News Michael Adebolajo during an interview with the police

Soldier’s alleged murderer tells court: ‘We did not wish to give him much pain... he was still alive’

Ex-MP wins appeal in swearing case

A former Labour MP who swore at a barmaid for refusing to serve her any more alcohol has had her conviction for using threatening words and behaviour quashed.

'Night stalker' suspect in court over attacks on elderly women

A man accused of a series of sex attacks on elderly women was remanded in custody today to appear in court again later this month.

PCSO to be sentenced over webcam child sex

A police community support officer (PCSO) who persuaded a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts on a webcam will be sentenced today.

Killer facing new life term for rape

A convicted killer was facing another life sentence tonight after he was convicted of brutally raping a woman just months after being released from prison on parole.

Pair admit Dalglish grenade plot

Two men have admitted their part in a plot which saw a hand grenade left outside the home of football legend Kenny Dalglish.

Man remanded over death of Facebook girl

A homeless man accused of kidnapping and killing a teenage girl he is alleged to have met on Facebook appeared before a Crown Court judge today.

Tottenham incorporate 'single-tier' in stadium plans

The sceptic might suggest that Tottenham's sudden decision to incorporate a single-tier bank into the design for their new stadium, which the club revealed last night, followed the realisation that the ground was in danger being known as Emirates-lite. In most other respects the planned successor to White Hart Lane does bear a notable resemblance to its slightly larger neighbour.

Man in court over 'plot to blow up aircraft'

A Muslim man accused of plotting with the ringleader of a conspiracy to launch suicide attacks upon transatlantic passenger aircraft told a court today he wrote a school essay on joining al-Qa'ida because he "liked to push the boundaries".

Spotlight: Woolwich 80% two-year mortgage

There's been more activity in the mortgage market. Woolwich, Barclays' lending arm, has cut its fixed rates by up to 0.6 percentage points.

Mother drowned her daughter 'out of fear'

A woman who drowned her four-year-old daughter was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a secure hospital yesterday. Laura Fletcher, 23, drowned Chloe in a bath of cold water before attempting to kill herself, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

Mother who drowned daughter sent to secure hospital

A woman who drowned her four-year-old daughter was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a secure hospital today.

Mortgage rates cut by Rock and the Woolwich

Northern Rock yesterday slashed mortgage rates in a move experts said could inject further life into the housing market.

Major lenders cut mortgage rates

Three major lenders cut their mortgage rates today in a further sign that competition is creeping back into the market.

Cage fighter jailed over £53m cash robbery

A cage fighter who helped plan Britain's largest ever cash robbery was jailed for 18 years today after admitting his role in the plot.

Oil depot blast case adjourned

A court hearing for five companies charged with health and safety breaches in connection with an explosion at the Buncefield oil depot was adjourned today.

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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