News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

Madeleine McCann investigation: Parents said to be on 'tenterhooks' amid reports Scotland Yard team is 'set to swoop on three suspects'

Reports that police are seeking assistance to interview the three potential suspects following suspicions raised by phone records

Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

Baroness Thatcher’s £12m Belgravia house to go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Last year the use of mephedrone, also dubbed meow meow or MCAT, was reported to be soaring

Student home from university ‘cut off his own penis and stabbed his mother while high on mephedrone’

Police described both as stable after they were rushed to hospital with life-threatening – and in the teenager’s case, apparently self-inflicted – wounds

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

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

Doreen Lawrence has accused the Metropolitan Police of planning to “wind down” the investigation into her son’s murder

Doreen Lawrence 'furious' after top detective forced to quit investigation into son's murder

Mother of murdered teenager Stephen accuses Metropolitan Police of winding down investigation

Phil Taylor celebrates winning the title last year

World Darts Championship: Let 'Jesus' come and watch the darts, says Phil Taylor

A spectator was ejected from an event last year when his resemeblance to Jesus caused a stir among other fans

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Dougie Thompson needed 200 stitches after the animal tore through muscle in his thigh and hip

British tourist Dougie Thompson attacked by crocodile in Mexico while playing golf

58-year-old needed 200 stitches after the animal tore through muscle in his thigh and hip

The director of Brad Pitt's new film has offered his 'heartfelt apologies' after filming Nazi war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Day

Filming of Brad Pitt war saga offends veterans

The director of Brad Pitt’s new film has offered his “heartfelt apologies” after filming Nazi war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Day, provoking outrage.

Taliban militants hand over their weapons after joining the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration program

We will unite all Afghans, says Taliban chief

A Taliban chief has told a British newspaper that the fundamentalist group is preparing to run Afghanistan when Nato forces leave.

Tracey Connelly was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009

Baby P mother Tracey Connelly 'may soon be freed'

The mother of Baby P could be freed from jail within days when her case is considered by the body responsible for deciding whether prisoners can be safely released into the community.

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

Northampton Clown sells merchandise to fund travel around the UK

Anonymous performer teams up with London printmakers to create branded T shirts and bags

'Independent' journalist Jamie Lewis

iPhone 5S on sale today: Want to make a quick £500? Join the queue

Jamie Lewis uncovers the lucrative business of being at the front of the Apple store line

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

'Just harmless fun': The creepy clown of Northampton speaks out...Beep, beep!

The now world-famous 'Northampton Clown' told a local newspaper that his appearances around the town were 'a bit of harmless fun'

Robin van Persie together with Wayne Rooney

Champions League: Robin van Persie reveals joy of playing alongside 200 goal Wayne Rooney

Manchester United started their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas