Black marble: Nasa images of earth at night

Six days of darkness: Nasa intervenes, but no sign of blackout

One-Minute Read Tue 16 Dec, AT 10:29

Rumours circulating online suggested that a massive solar storm would lead to six days of darkness this month

Star Wars 7: who are new characters Finn and Rey?

One-Minute Read Tue 16 Dec, AT 10:28

John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley's characters revealed in digital trading cards for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Columnist Crispin Black

Senate report on CIA torture a highly political hatchet job

Tue 16 Dec, AT 10:08 Crispin Black

Anyone would think Dianne Feinstein and her colleagues were disinterested observers. They are not...

Wayne Rooney

Rooney issues Man United title warning as Christmas looms

One-Minute Read Tue 16 Dec, AT 09:12

Old Trafford skipper focuses on Christmas schedule as United race up the table

Sydney siege update: victims named as details of gunman emerge

One-Minute Read Tue 16 Dec, AT 08:51

Man and woman dead after being 'caught up in the sick fantasy of a deeply disturbed individual' during Sydney siege

Marek Hamsik of Napoli

Arsenal plot double swoop on Serie A for Hamsik and Destro

Transfer Talk Tue 16 Dec, AT 08:39

Gunners will offload Podolski and Campbell in January to finance raids on Napoli and Roma

Henry IV

Henry IV Parts I and 2 – reviews of RSC at Barbican

Hot Ticket Tue 16 Dec, AT 07:43

Sher is tremendous as Falstaff in triumphant Shakespeare double 'bursting with life'

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal dominate team of the week with Chelsea and Man U

Summary Mon 15 Dec, AT 16:21

Four Gunners plus two each from United, City and Chelsea make this week's pick of the picks

Apple Christmas advert 'The Song' tugs at the heartstrings

One-Minute Read Mon 15 Dec, AT 15:53

John Lewis had Monty the penguin, Apple has the 'power to create memories that transcend time'

Jihadists

Islamic State militants publish rules for sex slaves in Iraq

One-Minute Read Mon 15 Dec, AT 12:17

Colour-printed pamphlet handed out in Mosul condones sex with girls before they reach puberty

Manchester City players

Champions League draw: how Chelsea, City and Arsenal fared

First Reaction Mon 15 Dec, AT 12:10

City face Barcelona rematch, Chelsea draw PSG again while Arsenal must play Monaco

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage

Worst Ukip gaffes: apologies all round as party trips up again

Briefing Mon 15 Dec, AT 12:00

The most serious gaffes and controversial comments from Ukip on gender, sexuality, race and religion

Scandinavian airliners operated by SAS

Russian military jet in 'near miss' with passenger plane

One-Minute Read Mon 15 Dec, AT 11:21

Near collision over Baltic Sea is latest in rising tide of close encounters between Russia and the West

Pension changes: what they mean for you

Personal Finance Mon 15 Dec, AT 11:09

It’s now easier to control your pension pot, but should you buy an annuity or go a more flexible alternative?

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