From armed rebels to government officials: First Sudanese MBA student receives AMBA's top honour

Student of the year Husameldin Elnasri speaks about his experiences at Lancaster University and the hopes he has for his homeland Sudan

John Chapple, chairman of the London Beekeepers' Association, installs a beehive in a rooftop garden in Hackney, north London

Urgent review launched into bee population decline

The Government is launching an “urgent and comprehensive” review of why bees are declining and what is being done to help them.

The latest vegetable to be sliced up, cooked in oil and served as a snack at middle-class dinner parties is asparagus

It’s crunch time for British asparagus as vegetable is made into latest gourmet crisp

We’ve had crisps made from beetroot, parsnip, sweet potato and even carrot but the latest vegetable to be sliced up, cooked in oil and served as a snack at middle-class dinner parties is asparagus.

A photograph taken by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority that helped convict Peter Lackey of illegally harvesting shellfish

It pays to use slave labour, says watchdog

Gangmasters Licensing Authority is dismayed at tiny fines levied on unscrupulous employers

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She makes yoghurt, she spins yarn, she looks nice in a fleece. But when will Kate Humble's gap year ever end?

Court of appeal quashes the convictions of four victims of human trafficking and releases new guidelines to protect others

Victims must be protected from criminalisation, say human rights groups

Singapore smog gets worse - can chemically induced rain clear the air?

Governments in south-east Asia meet to discuss growing crisis and people are warned to remain indoors

Google Doodle celebrates the winter solstice

Artwork by Christoph Niemann knits a combined scarf and glove for the southern hemisphere

Owen Paterson wants restrictions on GM crops relaxed

GM crops are safer than conventional crops, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

They are subjected to much greater scrutiny than traditional varieties, he says

Cow rescued after falling into car inspection pit in Devon

A cow that managed to climb on to the roof of a garage before falling through has been rescued by firefighters - after spending 24 hours wedged in a car inspection pit.

Ministers consider ban on face-down restraint in mental hospitals

Ministers will consider a ban on the use of face-down restraint in English mental health hospitals after new figures that show nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint were recorded in just one year.

Carroll singer: the Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is set to take the lead role in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Why creating the perfect Alice is no tea party

Michael Volpe continues his monthly dispatch on staging a world premiere

A lock of Mick Jagger's hair goes on auction at Bonhams in London

Lock of Mick Jagger's hair to be sold at auction

A clump of Mick Jagger’s hair cut before his Rolling Stones days is to be auctioned at Bonhams in London.

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iStyle: Haute on the range

Make hay while the sun shines and take inspiration from the prairie with denim and gingham this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

23 killed and over 10,000 pilgrims stranded along mountain pass in northern India

Torrential downpours in northern states wash away roads, buildings and vehicles

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