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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.

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

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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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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
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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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