CCTV: Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum on CCTV at Gatwick Airport, on their way, it is thought, to join IS militants. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

When Owen Connolly heard on the radio about the three missing London teenagers who had boarded a flight to Istanbul, he had an all too familiar feelin(...)

David Rawle and Chris O’Dowd in Moone Boy

Moone Boy, the hit comedy series co-written by and starring Chris O’Dowd, unveiled its third season at a special screening in Dublin’s Royal Hospital (...)

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Long before Hozier, there was Dozier – Lamont Dozier, that is, who, along with brothers Eddie and Brian Holland, made up one of the sweetest s(...)

Long before Hozier, there was Dozier – Lamont Dozier, that is, who, along with brothers Eddie and Brian Holland, made up one of the sweetest soul s(...)

Available from VeryFirstTo.com, the hamper contains some of the most expensive foodstuffs ever produced, including a rare caviar, goose foie gras, champagne fit for a royal wedding, and cognac that’s been ageing smoothly since 1789.

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Don't let the season get you down. Photograph: Thinkstock

As the big day looms, you may be starting to feel the pressure. Getting through Christmas is like a military operation – a gruelling slog between p(...)

Many of us flatter ourselves that we have original minds but there are some stock phrases we can find ourselves relying on every Christmas, even th(...)

Nothing like curling up with your kids around the yule log and reading them a magical Christmas short story. Here are six that will sprinkle a litt(...)