Yesterday the Environment Secretary said Somerset Levels residents were ‘right to be angry’

Isolated: British soldiers will carry on in Helmand as US troops leave

Give our recovering troops a free holiday, says Fox

Free sunshine breaks, travel tickets and second homes should be offered to recovering soldiers and their families in a bid to lift morale, the former Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, has said.

Warsi investigation 'to pick up loose ends'

An inquiry in to whether Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi breached the ministerial code will pick up any loose ends, Prime Minister David Cameron said today. 

John Rentoul: There was no cosy deal for Murdoch to gain from

There were no revelations and anyone who was expecting news should have known better

Search continues for missing child and adult after weir incident

Two children were taken to hospital and a search has been launched for another child and an adult missing after an incident at a weir, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Leveson Inquiry: Law-breaking very rare says Sky News boss John Ryley

The head of Sky News said journalists have to consider breaking the law to "shed light" on wrongdoing as it emerged that media regulator Ofcom is launching an investigation into the hacking of private email accounts by the broadcaster.

Ian Burrell: Intrusion is unpleasant – but sometimes it's justified

Intrusive as it sounds, a stranger being able to hack into a private email account and root around for information may sometimes be in the public interest. And journalists urgently need a public-interest defence so they can do just that.

John Darwin, the canoeist who faked his own death to claim life insurance, had his email correspondence with his co-conspirator wife, Anne, hacked by Sky News, the satellite channel admitted yesterday. The network said the criminal act was justified on the grounds of public interest but the revelation is likely to heap further pressure on Rupert Murdoch's News Corp

Sky News: we hacked emails in the public interest

Channel defends illegal accessing of canoe fraudsters' messages

Sky News admits hacking emails but says it was 'in the public interest'

Sky News, the British satellite broadcaster, said today that it had hacked into email accounts belonging to members of the public on two separate occasions, but that it had done so in the public interest.

Joan Smith: An intrusion that won't serve justice

It's hardly a secret that the debate on law and order tends to be skewed to the right of the political spectrum. Sentences are too short, prisons are too soft: the discourse of more punishment, less rehabilitation, is depressingly familiar. Now the Government seems ready to cave in to demands that TV cameras should be allowed into courtrooms in England and Wales, supposedly to reassure us that justice is actually being done.

Joan Smith: One TV show I won't be watching

There is a difference between sitting in the public gallery and seeing clips on TV

Leaked riot report identifies 500,000 forgotten families

A report looking into the causes of last year’s riots has identified “500,000 forgotten families,” where a lack of support and opportunities led to a widespread sense of hopelessness among young people.

BSkyB insists removal of website article did not challenge editorial independence

BSkyB today insisted that a decision by its chief executive to order the removal of a story about Formula 1 from the Sky News website for 40 hours did not represent a challenge to the channel’s editorial independence.

Euthanasia case gets legal go-ahead

The High Court today ruled that a paralysed man can begin legal proceedings for a doctor to end his "intolerable life".

Queen puts family first in Christmas Day address

The Queen is to use her Christmas Day broadcast to emphasise the importance of family, friends and community.

Terry is is at risk of being found guilty of a crime that would make his leadership of England's Euro 2012 campaign entirely inappropriate

James Lawton: One-eyed tribalism of supporters who fail to see the harm

A poll was running two-to-one that Suarez was harshly treated

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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