Northern house prices to fall further behind London

The North-South divide in British house prices is set to widen sharply this year and next, a leading economic think tank has warned.

Berlin man 'killed and dismembered wife'

Police in Berlin have arrested a man on suspicion he killed and dismembered his wife, possibly in front of her six children.

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Hynde (left) says: 'We lived in an apartment - no furniture, no TV, no phone, and everyone slept on the floor'

How We Met: Chrissie Hynde & Marie France

'We lived in an apartment – no furniture, no TV, no phone, and everyone slept on the floor'

Government could introduce 'Granny flat' tax break

Hundreds of thousands of families could benefit from tax breaks on "granny flats" under plans being considered by the Government.

Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured with wife Carla Bruni, preferred to travel by plane

Monsieur Normal flouts conventions to woo the public

François Hollande, the man who wooed the French with the promise to be a "normal" president, has decided to depart from rules and conventions in the name of normality.

Olympus settles claim with ex-boss Michael Woodford

Michael Woodford, the whistleblower who exposed a massive fraud at camera maker Olympus shortly after being made chief executive, yesterday won a multi-million pound, out-of-court settlement in a dramatic, last-minute deal.

Grandmother successfully sued by family after falling downstairs while carrying granddaughter

A woman who tripped and fell downstairs while carrying her baby granddaughter has been successfully sued by her own family for causing head injuries that left the little girl severely disabled.

Woodford begins battle against unfair dismissal

Michael Woodford, the British whistleblower sacked from Japanese cameras and endoscopes giant Olympus begins his multi-million pound unfair dismissal case against the company at a London tribunal today.

Director Michael Haneke receives the Palme d'Or award for the film

Love conquers all as Haneke triumphs again

Austrian wins Palme d'Or for second time with tale of an elderly couple's devotion

Sacked Olympus boss Woodford starts fight against unfair dismissal

Michael Woodford, the British whistleblower sacked from Japanese cameras and endoscopes giant Olympus, begins his multi-million-pound unfair dismissal case against the company at a London tribunal today.

The Insider: How to add interest to splashbacks

A friend is re-doing her kitchen and wants to incorporate an interesting splashback to replace the simple square, coloured tiles she has. So I did a bit of hunting around for some off-piste ideas...

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Summer 2012: Close to home

The best of British is on offer on a Champagne, Bucket & Spade Break at Hawke's Point (01726 884072; hawkes-point.co.uk) in St Ives, Cornwall.

Reflected glory: you're never far from a swimming pool at the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech

Room Service: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech

Make a splash in a Moroccan palace

Amour, Cannes Film Festival

Michael Haneke is now a firm favourite to join the illustrious list of two-time Palme d’Or winners thanks to this heart-breaking tale about the dying weeks in the relationship of an octogenarian couple.

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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