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As if the police had not already inflicted enough trouble on themselves with the plebgate saga, a Chief Constable had to ‘fess up that his force did not understand the law that protects an MP’s right to speak freely.

Murdoch splitting News Corp as he rejigs top jobs

Rupert Murdoch has split his publishing and TV businesses sooner than expected, making a string of sweeping changes across his media empire, including at his troubled London newspapers arm News International.

Hard work in 2012 rewarded with holidays

British Army personnel have been granted an extra five days' holiday this Christmas in recognition of their hard work in 2012.

Apology to Peter Cruddas over funds

The Independent has apologised and will pay a substantial sum to charity for an article that falsely claimed that Peter Cruddas, the former co-treasurer of the Conservative Party, was under formal police investigation.

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Promising career sunk by greed: rise and fall of Margaret Moran

Former MP who fiddled £53,000 in expenses judged unfit to stand trial

EuroMillions jackpot could push you past Sir Tom Jones in the Rich List

My, my, my! EuroMillions jackpot could make you richer than Sir Tom

A winning ticket for tomorrow night's EuroMillions draw could net a lucky lottery player more than £130 million.

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson

The New York Times takes on new target: former BBC director general Mark Thompson

In its long and glorious history, The New York Times has challenged presidents, generals and dictators. At the moment, its journalists are taking on an unlikely figure: the newspaper's new chief executive.

Mark Thompson is the incoming chief executive of The New York Times

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson starts new job at New York Times... with questions over Savile affair

Mark Thompson begins a new life as one of the US media’s most influential power-brokers this morning, hoping the scandal that lingers over his stewardship of the BBC will stay largely confined to the far side of the Atlantic.

Priority one for the next Archbishop of Canterbury: Get the books in holy order

As the next Archbishop of Canterbury in all but name made his way into the Houses of Parliament, a police officer made a point of congratulating him on his new post. The response of Bishop Justin Welby was to laugh and raise his hands self-deprecatingly in defence.

Trial date set for doctor accused of keeping John Cantlie and a Dutch journalist captive

An NHS doctor accused of kidnapping a British photographer in Syria will face trial in June.

Mittal puts his business first with $350m cut to dividend payout

Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal's chief executive and a 41 per cent shareholder, is set to lose dividends worth about $350m (£217m) after proposing to slash investor payouts at the steel maker by nearly three-quarters next year.

The Times prints cut-out Jimmy Savile Halloween mask

Too soon? Yeah, almost definitely. That's never stopped bad taste Halloween costumes before, though.

Musician Gillian Welch have got the approval from PM David Cameron

A beginner’s guide to David Cameron’s favourite, Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch has joined a list of musicians – including The Smiths, Lana Del Rey and Band of Horses – unfortunate enough to get the seal of approval from David Cameron.

Zuma drops his lawsuit over 'rape' cartoon

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has dropped a lawsuit against the country’s most celebrated political cartoonist.

Times apologises to 'Nightjack' author it illegally unmasked

The subsidiary of News International that runs the Times newspaper today offered its apologies in the High Court to the police detective it had illegally unmasked as the author of the award-winning “Nightjack” blog.

China blocks New York Times website after report on top official's wealth

An explosive story about the massive wealth accumulated by the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao caused the Chinese government to block the website of the New York Times early Friday morning, just days before a sensitive once-in-a-decade transition of power from Wen and others to a new generation of leaders.

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital