We're getting our New Year's phone calls in early: Most people contact loved ones around 7pm instead of waiting until midnightText message traffic peaked at 7.02pm on New Year's Eve last year Four times as many texts as calls were sent on December 31st, 2011 Trend of sending same message to multiple people is behind the change | UPDATED: 03:48 GMT, 31 December 2012 The traditional phone call on the stroke of midnight is a New Year's tradition as entrenched as Auld Lang Syne. But now it seems Britons text their Happy New Year wishes hours ahead of midnight, research has shown. In 2011 traffic peaked at 7.02pm and analysts expect the same trend this year
Assad's highest ranking military police officer defects Syrian regime and flees to TurkeyGen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal said army has become a 'gang for killing'The defection comes as military pressure builds on the regime from rebel assault He appeared in a video on Al Arabiya TV saying he is joining 'the people’s revolution' | UPDATED: 19:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 The man who heads Syria’s military police has joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Maj.
Running for his life: Moment gangsters on rival turf chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' Kwame Ofosu-Asare was mistaken for a rival gang memberTwo teenagers 'who showed no remorse' stabbed him fourteen times Idiabeta jailed for 19 years and Okusanya for 20 years today Idiabeta was in youth court on day of attack for breaching bail conditionsOkusanya told police: 'Everyone gets stabbed, everyone goes to jail, that's how life is' | UPDATED: 18:18 GMT, 18 December 2012 This is the horrifying moment gangsters chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student after mistaking him for a rival gang member. CCTV footage shows victim Kwame Ofosu-Asare who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' running away from Nelson Idiabeta, then 17, and Nathaniel Okusanya, then 18. Moments after the teenagers were captured running after him and a friend, Kwame was stabbed 14 times in the back in a 'cowardly and merciless' murder.
A dog that can drive It must be a Rover: The stray canines that have been taught to get behind the wheel The three stray dogs are being trained in specially modified carts to operate the car's controlsThey will attempt to drive a real Mini next week, with their efforts being broadcast live online | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 6 December 2012 In a world already full of road hogs this is perhaps the last thing you want to see in the rear view mirror. Animal experts are teaching dogs how to drive.
How he would restrain the Press: ‘Independent regulator’ would police newspapers – with Ofcom as enforcerRole for Ofcom was rejected by David Cameron 90 mins after Leveson proposals were publishedHe told MPs that the head of the broadcast regulator was appointed by ministers – putting politicians too close to regulation of Press'Independent regulator' would set standards and rules for the PressNewspapers could be hit with 1m fine for breaching new code | UPDATED: 10:08 GMT, 30 November 2012 The media watchdog Ofcom would play a key role under Lord Justice Leveson’s plan for a new independent regulatory body. The quango – run by Ed Richards, a former member of Tony Blair’s policy unit – would act as a ‘backstop’ regulator if publishers refused to sign up to the new body