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Crime falls in knife crackdown areas

Stabbings fell in areas targeted by a police crackdown on knife crime, Home Office figures revealed today.

Four more teenagers arrested over Shaquille murder

Four more teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy stabbed while sitting on a bench outside his home.

GB's shining stars: The rowers

Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase

Inflation-busting water bill rises revealed

Households today learned of proposed above-inflation water bill hikes after firms submitted their draft business plans to regulator Ofwat.

New airship provides capital view

A unique view of London and its famous landmarks is being offered to the public – by airship.

Orgies: a brief history of group hanky-panky

When the News of the World revealed that Max Mosley, the president of Formula 1 and son of the fascist poseur Oswald, had been videotaped in a basement enjoying sadomasochistic sex with five prostitutes dressed in Nazi death-camp uniforms, it had no hesitation in calling the activity an orgy.

Sea levels rising too fast for Thames Barrier

A fear that sea levels will rise far faster than predicted this century has led to a revision of the plan to protect London from a devastating flood caused by the sort of storm surge in the North Sea that resulted in the closure of the Thames Barrier yesterday.

The Renovation Game: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

What's for sale?

Meet The People: Going native on your travels

Tourism can help indigenous communities. But do they really want us there, asks Mark MacKenzie

The phantom pregnancies and the fake sheikhs

On The Press: Going undercover is no substitute for true investigative journalism

Macquarie to ditch South East Water in bid to buy Thames

Competition concerns prompt Australian banking giant to make £400m offloading move to permit bigger buy

Bush picks Paulson as shock choice for US Treasury post

In a notable coup that could revive his flagging administration, President George Bush has persuaded Henry "Hank" Paulson, the chairman of Goldman Sachs, to become the US Treasury Secretary.

East Timor on brink of civil war after atrocities

Peacekeeping troops were struggling to stave off civil war in East Timor yesterday, where the death toll climbed to 23 after soldiers gunned down unarmed police in the capital and a mob torched a house filled with children.

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