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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

Dave Lee Travis trial: Former Radio One DJ was an 'opportunistic sex offender', court hears

The 68-year-old is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2003

A woman allegedly leaves a care home with a Christmas tree in Camberwell.

Police appeal after 'callous' thief supposedly steals Christmas tree from London care home

An alleged thief has been caught on camera supposedly stealing a Christmas tree from a care home in south London.

Rolf Harris to be prosecuted over three further allegations of indecent assault

Some of the new allegations date back 45 years, with one relating to a girl of seven or eight in 1968 or 1969

Carpetright's turnaround floored as profit and revenue fell in the first half

Tough conditions in Europe muted the modest success of Carpetright’s “self-help” efforts in the UK, as profit and revenue fell in the first half.

Christopher Foster was stabbed while having a cigarette with a friend in an alleyway outside a pub

Man stabbed to death outside pub in suspected case of mistaken identity

Police say 34-year-old was having a cigarette and chatting with friend

Last Briton born in the 1800s, Grace Jones, dies at 113

Miss Jones, who was a member of the small group of individuals who live to be over 110

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

The Heygate in Elephant and Castle, London, is to be demolished and new luxury flats, already being advertised as far afield as Malaysia and Hong Kong, will replace it

End of an area for notorious Heygate estate: social housing gives way for high rise in prices

As a leaseholder is evicted, residents are priced out of its replacement

Publicist Max Clifford has denied sexually assaulting six girls aged between 15 and 19

Max Clifford pleads not guilty to 11 sex abuse charges

PR man says he has had 'a very hard time'

JJB ex-chief’s court plea fails

Chris Ronnie, the former boss of the collapsed sports chain JJB, has failed to have his court case for an alleged £1m fraud thrown out.

UK's biggest-ever: P&O unveils mega-cruise ship Britannia

66ft longer than the London Shard is tall, the liner enters service next spring

From cyberspace to reality: Google’s £650m British HQ

Camden Council set to approve plans for the search engine’s new base in King’s Cross

More egg on his face: Ed Miliband pelted as he campaigns at Walworth market

Man had been following the Labour leader and a large group of journalists before throwing the eggs

James Humes and company in Titanic at the Southwark Playhouse

Theatre review: Titanic, Southwark Playhouse, London

The cover, which has been ‘The prophets of doom had a field day over Maury Yeston's musical Titanic when it was launched on Broadway in 1997 ahead of James Cameron's blockbuster cinematic weepie.  Technical glitches during the previews and a rumour-mill drooling with anticipatory schadenfreude convinced wiseacres that the $10 million dollar show, like the eponymous vessel, was on a collision course with disaster.

Wikipedia announces open initiatives: 'We're a startup in stealth mode'

Wikipedia wants you: 'We're a startup in stealth mode', says Jimmy Wales as he plans to open data to all

Changes include a simplified user interface and a better-publicised API to attract developers

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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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
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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