thieves dig up pet cemetery to steal a poodle's €9,000 diamond collar

For nine years, rumours have circulated of buried treasure in the world's oldest pets' cemetery west of Paris. Owners have been burying their animals at Asnieres since 1899, among them the Hollywood canine star Rin Tin Tin and Tipsy the poodle, who was reportedly laid to rest by his wealthy American mistress wearing a diamond collar worth €9,000.

Scotland Yard arrests 121 in gangs crackdown

Scotland Yard is to nearly double its resources for fighting gang crime in a renewed crackdown on the problem.

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
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What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

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Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

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