Passengers on a short excursion as they waited for the release of the Akademik Shokalskiy in December

Communication breakdown on board the Akademik Shokalskiy blamed for the ship being stranded in Antarctic ice over Christmas

A failure to respond to an order from the ship's captain may have played a critical role in the operational fiasco that led to the stranding of the Akademik Shokalskiy in thick Antarctic sea ice on Christmas Eve.

The dragon Toothless from the DreamWorks Animation film How to Train Your Dragon

Australian scientists apologise to little girl for failing to ‘make her a dragon’

Sophie Lester, 7, asked the ‘lovely scientists’ if she could have a dragon to play with at weekends

Was Jessica Hart fired by Victoria’s Secret following Taylor Swift slur?

The company president of Victoria's Secret breaks his silence

Michael Clarke and James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: A sledge too far - is it time to declare an end to such hostilities following the departure of Jonathan Trott?

A guy threatening another guy with physical violence – I think it’s just not cricket, not the cricket I grew up loving

Mitchell Johnson’s good form in one-dayers has led to his Test recall

The Ashes 2013-14: Australia pin hopes on Mitchell Johnson and George Bailey making a difference

All-rounder Shane Watson is also named in side although doubts remain over his fitness as he continues recovery from a hamstring injury

The Ashes: Hot Spot dropped for series in Australia following controversial decisions

The technology came into question during the Tests earlier this year

<b>Stuart Broad – 9</b><br/>
On his day he is easily one of the best bowlers in the world and fortunately for England this was Broad’s Test. Has bowled well throughout the series, but was finally rewarded with a match-winning haul of 11 wickets in the game. If only he could produce performances like this more regularly.

Ashes 2013: The media reaction in Australia after England win the series

Stuart Broad comes in for much praise after his blistering performance in the fourth Test

Anthony Weiner with his communications director Barbara Morgan in New York last week

Anthony Weiner's election bid faces another set back after adviser Barbara Morgan attacks former intern

Anthony Weiner’s bid to be New York mayor has faced another major setback, after his Communication Director Barbara Morgan let rip at an intern after she penned a comment piece on the campaign.

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Women's prison dramas are back in fashion

President Mugabe offers $330,000 reward in hunt for Facebook whistleblower leaking secrets from heart of his regime

Mole has been using Facebook to leak information about President Mugabe's leadership

Sam Warburton was the player who caused the Wallabies so much grief at the breakdown in the second Test in Melbourne
The message that currently greets visitors on the Thorn Tree forum web page

BBC shuts down Thorn Tree travel forum on Lonely Planet website over 'uncomfortable themes'

BBC strongly denied speculation discussions concerned paedophilia

Media storm surrounding royal prank-call DJs continues to dominate Australian newspapers

The media storm surrounding two Sydney radio presenters behind the hoax phone call to King Edward VII's Hospital continues to dominate Australian newspapers.

The closing ceremony ended with a fireworks spectacular over the Olympic Stadium

Global praise for 'superb' London 2012 Olympics

With the London 2012 Games now over, countries around around have praised Britain for putting on one of the most successful Olympics in recent times.

Australia: 'Spy leaked UK and US secrets'

Top-level British, American and Australian intelligence secrets may have been leaked to Russia by a Canadian naval officer arrested this year, according to a report published yesterday.

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