Victoria Richards

Victoria Richards is a freelance journalist currently working for The Independent online. She has previously worked for The Times and Sunday Times online and BBC News UK

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3. Bank of America Tower in New York is 366 metres but 131 metres is unoccupiable

America is officially the most competitive country in the world

In what may come as no shock to anyone, America has topped the rankings on a list of the most competitive countries in the world.

Eleven men are on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of committing sexual offences

Methodist Church apologises for decades of abuse

Investigation uncovered almost 2,000 alleged abusers

One of the unions involved in the strike has called off the action

Rail strikes in June: RMT announce 24-hour and 48-hour walkouts

The rail workers union has rejected a pay offer deal

McDonald’s attempts to turn around falling sales started in earnest on Monday, with new chief executive Steve Easterbrook unveiling a three-year strategy to save the business $300m (£198m) annually within the next three years. Net income fell 15 per cent last year

McDonald's to stop publicly announcing its results amid decline in sales

The fast food giant will stop disclosing its monthly figures from July 1

Italian boy survives being trapped underwater for 42 minutes

The teenager jumped off a bridge in Milan

In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company's worth at an estimated USD 18 billion.

Hashtag crowned UK children's word of the year

There has been a huge increase in the use of the word among the under-13s

Reda el-Fouly is being held by the Egyptian authorities for taking part in a tongue-in-cheek raunchy music video

Reda el-Fouly: Egyptian woman arrested for 'inciting debauchery' with spoof raunchy music video

Reda el-Fouly and Wael Elsedeki posted the tongue-in-cheek video online

Commuters face the prospect of further delays

Commuting for more than 20 minutes makes you 'stressed and cynical'

Researchers found a 'significant link' between travel and exhaustion

'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly

#BlameOneNotAll was an apparently misguided attempt to remind women that 'not all men are rapists'

Cholesterol U-turn as research shows fatty foods might not be bad for us after all

Doctors are now focusing on sugar as the biggest danger to public health

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Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific