News The Independent website grew by 7.94 per cent to 29,894,151 unique monthly users

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

Sun editor Dominic Mohan tried to allay staffers' fears this week after the arrest of journalist Jamie Pyatt

Closure of The Sun mooted in response to further arrests

What now for The Sun? A week that began with fear of further arrests, talk of police search warrants and a desperate attempt by the paper's editor to rally the troops ended with the company chairman declining to speculate on whether it even had a future.

James Murdoch makes apology for Hillsborough

News International's executive chairman James Murdoch apologised today for The Sun's coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed by crushing in overcrowded spectator pens.

James Murdoch giving further evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Live: James Murdoch phone hacking inquiry

James Murdoch is being questioned for the second time by the culture select committee over phone hacking.

Boff Whalley: 'In defence of anarchy'

It's the catch-all term that's being used to describe this week's riots. But is this really anarchy? Not even close, says Chumbawumba's Boff Whalley, a self-professed anarchist

Amy Winehouse's home robbed after her death

Amy Winehouse's home has been robbed.

Amy Winehouse's family to take a break

Amy Winehouse's family and boyfriend Reg Traviss are to go on a ten day holiday to mourn her.

Hacker steals personal data from Sun's website users

The Sun newspaper has written to some users of its site telling them that their personal information has been stolen by a hacker.

Jo Yeates' landlord agrees libel damages

The High Court ruled today that articles published in The Sun and Daily Mirror following the arrest of a suspect by police investigating the killing of landscape architect Joanna Yeates were in contempt of court.

Stephen Glover: It wasn't The Sun wot won it for Cameron

Media Studies: Both Cameron and Osborne have bent the knee to the Murdoch Empire

Ed Miliband to publish media meetings

Ed Miliband said today that he would publish records of his meetings with media executives while he was campaigning for his party's leadership.

The Sun enters frame as Jude Law makes new hacking claims

For the first time, The Sun newspaper was last night dragged into the phone-hacking scandal after it emerged that the actor Jude Law is suing Rupert Murdoch's best-selling daily title over the alleged interception of his voicemails while Rebekah Brooks was editor.

Guardian sorry for Sun source story

The Guardian has apologised to The Sun after it made claims about the tabloid obtaining the medical records of Gordon Brown's son.

Rupert on the run: News Corp's UK future in doubt as MPs turn on Murdoch

The prospect of Rupert Murdoch abandoning his British media interests became a real possibility last night as News Corp dropped plans to take control of BSkyB and it emerged that the media mogul has discussed selling his News International newspaper titles.

Letter from the editor: It's down to choice

It’s an over-used cliché: “the public gets the newspapers it deserves”. For “newspapers”, insert TV, the Top 40, chocolate, wine... It was the basis of Dominic Lawson’s column yesterday — one that has clearly polarised you.

Brown tells of pain as Sun denies hacking health records

Gordon Brown told yesterday how he and his wife Sarah were left "in tears" when The Sun discovered that their four-month-old son had cystic fibrosis.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003