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

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin

Diary: Crossed wires make a splash out of Letwin's bin dumping

Henry Macrory, the former tabloid hack and much-liked spinner for the Tory Party, told a tale of classic misunderstanding at his farewell party in Downing Street.

Trinity chairman Gibson makes an early exit

The exit of Sly Bailey as chief executive of Trinity Mirror looked yesterday as though it could happen sooner than expected, after the troubled newspaper group abruptly replaced its chairman.

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Unlikely in the extreme, but there have been a few rumours that current Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be asked to assume a player/manager role. Such a decision would have echos of Kenny Dalglish's original appointment, when he became player/manager in 1985 after Joe Fagan resigned.

Steven Gerrard rules out England retirement

Steven Gerrard has no intention of retiring as an England player after this summer's European Championship.

Bailey pays the price for clinging on to her bonus

Sly Bailey, one of the most powerful women in the British media, quit her post as chief executive of Trinity Mirror yesterday after a revolt by shareholders who demanded that she cut her lucrative bonus package.

Dance work <i>SeaSaw</i>

Heads up: Brighton Festival 2012

Soak up the politics and party action on the South Coast

Leveson: Ex-News of the World crime editor says police terrorism chief was wedding guest

Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief John Yates attended the wedding of the News of the World's ex-crime editor, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Simon Kelner: George's resemblance to Piers is the least of his worries

We've seen and heard a lot of George Osborne recently. The Chancellor has done the full round of TV and radio shows, not to mention the odd parliamentary appearance in the wake of his recent Budget.

Steve Whittamore investigated Kate Middleton and Chelsea Clinton for newspapers while they were at St Andrews and Oxford universities

Investigator was paid £1m to snoop for Fleet Street

Extent of Whittamore's inquiries into private lives on behalf of national newspapers revealed

PSG could offer Luis Suarez European football

Kenny Dalglish expects FA to look at Arsene Wenger 'diving' comments

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has suggested the Football Association could charge his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger for accusing Luis Suarez of diving.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton recovering after fall

World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital tonight after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

Mark Allen has been in trouble before

Snooker: Mark Allen in 'ignorant' China Twitter outburst

Mark Allen could find himself in trouble with snooker authorities again after a series of Twitter outbursts about China.

Amol Rajan: Nowadays tabloids are mere vessels of misanthropy

A conversation last week with Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor of The Independent and i, confirmed a feeling I have had for some time about our tabloid newspapers.

Trinity Mirror editors face Leveson inquiry

Three national newspaper editors from Trinity Mirror, one of Britain's largest media groups, will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today.

Katy Perry supported by Rihanna

Katy Perry is being supported by Rihanna following the breakdown of her marriage. 

SUE CARROLL: The journalist wrote a column for the Daily Mirror for 13 years and described her fight with cancer

Columnist Sue Carroll dies of cancer, aged 58

Tributes were paid last night to the veteran newspaper columnist and broadcast pundit Sue Carroll, who has died aged 58 from cancer.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment