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Tower Hamlets trumped Kensington this month as London’s less glamorous boroughs showed the biggest increase in property asking prices, according to property website Rightmove.

Teen faces life term for murdering 'friend'

A 15-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook was facing a life sentence today.

Schoolboy 'stabbed teenager over Facebook insult'

A 15-year-old boy fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook, a court heard today.

Police investigate electoral fraud claims after journalist is beaten up

Three Labour candidates standing in local elections in the London borough of Tower Hamlets have been spoken to by police investigating allegations of electoral fraud using falsely-registered postal votes. The inquiry by Scotland Yard Special Branch officers in the impoverished east London borough is part of a nationwide probe into 50 claims that electoral rolls from London to West Yorkshire, some of them in marginal constituencies, have been packed with fictitious or absent voters in the run up to this week's poll.

'The first punch came, landing on my nose, sending blood down my face'

'Independent' reporter Jerome Taylor relives his bloody experience on the trail of voting fraud in east London

Nat Wei: How to unleash the virtue of volunteers

Government can only do so much. Society has many of the answers

Songbird calms fears over London exodus

Songbird Estates, the Canary Wharf developer, has returned to full-year profits and moved to calm fears over a banking exodus from London. Its chairman, David Pritchard, said: "No bank has left Canary Wharf.

Moonfleece, Rich Mix, London

Jerry Springer the Opera famously inflamed Christians to most un-Christian thoughts of censorship and worse. Cat-calling protesters marched with placards outside the fringe theatre that hosted the London premiere of Corpus Christi, the Terrence McNally play that dared to suggest that the God of love might just as well have been gay as straight or sexless. Not, though, that Christians have the monopoly on illiberal outrage. Some members of the Sikh community were so affronted by the play Behzti at the Birmingham Rep that violence broke out among a minority of the protesters and performances of the play were cancelled two days later.

Man charged with murdering 100-year-old mother

A man appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of killing his 100-year-old mother.

Son quizzed over stab death of 100 year old woman

Murder squad detectives were today questioning a man who cared for his 100-year-old mother full-time after she was found stabbed to death.

Son held over fatal stabbing of 100-year-old

Detectives arrested the son of a 100-year-old woman today after she was found stabbed to death at her home.

Playtime with mum: A new approach to treating autism

A new method of tackling autism involves showing mums how to engage with their children. Liz Lightfoot looks at how an apparently simple solution works miracles

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New Whitechapel Gallery: Modernism's new home

Jay Merrick takes a closer look at the gallery's metamorphosis
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas