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Oxford is thought to have become the first UK city to follow America's lead and ban non-recyclable plastic food containers

Oxford becomes first UK city to ban non-recyclable plastic food containers

Follows a host of cities in the US, where the policy has proved popular

When is Cheryl's birthday? How to solve the maths problem that has stumped the world

It has infuriated thousands - yet is surprisingly doable

The Conservatives have announced a new porn censorship policy in the wake of the NSPCC report

NSPCC accused of risking its reputation and 'whipping up moral panic' with study into porn addiction among children

Campaigners say the charity's 'flimsy research', which found that a tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds fear addiction to pornography, could have 'very dangerous' results

The scientists answered Bill Gates' call to help get around the fact that people don’t like to use condoms

The condom of the future? Scientists developing latex replacement that self-lubricates, delivers Viagra and feels better than nothing at all

A team from the University of Wollongong is among 52 tasked with removing the stigma that condoms make sex less enjoyable

Members of the minority Yazidi sect who were newly released hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk April 8, 2015

Nine-year-old Yazidi sex slave raped by 10 Isis militants is now pregnant – and could die delivering the baby

Aid workers tell of the horrific trauma experienced by kidnapped Yazidis

Noelle Baynham was left undiscovered at home until a concerned friend went to check on her

Woman in Hampshire eaten by her own dogs after she dies suddenly at home

The dogs were trapped inside with 61-year-old Noelle Baynham's remains for 'a few days', a pathologist said

The Korean embassy in Tripoli is located on the coast near the Malaysian and UAE embassies

Libya embassy shooting: 'Isis' gunmen launch deadly attack on Korean embassy in Tripoli

Reports suggest at least two people were killed

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during his inspection of Unit 1016 of KPA (Korean People's Army) Air and Anti-Air Force honored with the Title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un learned to drive at age three, North Korean children to be taught

New propaganda also claims the dictator beat a yacht company owner in a boat race at the age of nine

Walter Scott murder suspect Officer Michael Slager had prior complaint for use of excessive force against an unarmed black man

Supporters of the officer say he had 'served more than five years with the department without being disciplined' – but one man thinks he should have been

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own