Leading article: We allow joblessness to rise at our peril

Predictions that unemployment may jump by September make sober reading for Easter. According to the think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, 100,000 more jobs will go during the next six months, mainly in the public sector, while private sector growth will be more than matched by an increase in the total number seeking work.

Scissor ban for haircut assault man

A man has been banned from carrying scissors in public after he sneaked up on two unsuspecting women and cut their hair, police said today.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Bahrain Grand Prix can 'help unify nation'

The president of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain has called on Formula One to help unify his country, although he is unable to offer concrete guarantees over safety.

Leading article: Only halfway to tackling Britain's drink problem

More than anything else, it is advertising and sports sponsorship that need to be tackled
Basah Al-Assad: Syria’s President is crushing uprisings with the help of the Shabiha militia

Assad blocks Red Cross aid mission to Homs

Regime resists Red Cross hopes for Homs mercy mission

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Robin van Persie bagged a hat-trick as Arsenal thumped Blackburn 7-1 at the Emirates in the Premier League. On-loan Thierry Henry scored the final goal in the romp.

Thierry Henry hopes derby can 'spark' Arsenal players

Thierry Henry has challenged his old Arsenal team-mates to kick-start their season with victory over arch-rivals Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Wenger watches on as Sunderland dump Arsenal out of the FA Cup

Arsene Wenger let down by senior players says David O'Leary

Arsene Wenger has been let down by many of his leading players and the Arsenal boss needs to ship out half a dozen of his stars in the summer, according to David O'Leary, the club's record appearance holder.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Reaction to return of Bahrain Grand Prix 'positive' claims Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone claims there has so far been an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the prospect of returning to Bahrain this year.

Emmanuel Adebayor will return to his former club

Arsenal and Tottenham issue fan warning ahead of derby

Arsenal and Tottenham have issued a joint statement warning supporters that anti-social behaviour during Sunday's north London derby will not be tolerated.

David Lammy suggested curbs on physical discipline may have contributed to last summer’s riots

Smacking children 'causes long-term damage'

Smacking and other violent forms of discipline are likely to be harmful to the long-term development of children, a study into the effects of physical punishment has claimed.

Big Brother is watching: the CCTV that talks back

The voice is calm, American and insistent: "Stop, this is a restricted area and your photograph is being taken. It will be sent for processing if you don't leave the area now."

Assad's tanks withdraw from opposition-held town

Syrian government tanks and armoured vehicles have pulled back from an embattled mountain town near Damascus, witnesses said, as a month-long Arab League fact-finding mission expired.

Six people were shot dead by Syrian forces while protesting against President Bashar al-Assad (pictured)

Assad warns crackdown will continue

Syria's president Bashar Assad has said he will respond to threats against him with an "iron hand" and refused to step down, despite the 10-month-old uprising against him.

Law granting Saleh and his aides immunity angers the opposition

Yemen's cabinet has approved a draft law granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides against prosecution for crimes committed during his 33 year-long rule in the impoverished Arabian state.

Amateur video footage showing a protester injured in clashes in Duma

Vast Syrian crowds demand Arab League observers' help

Emboldened protesters turn out in hundreds of thousands to put new pressure on Assad

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why