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Cutie and the Boxer (E) Zachary Heinzerling, DVD (82mins)

Online payment glitch gives £50 to Asda shoppers

Shopping online with Asda is, as the supermarket boasts, supposed to be “quick and easy”. And in a rare tonic for financially constrained customers, the retailer appeared to have allowed thousands of Britons free goods thanks to an online payment loophole.

Monsieur Giroud, left, was by all accounts very pleasant

The O Zone: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was at Leyton Orient this week, asking if his pal could join us

The O Zone: Behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

Allied forces storm the Normandy beaches on D-Day

Battle of Normandy: Witness by witness, memories of the D-Day landings are preserved

An appeal by the National Veterans’ Association and backed by ‘The Independent’ is starting to bear fruit

Neil Jordan: 'Having a lot of time, I've been rereading Tolstoy's War And Peace'

Cultural life: Neil Jordan, film director

'Having a lot of time, I've been rereading Tolstoy's War And Peace'

David Attenborough on large families: A wolf in safari clothing?

This week the TV naturalist sounded a population warning, announcing "Things are going to get worse" if we have large families

DVD review: The Returned

What would you do if long-deceased members of your family – daughters, wives, sons – turned up on your doorstep, apparently alive and well, asking what happened to them? Over eight episodes this measured, gripping French drama portrays a mountain community confronting just that question.

Ricky Burns (left) with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at Hampden Park on Thursday

Boxing: Ricky Burns heads back to basics for night that can make him

Scot has learnt from past mistakes for fourth title defence against Beltran

Retailers in hiring mood as high street gets triple boost

The UK's retailers embarked on the biggest hiring spree for more than a decade in August as a feelgood cocktail of good weather, sporting success and a royal baby kept consumers spending, the CBI said yesterday.

Creator of amateur porn company Girls Gone Wild Joe Francis jailed for 270 days for attacking a woman at his LA mansion

Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis has been jailed for 270 days and handed a three year probation for attacking a woman at his Los Angeles mansion.

David Miranda was detained at Heathrow airport under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act as he travelled from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. He had his mobile phone, laptop, DVDs and other items seized

Lord Blair: We need new and wider terrorism law to protect government secrets

Britain’s anti-terror legislation should be widened to cover the publication and passing on of official government secrets, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair has suggested.

TV Licence offences make up more than a tenth of all court cases in the UK

TV licensing offences now account for more than a tenth of all criminal prosecutions in the UK.

Life on Marsden: The inexplicably threatening charisma of your partner's ex

They can't possibly have experienced enjoyment before me, could they?

Thomas the Tank Engine will steam into 2013 as the “King of the Railway”

King Of The Railway: Thomas The Tank Engine joins steam legend Stephenson's Rocket for new film

Thomas The Tank Engine is teaming up with another historic steam favourite, Stephenson's Rocket, on screen for the first time.

Peter Jackson posted photos from The Hobbit filming on Facebook to celebrate its completion

Watch: Exclusive unseen clip from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Warner Brothers has released an exclusive unseen clip from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Street life: Olivia Colman as Carol, single mother to two thugs, in the first Run drama

TV review: Run - Abandon all hope – here comes Olivia Colman

Her brutal performance set the tone for a quartet of dramas about life at its hardest

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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