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Sammy Gitau on a street in Nairobi’s Mathare slum where his project provides children with education and training. He says he is a victim of a political power struggle in the Kenyan capital

From Manchester to Nairobi: the Kenyan pioneer educated in Britain who faces eviction from his Mathare community centre

The British-educated founder of an internationally acclaimed community centre in one of Africa’s most notorious slums is calling for help to save the project after being threatened with jail and eviction.

Tour de France 2014: ‘With 80 days to go, I feel in control’ says Sir Rodney Walker

Sir Rodney Walker, the man in charge of the UK stages of this year’s Tour, tells Jonathan Brown about the challenges of running a huge, free public event on a shoestring budget of £27m

The remains of the restaurant and buffet of the Grand Hotel, Scarborough, following the German navy’s attack

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The day they shelled Scarborough

For much of 1914, the conflict remained a remote, almost abstract concept for people in Britain. Then, just  before Christmas, the German navy struck. Jonathan Brown recalls the attacks that shocked the nation

Roman Catholic bishops are calling for the Church to allow them to marry amid growing signs of liberal reform under Pope Francis

Roman Catholic bishops from England and Wales call for Church to allow priests to marry

Roman Catholic bishops have called for the Church to take the historic step of allowing priests to be married amid growing signs of liberal reform under Pope Francis.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls as he listens to George Osborne deliver his Budget last month

Ed Balls under police investigation over 'fail-to-stop collision' outside West Yorkshire offices

Shadow chancellor's car was filmed crashing into parked vehicle in West Yorkshire - before driving off

Fraud trial told ex-JJB boss had huge debts

Gambling 'could have been behind' Jones's decision to borrow from rivals
32-year-old Hasnain Ali was allegedly tortured by authorities in Dubai

Hasnain Ali, the Briton tortured by Dubai police, unexpectedly acquitted on first day of his trial

The family of a British man who was allegedly beaten, threatened with Tasers and who had a gun held to his head after being arrested for a drugs offence whilst on holiday in Dubai said they were overjoyed at his acquittal yesterday.

The Nigerian preacher Helen Ukpabio is believed to have addressed three gatherings in London on her visit last week

Call to ban ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who poses risk to children

Born-again Christian Pentecostal preacher claims to have been betrothed to Satan as a teenager before being rescued from a cult at the age of 17

25 schools are now being investigated in relation to allegations resulting from Operation Trojan Horse

Operation Trojan Horse: Now 25 Birmingham schools under investigation for alleged Islamic extremist takeover plot

The investigation into an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take over schools in Birmingham has widened after more than 200 complaints were received by the city council amid claims that religious hardliners threatened to overthrow secular head teachers.

‘A human of the very highest calibre’: author Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend dead: Her hero has aged, her books haven’t - the Adrian Mole generation remembers author

His was a life of torment, albeit more imagined than real, that of a suburban warrior – the Harry Potter for the Dream Topping generation - fighting for love, fame and spot-free skin on the mean streets of Leicester.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
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The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary