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

Senior nurses issue warning over staffing levels

A group of senior nurses is warning that staffing levels on many hospital wards in England are unsafe.

This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood, By Alan Johnson

Slum roots of the best PM we never had

Rolf Harris has been arrested by Operation Yewtree over historical allegations of sexual abuse

Rolf Harris turns to art after sex abuse arrest

Entertainer Rolf Harris has turned to his passion for art to deal with the trauma of being accused of sex abuse, his wife revealed.

George Osborne's Land Rover caught in disabled parking bay

Chancellor criticised for being 'wildly out of touch' by disability campaigners

Pc corrects her father: damages claim WILL go ahead after trip at suspected break-in garage

A police officer is going ahead with legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in, despite her father saying she planned to drop it.

Hacking scandal: clouds gather over Trinity Mirror as another ex-editor is quizzed by police

Britain’s second biggest newspaper group, Trinity Mirror, was facing a growing crisis tonight after former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace was questioned by police.

'I don't want a poofter to play me in a film': Sir Stirling Moss is embroiled in homophobia row after 'offensive' comments

Moss criticised by campaigners who described his comments as 'offensive'

Representatives of both Priscilla Presley and television presenter Toby Anstis were forced to deny that the two were loving each other, tenderly or otherwise

Relationships: Oh those suspicious minds

There was sad news for lovers of both Otis the Aardvark and, er, Hound Dogs when representatives of both Priscilla Presley (widow of one Elvis) and television presenter Toby Anstis were forced to deny that the two were loving each other, tenderly or otherwise.

927 doctors and surgeons 'have criminal record, including child porn and sexual assault offences'

Nearly 1,000 doctors and surgeons have criminal records including child porn and sexual assault offences, it was reported today.

If it's a boy, John and Charles are the bookies favourites

Names: Will it be Prince John or Princess Hashtag?

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, because barely had the royal-baby news been announced before newspapers went into naming meltdown and patriotic punters set off to local dens of iniquity for a flutter on the new Royal’s name.

Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi: Jimmy Savile invited me to 'sex party' in his dressing room

Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi has described how Jimmy Savile invited him to a ‘sex party’ when he was just 18-years-old in 1968.

Henning Berg

Henning Berg confirmed as new manager of Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn have confirmed former defender Henning Berg as their new manager.

Trinity Mirror in local paper talks

Trinity Mirror disclosed today that it is working with the owner of the Daily Mail on plans for the creation of a new local newspaper company.

Jonathan Rees was paid for information by an executive at the Mirror Group

Mirror executive paid £125 a time for mobile numbers

The Daily Mirror bought mobile phone numbers and PIN codes used to access voicemails from a private investigations agency linked to Jonathan Rees, a notorious figure who also had contracts with the News of the World, i can reveal.

Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror fined £10,000 each after causing an attempted abduction trial against Milly Dowler's murderer Levi Bellfield to collapse

Two newspapers that caused a trial for attempted abduction against Milly Dowler’s murderer Levi Bellfield to collapse have been fined £10,000 each for contempt of court.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?