News Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Dragon’s tail: the Aberystwyth Promenade

UK weather: David Cameron blames Britain’s 'abnormal' winter storms on climate change as Met Office warns of more rain to come

Comments came as Environment Agency warned of flood risks continuing into Friday

The fire took hold in the North Sea

North Sea ferry blaze: Two arrested on Newscastle-Amsterdam boat as six people airlifted to hospital

The vessel - run by a Danish shipping company between North Shields and the Netherlands - had 946 passengers and 130 crew on board

Anchorman fired after 'Let's get the f*** out of here' comment made on air

Justin Kraemer made the mistake just after he finished presenting KSN News

Kenya: 'Grenade thrown at British tourists in Mombasa'

According to initial reports a number of British travellers escaped the attack near Mombasa after the grenade failed to explode

Gay or lesbian UK asylum seekers told to 'prove' their sexuality

Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK to escape persecution abroad are being told they must “prove” their sexuality, a committee has found.

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne: Conservative candidates will not form pacts with Ukip

Comments come after Nigel Farage said he would not stand in the way of Ukip candidates making constituency-level deals

Fresh allegations have been made about disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall

Jailed broadcaster Stuart Hall faces fresh claims of child sex abuse

The former It's A Knockout presenter is currently serving a 30-month jail term and is set to be questioned further by Lancashire Police

BBC newsreader Simon McCoy

New media mix-up: BBC newsreader Simon McCoy mistakes photocopier paper for iPad

BBC news presenter Simon McCoy left viewers baffled today when he presented a report while carrying a stack of photocopier paper - after mistaking it for an iPad.

Clint and Dina Eastwood who are to legally separate after 17 years of marriage

Unforgiven? Clint Eastwood's wife Dina seeks legal separation after 17 years of marriage

Clint Eastwood's second marriage appears to be over after his wife, Dina, filed for legal separation from the actor and director.

Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where the Duchess gave birth on Monday

BBC defends royal baby coverage after viewers complain over 'unbalanced' broadcast of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and new prince

The BBC has defended its coverage of the royal baby after viewers complained there was too much of it and it was too unbalanced in favour of the Royal Family.

Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where the Duchess gave birth on Monday

BBC defends royal baby coverage after viewers complain over 'unbalanced' broadcast of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge new arrival

The BBC has defended its coverage of the birth of the royal baby after viewers complained it was excessive and biased towards the Royal Family.

Demonstrators in Los Angeles protesting about the result of the case

George Zimmerman trial: Reverend Al Sharpton calls for day of action as Trayvon Martin juror reveals doubts

Half of all-female jury ‘thought George  Zimmerman was guilty but were talked out of it’

31 May 2013: Soldiers lay flowers at the scene of the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London. The inquest into Rigby's death was opened and adjourned.

Ofcom investigate broadcast of graphic Lee Rigby murder footage after receiving 700 complaints

Ofcom has launched an investigation into the broadcasting of graphic footage from the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby after receiving more than 700 complaints from viewers.

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