The massive cyber attack on Sony is being treated as a "serious national security matter", the White House has confirmed. Senior Republicans have said the firm's decision to pull The Interview indicates that America has "lost its first cyber war."
The inquest into the death of the prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross is expected to resume today.
The body of convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns was found in a park in west London on October 4, more than a month after the 14-year-old went missing from her home in Hanwell.
The 41-year-old Latvian man was found hanged in woodland at Boston Manor Park four days after Alice's body was pulled from the River Brent.
Alice was reported missing on August 28, sparking Scotland Yard's biggest manhunt since the aftermath of the July 7 bombings.
Her inquest has been adjourned until January.
Illegal immigrants have been trying to break through Britain's borders around 100 times a day, it has emerged.
Official figures from the Home Office reveal that the UK's Border Force and French authorities recorded a total of 11,920 attempts to illegally enter the country just between April and July this year.
The means the number of times illegal immigrants were stopped as they tried to sneak into the country has quadrupled since the coalition took power in 2010, when a total of 10,916 illegal attempts were identified across the entire financial year.
Officials say the jump is a combination of better detection, as well as increased pressure on British borders.
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has hinted that the party would be willing to support a minority Labour government after the next general election, according to reports.
Speaking to The Independent, Mr Salmond - who drove the 'yes' campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum - said MPs would set aside the party's usual convention of not voting on laws which only affect England in order to support Ed Miliband at Westminster.
He said he anticipated a hung Parliament after the General Election, and predicted that a "barrel-load" of Scottish National Party MPs would win seats.
Radical reforms in stamp duty have helped boost the housing market, experts have said.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said the changes - which see stamp duty increased gradually alongside the cost of the house, rather than increasing in large 'steps' - are responsible for a predicted rise in house prices, coupled with a lack of homes to choose from.
Under a revised system unveiled and launched earlier this month, the vast majority of buyers will pay less stamp duty - though it means people buying homes at the top end of the market will pay significantly more.
House prices in the north west, south east, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside are set to shoot up by five per cent in the coming year - while property in the capital will remain level, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.
It comes as further research from property analyst Hometrack found that house prices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham had grown at a faster rate than London over the three months to November.
The RICS predictions state that Northern Ireland and Scotland will see overall increases of four per cent, while the east of England, the East Midlands and the north east are set to see rises of three per cent.
House prices in Wales and the south west are expected to rise by two per cent.
London is the only region due to see no overall rise at all, though property experts have warned of massive fluctuations between different areas of the capital.
Driving home for Christmas is one thing - but it's when it comes to parking that people in Britain seem to have a problem.
According to research by one insurance company, 17 per cent of male drivers have had an accident while trying to park, along with 15 per cent of female drivers.
The survey also found:
- 19 per cent have asked someone else to park for them
- 21 per cent have had an argument with someone over a parking space
- 17 per cent had left a note on another car criticising the driver's parking
- 18 per cent admitted they had illegally used a disabled space in the past