Sport Stephen Lee will begin his appeal against a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Thursday

Stephen Lee will start his appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker on Thursday.

Housing boom squeezing businesses out of London's West End

London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

Swans explore the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

UK weather: More than 200 flood warnings and alerts in force across England

River levels continue to rise despite dry weather

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour

UK weather: Rain and flood warnings extended after 'Winter Storm Hercules' brings 27ft waves to Land's End and flood sirens in Dorset

Met Office severe weather warnings now in place for Thursday morning

Sgt Alexander Blackman

Sergeant Alexander Blackman: Royal Marine jailed for life for murder of Afghan insurgent challenges verdict

39-year-old lodges applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence

Micky Lay outside the Moonrakers in Pewsey, Wiltshire

Micky Lay: The real-life rebel behind stage hit Jerusalem dies aged 73

Actor Mark Rylance’s star turn in the show owes much to the time he spent with the man described as a 'village character'

Despite the prominence of Conservative supporters in the awards list, David Cameron's party has insisted the process of deciding honours remains independent

David Cameron accused of cronyism over New Year Honours list

Award recipients include long-serving MPs and Tory party donors

Letters: Seasteads - islands of hubris and exploitation

These letters were published in the 30th December edition of the Independent

Winter Solstice marks shortest day of the year

Thousands of people joined druids and pagans who gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, the shortest day and longest night of the year.

King Arthur Pendragon changed his name by deed poll after he was told that he embodied the legendary monarch's spirit

Druids take up arms over display of bones at Stonehenge

King Arthur Pendragon says 'the spirit of Arthur has returned to have the ancients reinterred at Stonehenge'

Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond were acquitted of the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan

Two Marines acquitted of murdering wounded Afghan insurgent are named

High Court lifts anonymity order preventing publication of their identities

A colleague filmed Sgt Alexander Blackman carrying out the killing in Helmand

Marine A may need same prison protection as a paedophile, court hears

Lord Thomas said that balanced against the principle of open justice was the risk that Blackman could be attacked in prison

Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Operation Yewtree: Stoke Mandeville doctor aged 78 charged with child rape and indecent assault

An elderly doctor has appeared in court charged with child rape and indecent assault.

A view of the game between Tottenham and West Ham

Two men arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after alleged anti-semitic comments on Twitter following Tottenham v West Ham match

Police have confirmed that two men aged 24 and 22 were arrested after allegedly posting tweets making reference to Hitler and gas chambers

Calm before the storm: Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin in ‘Killing Kennedy’

The Weekend’s TV: Killing Kennedy and Stonehenge: Walking Through History (both Channel 4)

Tale of two lives gets to the truth behind the death of the American Dream

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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