Detectives investigating the abduction and murder of Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville have arrested two men.


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A baby orangutan plays with a Christmas costume at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem, 146 kilometers east of Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Christmas Day came early for some animals in the zoo, where the employees prepared presents for them filled with dried fruit, nuts, clothes or dishes. AP Photo



Gutsy Reds earn late reward

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Ultimately it was a point richly deserved for Liverpool, but unless Brendan Rodgers addresses the two salient themes of the campaign, their season is destined to end in mediocrity.


My mother was never lighthearted about Christmas. It was an enemy

ON the face of it, I’m all set for Christmas. But not really.


We have forgotten the humble Christmas card. It will soon be doomed

THE letterbox clanks. As is always the case, I gallop downstairs to see what the post brings. This, I think, is a feature of the self-employed. The lack of a buzzing office atmosphere means that the postman’s arrival is a big deal. What will today bring? Maybe I’ve finally won the million euro in the Prize Bonds?



Jackie Chan's son charged over drugs in China

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained.


Put your feet up with ten of the best books this ChristmasBy Richard Fitzpatrick

Fashion & Beauty

Expert advice on dealing with Christmas stressBy Helen O’Callaghan

Food & Drink

Christmas deserts for the kidsBy Darina Allen

Diet & Fitness

Look after your curves this Christmas with this simple workoutBy Amanda Khouv

Home & Interiors

Wish List: Some festive gift ideas to brighten any home


Hideaways for after Santa’s visit and before the new year resolutions kick inBy Tony Clayton-Lea

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Album review: D’Angelo and the Vanguard Black MessiahEd Power


Nature table: What do you know about mistletoe?By Dick Warner