The Home Secretary, Theresa May

Slavery: the hint that Theresa May gave a fortnight ago of dramatic rescue

Home Secretary told awards ceremony of 'men, women and children in our country ... living lives of servitude and misery'

'Scout' relaxing at her home......Dogs were domesticated as long as 30,000 ago and came from packs of wolves befriended by hunter gatherers in Europe

Your dog is 10,000 years older than scientists thought

They now reckon domestication from European wolves must have occurred about 20,000 or 30,000 years ago

Farmers’ friend Prince Charles on a visit to Cumbria

Prince Charles: Supermarkets give squeezed farmers a raw deal

They take all the profit and accept none of the risk, says heir to the throne in editorial for Country Life magazine

Rather too often the message shows a desire to show off the inscriber’s poetic sensibility

'From one naughty lady to another...'

A collection of inscriptions scribbled in books provides tantalising glimpses of human behaviour, says John Walsh

This is a triumph of basic science with huge implications. Crispr technique breaks the mould

When I saw it working in my lab my jaw dropped

A scientist examines a genetically modified crop

There is undeniable risk in producing the GM rice that the Environment Secretary is proposing

A response to Owen Paterson: You can’t just genetically modify your way out of poverty

Sir Ian Sinclair: Lawyer who helped ease Britain’s entry into the EEC

Apart from Edward Heath himself, his negotiator-in-chief Geoffrey Ripon and the pivotal civil servant Sir Con O’Neill, no individual did more to facilitate the UK’s entry into the EEC than the Chief Legal Adviser to the Government, Sir Ian Sinclair.

While Indian rhino numbers are recovering, Chris Packham says similar endangered species have only limited conservation value

Conservation must stop wasting money and energy on giant panda and other cute animals, warns Chris Packham

Environmental campaigners should stop wasting money trying to save “totemic symbols of cuteness” such as the giant panda and focus instead on more pressing political conservation issues, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

Sweet deal for Yorkshire as Haribo announces new factory in Castleford

Yorkshire has a long history of manufacturing treats to feed the British sweet tooth. Jonathan Brown finds out more

Tony Blair with the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the UN General Assembly in New York last month

Israel stifles Palestinian growth, says World Bank

Easing restrictions on land and labour could boost the West Bank’s GDP by 35 per cent

Niedermorschwihr in north-eastern France

Landscape of French farming set to change as President François Hollande channels subsidy to smaller producers

President François Hollande has reversed decades of French farm policy by channelling subsidies away from intensive, highly-mechanised producers towards smaller, more traditional farms.

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him

Conference Diary: Ed Miliband demands the right of reply over his denigrated dad in Daily Mail

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him. It is a right that  newspapers are understandably reluctant to concede, lest their columns be filled with nothing but the wailing replies from wronged politicians. But there again, it is unusual to attack a politician by going for his dead father.

Boko Haram has fought against the government since 2009, demanding Sharia law

'Boko Haram' militants kill at least 26 students as they sleep in attack on agricultural college in Nigeria

School staff say government protection which had been promised for schools in the region never arrived

Agriculture minister warns of HS2 rail link's risk to woods

A senior minister warned today that the proposed £42.6bn HS2 high-speed rail line could damage irreplaceable ancient woodland.

To boldly grow: Nasa reveals plans to start growing lettuce in space

New machine will deliver nutrients to six romaine lettuces

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