News Less than a fifth of race hate complaints are investigated by police

Community leaders say they no longer trust police to investigate offences as fewer than two out of 10 allegations of race hate are followed up by officers

Rape victim meets her attacker in prison... to forgive him

Katja Rosenberg said she 'found it a rewarding, uplifting experience'

'Human waste' rains down in Chicago office

Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst in skyscraper

Sherlock and Holmes in the 'Sherlock' series 3 finale 'His Last Vow'

Sherlock series 3: 'His Last Vow' trailer released

The Sherlock finale is already upon us, and looks to be a much darker episode

100-year sentences deny perpetrators the chance of change - and allow us to forget their humanity

Much as we should be disgusted by their crimes, locking people up for a century will not make our country a safer place

Andy Murray wins: The BBC Sports Personality Award is really nothing to do with likeability - and that's the way it should be

The most extraordinary moments in any sporting career are simply beyond words

Runners dressed in Father Christmas costumes take part in the annual 5km Santa Dash in Liverpool

It's better to give: A student guide to secret Santa

Secret Santa is the best way for friends to give each other gifts without busting through the overdraft

UK chef creates world's most expensive ready meal - a fish pie costing £314

Charlie Bigham's said the Swish Pie would only be 'a drop in the ocean' to its customers

Lambeth night bus attack: Two men charged over attack on woman that left her unconscious after 'argument over her dress'

Police described the incident as a 'shocking attack... prompted by nothing more than a brief exchange of words'

Sue James, chief executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has apologised to Mrs Birks

Surgical glove was left inside patient after operation

A hospital trust has apologised after a surgical glove was left inside a patient following an operation.

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth, By Ranulph Fiennes. Simon & Schuster £20

It says something of Ranulph Fiennes's character that his response to having to pull out of the winter crossing of Antarctica expedition he'd been planning for five years was to go away and write this book. It's this positive, can-do attitude that has made him one of the most intrepid and enduring explorers of the modern era.

DJ Delroy Catwell jailed for murdering girlfriend’s daughter because she was getting more attention than him

A DJ who murdered his girlfriend's "outgoing, chatty" three-year-old daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years today.

Adrian Peterson practicing ahead on the Minnesota Vikings NFL match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley

NFL: Minnesota Vikings' star Adrian Peterson in mourning after tragic death of his son, just two weeks after stealing the show at Wembley

Peterson's two-year-old son succumbed to severe head injuries on Friday

Phillip Simelane admitted the manslaughter of Christina Edkins

Judge dismayed at lack of medical help for paranoid-schizophrenic as Phillip Simelane admits manslaughter over Birmingham bus stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins

23-year-old was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after random attack with 12-inch kitchen knife

Theo Walcott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will miss crucial England games and faces month on sidelines

The player is suffering from an abdominal problem

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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