Arts and Entertainment Boy band One Direction have their Twittersphere in the palm of their hands

The British boy band beat Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake

Ian Tomlinson family see footage of G20 death

Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died at the G20 protest in London, seemed "drunk" before he was pushed to the ground, an ex-police officer said at the opening of an inquest yesterday, in which the jury was shown new footage of the moment the 47-year-old died.

Widow weeps at G20 death footage

Family members of Ian Tomlinson were in tears today as an inquest jury was shown harrowing new video of the newspaper seller dying at the G20 protests.

Price rises keep the shoppers away

Record price rises kept consumers out of the shops last month as official figures today highlighted the strain on the UK's economic recovery.

Language teaching goes online with new site

A social networking site set up "to help every person on earth to achieve fluency in a new language" is targeting the UK and has enlisted publisher Collins to encourage more subscribers.

Christmas gift guide: Cool kids

For babies to pre-teens and all inbetweens

Coulson may be witness at Sheridan perjury trial

David Cameron's director of communications Andy Coulson may be be cross-examined under oath in a Scottish courtroom at the perjury trial of the former Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan, it emerged last night. The top Tory aide and ex-News of the World editor has been added to the list of defence witnesses to be called, along with Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator. Mr Coulson gave a statement to Mr Sheridan's solicitor last month.

Revealed: the final moments of gun-toting barrister

A police marksman who shot a drunken barrister who was firing a shotgun from a window insisted yesterday that what he did was "absolutely necessary" to save lives.

Flight recorder: The witness box

The flight recorder was designed to capture a plane's journey in the event of disaster. Now, it's being reimagined for the online age – and is cropping up in unexpected places

Last Night's TV - The Young Ones, BBC1; First Light, BBC2; Wellington Bomber, BBC4

Let's do the time warp again

Hulu: Turn on, tune in, cash out

The American TV networks' version of the iPlayer is headed for a stock-market float, but is it too early?

Apple's rivals eye tablet market at Computex fair

The Taiwanese electronics company Asustek yesterday unveiled the latest challenger to Apple's iPad, showcasing a cheaper tablet computer at the Computex Show in Taiwan – the world's second-biggest computing fair after the CeBIT exhibition held in Hanover, Germany, each year.

Man sets new lawn-mower speed record - video

A British lawn mower raced into the record books by cutting through the world land speed record.

Five killed after Mexico concert stampede

At least five people were trampled to death when concert-goers panicked at the sound of gunfire and caused a stampede in a city which has been on edge since drug violence flared.

Union issues mental health alert after teacher's attack

The danger of ignoring mental health problems was highlighted by a teaching union yesterday after dramatic video footage was released showing the moment that a stressed science master attacked a pupil with a 3kg dumbbell.

Behind the scenes of scary games

Creating scary video games can be a lucrative business - and it's not just murderous monsters that make us quake. Michael Plant meets the designers for whom terror is all in a day's work.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee