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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.

Firefighters attend the blaze at at the Newington Library on Walworth Road, Southwark

Crews fight to save blaze museum at Cuming Museum and Newington library in Walworth

More than a hundred firefighters have been trying to save a collection of artefacts from a blazing museum.

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman speed down the Shard on a motorbike in the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who's 3D 50th anniversary special will be 'like the Bourne Identity with motorcycles'

Actor Matt Smith has said Doctor Who fans can look forward to it being the "biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for the show" as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Vicky Pryce took her ex-husband’s penalty points for speeding

Do you have any sympathy for Vicky Pryce?

Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne, has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice, after accepting licence points on behalf of Huhne, when he was caught by a speeding camera in 2003.

Police failed to investigate alleged rapist who went on to kill his children

Scotland Yard's Sapphire Unit persuaded woman to drop charges so as to hit performance targets

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Hampshire Cricket Club, Eastleigh

It's Goodbye Mr Clegg and Mr Chips: Just some of 200,000 surnames now extinct

Since becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has presided over a widely publicised fall in party membership. But it’s not just the Liberal Democrat grassroots that are in danger of becoming extinct.

Editorial: Don't blame the jury system for this failure

Is is not truly remarkable that our randomly chosen juries work as well as they do?

Anger at DECC as fuel poverty hits millions

As more vulnerable people are forced to choose whether to eat or heat, protesters take to the streets.

Vicky Pryce tells court she 'wished she could turn back clock' after Chris Huhne penalty points saga became headline news

The ex-wife of disgraced politician Chris Huhne said today that she wished she could have turned the clock back after her account of the penalty points saga became headline news.

Just 79 of the 2,535 new homes being built on the Heygate Estate will be social housing for rent

£1.5bn revamp of sink estate reveals 'social cleansing' plan

A council stands accused of using a £1.5bn regeneration scheme to cleanse one of Europe’s biggest housing estates of poor families after it emerged that just 79 of the 2,535 new homes on the site will be flats available to rent as social housing.

Developer St Modwen keeps focus inside M25

Developer St Modwen — part-owner of Elephant & Castle’s eyesore shopping centre — says it is training its sights on more buoyant property markets down south this year as the rest of the country struggles.

Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards

A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend as the Roman Catholic Church began a last-ditch mobilisation of opposition to the equal marriage bill.

Anonymous cyber attacks: four men to be sentenced

Four men will be sentenced today for carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous.

Barratt plans 1,000 more homes as profits recover

Britain's biggest housebuilder was on bullish form today as it unveiled plans for an extra 1,000 homes in London and said it would more than double annual profits.

Scotland Yard officer made 'extremely stupid' decision to give News of the World information about new phone hacking inquiry

A senior officer at Scotland Yard made an “extremely stupid” decision to give the News of the World information about a new police inquiry into phone hacking, her lawyer admitted today.

Yard anti-terror chief 'rang paper to ask for a bribe'

A senior Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer rang the News of the World (NOTW) to offer "highly sensitive" inside information about a police inquiry into phone hacking at the newspaper in exchange for a bribe, a court heard yesterday.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links