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

Facebook and Twitter top twenty: The Independent stories you've been sharing this year

From drunken nights out with a llama to testicle-eating fishes, it’s a mixed bag of stories you’ve been sharing on social media in 2013.

Among the top twenty Independent articles you’ve been tweeting and posting on Facebook this year, there are serious reports, ferocious comment pieces, astounding research and a fair few articles that pay tribute to the adage ‘the truth is stranger than fiction.’

Norad Santa Tracker 2013: Follow Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents

You'll be able to track Father Christmas thanks to Norad

The comedian attempted to crack a joke in response to one follower’s questions, but ended up coming off as a massive racist in the process

Steve Martin apologises for racist Twitter joke

The comedian attempted to crack a joke in response to one follower’s questions, but ended up coming off a bit racist in the process

Jonathan Ross’ agent, Addison Cresswell, pictured here with his brother, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night aged just 53 years old

Jonathan Ross’ agent Addison Cresswell dies, aged 53

The representative worked with some of the comedy circuit’s best known stars, including Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Alan Carr and Jack Dee

O2 has been forced to amend its so-called 'porn filter' after it inadvertently blocked access to charity sites

O2 changes porn filter after charity sites blocked

The telecoms company O2 has been forced to amend its so-called “porn filter” after it inadvertently blocked access to charity sites including ChildLine, the NSPCC and the Samaritans.

This year's Facebook, Twitter and Google trends have reaffirmed my faith in humans

It's the time of year for lists and round-ups, but what do they say about society?

The photo that the mother of a suicide victim sends along with his ashes to strangers so her thrill-seeking son can fulfill his dream of travelling the world

Facebook gives mother of US Air Force thrill-seeker CJ Twomey one final adventure in ashes scattering

Hundreds of strangers on Facebook have helped Hallie Twomey with her mission

BT's new online parental filter contains an option to block access to sex education content

BT Internet filter gives parents option to block 'gay and lesbian lifestyle' content

The 'sex education' blocking category also prevents access to information on abortion, pregnancy, STIs and contraception

New Year's resolutions: the best apps to help you keep your promises in 2014

Every year, millions of Britons resolve to be better people and pledge various New Year’s resolutions - to be healthier or friendlier; to s spend time with family, for example -  but invariably we end up falling back into old habits the moment we go back to work.

GTA 5: Rockstar bans gamers stealing in-game money worth millions

An alternate game world dubbed the 'cheater's pool' has been created for infringing players, but stats show that cheaters have accumulated trillions in in-game currency

Mark Zuckerberg announces $2.3bn Facebook share sale

Facebook shares fall as much as 5 per cent in pre-market trading

Reed Elsevier announces knowledge partnership with University College London

Media giant Reed Elsevier is set to join forces with London’s biggest university, University College London, to share knowledge and technology on data and analytics.

Man charged after dangling dog out of window by leash 'because it was raining too hard to take it for a walk'

Tyler Smith, 23, was reported to be looking after pet dog Max while his parents were away

A very altruistic Christmas: Ingenious ideas that provide a welcome antidote to festive splurging

Forget the last-minute dash to splash the cash on presents - there is an alternative approach to giving, and it needn't cost you a penny

The young tourist, who has not been named, was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the cold water of the bay.

Status: Wet - Woman walks off a pier while checking Facebook on her phone

The young tourist was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the cold water

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

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Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital