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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.

Four cleared of plot to defraud  investors in iSoft

Three former directors at the technology group iSoft were yesterday cleared of defrauding the company’s investors.

Justin Lee Collins fined for speeding offence

Justin Lee Collins has been hit with a £327 bill for speeding on a motorway in his Mini Cooper.

3 October 2012: Retired Indian lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar is escorted out of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport after his arrival from London in Mumbai

Sikh separatists tried to slash throat of retired Indian general in London revenge attack, court hears

Four Sikh separatists tried to slash the throat of a retired Indian general in a revenge attack carried out on the streets of London, a court heard today.

Jimmy Savile's former driver David Smith denies sex offences

The first man to be charged in the police inquiry prompted by claims into disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile has denied a string of sex offences.

Protesters from Greenpeace scaling the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard

The height of madness? Or a lofty ambition as six women scale Shard to make a point? It all ends in arrest anyway

Ambitious Greenpeace stunt drew neck-craning crowds and widespread media coverage for protest against Shell's Arctic drilling

A land-hugging complex in King’s Cross that will be longer (at 330m) than the Shard is tall (310)

Google's latest London office is no Shard, but a massive footprint 'groundscraper'

It pretty much owns the internet, all of our data and, well, us. It flogs phones, controls YouTube and makes more money than many countries. It’s also introduced us to new levels of wackiness when it comes to the work place. Football tables, air hockey, padded cells (sorry, chill out “snugs”), hi-tech roof terraces, it’s all very groovy, and all very Google. Jealous? Of course we are.

MI5 officer tells court of her secret date watching spy film

Two MI5 officers disobeyed instructions to stay apart from each other and held a secret rendezvous to watch the espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a court heard.

London’s busiest Citizens Advice Bureau, where thousands of people at the sharp end of Britain’s latest round of welfare reform come for urgent help

'Soaring' numbers need urgent help from Citizens Advice Bureau after welfare changes 'drive people to despair'

Tougher sanctions and hardship payments for those on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) prompted a 40 per cent rise in people seeking assistance

Drummer Lee Rigby

Lee Rigby inquest: Soldier had been working at Tower of London on day of death

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby was killed as he returned to his barracks after a day working at the Tower of London, it was revealed today.

The Apprentice contestants get stuck in

An udder disaster? The Apprentice hopefuls cream off profit in milkshake task

Apprentice hopefuls are hoping to avoid an udder disaster as they try to cream off the biggest profit in their latest task.

Three forgers jailed after undercover operation that revealed £50,000 of fake £1 coins

Some of the high quality fake currency might still be in circulation say police

The pinnacle of The Shard

High anxiety: More than 200 visitors stranded 800ft up The Shard after lift stops working

The unlucky visitors were left stuck on the 68th floor for more than an hour after a fire alarm was "accidentally activated”

Video: the London Community Gospel Choir

Gospel singing is staging a comeback, and next week the London Community Gospel Choir are hoping to break the record for the most gospel singers gathered together under concert conditions (target: 1200). Get a taste of gospel by watching the choir in action around London below:

Metropolitan Police to combine rape and abuse units to tackle grooming gangs

The controversial rape investigation team at Scotland Yard is facing a major reorganisation and may change its name after a string of controversies.

The roof of the Cuming Museum in Southwark on fire

Egyptian treasures feared destroyed in five-hour London museum blaze

But firefighters say they have managed to save more than 500 objects

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness