Jacques Delors: Britain could quit the EU and "still be friends", admits the former European Commission president

Britain could quit the EU and 'still be friends', admits the former European Commission presidentJacques Delors' u-turn after trying to force European federalism on UKHe suggested Britain could be EU 'partner' instead of fully fledged member | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 29 December 2012 U-turn: Jacques Delors' change of heart comes 22 years after he infuriated Eurosceptics by trying to force European federalism on the UK Britain could negotiate a looser relationship with the EU under plans floated by a key architect of the European project.

Christmas travel: Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called off

Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called offWalk out cancelled after 'satisfactory' agreement reachedRow began over dismissal of colleague | UPDATED: 20:46 GMT, 19 December 2012 Planned strikes by workers at two train operators, which would have caused travel chaos in the run up to Christmas, have been called off. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at ScotRail had been due to walk out on Saturday and again on Christmas Eve in a row over the dismissal of a colleague. The union was also set to hold a 24-hour walkout at CrossCountry on Friday in a separate dispute over industrial relations

Sandy Hook shooting: First pictures of Connecticut home where Adam Lanza murdered his mother Nancy

First pictures of idyllic home where school shooter Adam Lanza murdered his mother – and the empty children's slide sitting out back | UPDATED: 19:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 A sad and lonely children's slide stands outside the home where Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Adam Lanza lived – a poignant reminder of the 20 children he gunned down last Friday. Attached to a wooden climbing frame, the slide is positioned right outside the side door to the grand home Adam, 20, shared with his mother Nancy, who he gunned down inside before he left to commit his massacre. A side porch light has been left on outside the white $1.5 million dollar home which is set atop a steep, manicured green lawn which is surrounded by dense forest on either side

JAMES FORSYTH: The Coalition"s in good cheer – so the hangover will be terrible

The Coalition's in good cheer – so the hangover will be terrible | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 16 December 2012 Happy: One visitor to No.10 described David Cameron's mood as 'irrationally exuberant' Almost ‘irrationally exuberant’ is how one recent visitor to No 10 describes David Cameron’s mood. As they discussed the political situation and the state of the Coalition, the Prime Minister radiated optimism.

Andrew Dmytruk: Brit with a mental age of 7 jailed for four years for starting fire at Spanish hotel

Briton with a mental age of seven jailed for four years for starting fire at Spanish hotelAndrew Dmytruk, 51, had been on remand in Spain for almost two yearsCampaigners say he has learning difficulties and is dependent on his 77-year-old mother | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 14 December 2012 Jailed: Andrew Dmytruk, 50 A British holidaymaker with a mental age of seven has been jailed for four years and four months after he admitted starting a fire in a Spanish hotel.

Benefits adviser Manjit Singh Cheema recruited his mother Balbir Kaur to cheat taxpayer of 30,000 using insider knowledge

Council benefits adviser recruited his OWN mother to cheat taxpayer of 30,000 – using insider knowledge of welfare system Mother and son team lied while they lived together in house owned by him Basildon Crown Court sentenced them to 150 hours of unpaid work | UPDATED: 16:03 GMT, 30 November 2012 Cheat: Havering Council worker, Cheema, 23, abused his position to fraudulently claim benefits A crooked benefits adviser teamed up with his mother to cheat the council where he worked out of 30,000 in housing and council tax benefits, using insider knowledge of the welfare system. Havering Council worker Manjit Singh Cheema, 23, and his mother Balbir Kaur, 46, both of Romford, Essex, were spared jail after admitting fraud by abuse of position