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

Nicolas Sarkozy is campaigning like an outsider who happens to be President, firing off new proposals on a daily basis

Too close to call: French voters undecided about next President

With 100 days to go before the country decides, Sarkozy is campaigning as an outsider

Aspirin a day may not be so good for heart

Taking aspirin every day may not be worth the risk for those with no history of heart problems, a major study has concluded.

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Environment

The environment section covers issues which raise debate such as those concerning climate change, green living and nature. Here we take a look at the most popular articles of the year followed by an insight from our environment editor as he chooses his favourite story.

Page-turners: If it's not death, it's Life, in this year's best commercial reads

Books Of The Year: This year's crop of top-selling fiction stars heroes, villains – and even bankers – in stories that will have you reading until the fire burns down

David Prosser: Welcome return to Lloyds for Horta-Osario?

Outlook Good luck and good health to Antonio Horta-Osorio, who it seems is now well enough to return to the chief executive's office at Lloyds. The bank is certainly in need of his services, as are the taxpayers still sitting on sizeable losses on their stake in Lloyds.

Father jailed for killing toddler

A father who killed his toddler son because he was crying was jailed for nine years today.

Nurden, 12, has no lasting damage after a bullet exploded in his hand

IoS Appeal: Libya's children at risk from deadly 'toys'

With live ammunition littering the country, the work of the medical charity Merlin is crucial

Murray has been struggling against David Ferrer

Andy Murray loses ATP World Tour Finals opener

Andy Murray's chances of reaching the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London were dealt a major blow today as he lost his opening match 6-4 7-5 to Spain's David Ferrer.

Forensics officers at work at the scene of the attacks in Kingsbury, London

Stabbed policemen undergo surgery

Three police officers underwent surgery yesterday after being stabbed by a man with a foot-long butcher's knife.

Four policemen attacked with a butcher's knife following chase

A 32-year-old man was in custody last night on suspicion of attempted murder, after four policemen were stabbed, one seriously, in London yesterday. The man was said to have lashed out with a butcher's knife following a chase down a busy street in Kingsbury.

Three-year-old becomes youngest trial witness

A three-year-old boy was given a packet of crisps by a judge after making legal history by becoming what is believed to be the youngest child to give evidence in a British court case.

Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital

Zsa Zsa Gabor has been rushed to hospital again.

Harriet Walker: 'Moths are the Biblical plague of the empowered woman'

The philosopher William Paley used the complexity of design in a pocket watch as an analogy for the existence of an intelligent Creator; in this week's column, I shall use an infestation of clothes moths to prove that he was right: there is a God, and He hates us all.

Nurse put live baby boy in bag and told parents it was a dead little girl

China's stricken health system, swamped by a swelling population, is hit by another scandal

"My head felt heavy and I was battered by nausea"

Altitude sickness crept up on me without warning. Four years ago a friend and I trekked through the Karakoram, the jagged western-most edge of the Himalaya that begins on Pakistan's Afghan border and sweeps into Kashmir.

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