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The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

Andrew Mitchell hits back over 'plebgate' row

The former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell hit back today in the row over his clash with police officers at Downing Street’s gates, insisting the official police record of the altercation was false.

Boxing day murderer 'Psycho' Keiran Stapleton attacks prison chaplain

A murderer who labelled himself “Psycho” after murdering an Indian student in the street has tried to attack a prison chaplain.

Diary: Ironically, Archbishop forgives The Sun its trespasses

Today's diary looks at The Archbishop of York, Leveson and Alan Sugar.

The press: To legislate or not to legislate?

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The music mogul sued The Sun over a story in the paper last year, that was based on a false allegation that he had sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot.

Louis Walsh wins £400,000 from Sun over claim he groped man in club toilets

Music mogul successful in defamation fight

US military chiefs 'planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb' as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims

Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact

Comet's comeback? Appliances Online bids to take retailer 'internet-only'

The entrepreneur behind Appliances Online has tabled a bid for Comet in a move that could see the failed electrical chain disappear from retail parks and high streets.

Saad al-Hilli, the Iraqi-born father who was shot dead in the massacre in the French Alps

French police believe al-Hilli murderer could be crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists

Police officers investigating the horrific massacre of a British family in the French alps believe they were murdered by a crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists.

Clicking our way to democracy

The man who launched the government's e-petitions says our politics is based on granular issues but our political system is based on candidates

Andy Coulson (left) and Rebekah Brooks

MoD civil servant pocketed '£100k from The Sun': Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson charged with plotting to bribe public officials

A senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence was on the payroll of the Sun for almost a decade, prosecutors claimed as they charged the former editor of Britain’s best-selling newspaper, Rebekah Brooks, and its chief reporter with plotting to bribe public officials.

Newspapers accused of keeping readers in dark on press regulation

Media owners accused of using selective statistics to fight reform said to fight press reform with selective statistics

Think the humble house spider is harmless? Think again: woman nearly dies after spider bite

Natalie Hemme suffered a rare allergic reaction after being bitten on the wrist by a house spider

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries wants to amend the health Bill to stop
charities who offer abortions giving advice to women seeking terminations

A new low in parliamentary history? Serving Conservative MP Nadine Dorries takes time out to appear reality television show I'm a Celebrity...

Nadine Dorries has set what many will see as a new low in parliamentary history by being the first serving MP from a major political party to take time out to appear on a ‘reality TV’ show.

'I don't Blame page 3 girls for posing' says de Piero

Young women who pose for topless pictures – like the Page 3 Girls in The Sun – should not be blamed for it, Ms de Piero said.

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