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An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Four police officers held over death of man in custody

Four police officers have been arrested over the death of a man in custody.

Mehdi Ouzaani in The Bible

What the devil? Obama look-alike cast as Satan in American TV show The Bible

His right-wing critics were probably nodding sagely in approval – but Barack Obama may have reason to feel aggrieved after hit American mini-series The Bible cast an actor with a striking resemblance to the US President in a key role – Satan.

Review: Young Titan - The Making of Winston Churchill, By Michael Sheldon

Back when PMs worked their way up

Roy Keane let Jordan Rhodes (right) slip through his fingers in 2009

FA Cup: If Roy Keane is so smart, why did he get rid of Jordan Rhodes?

The Irishman's judgement is not always to be trusted as he once let one of Britain's most natural goalscorers slip through his fingers

Stella English with Lord Sugar after becoming the Apprentice winner in 2010

'Nice girl. Don't do a lot': reality of life as the 'Apprentice' Lord Sugar barely saw

Winner of series making constructive dismissal claim against mogul says she had nothing to do

Review: The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone, By Will Storr

Can't stand the hero? Leave the kitchen

Spanish chef Ferran Adria and his team in the kitchen of the elBulli restaurant in Roses, Catalonia, in 2010

The dishwasher who made it to Tinseltown: elBulli superchef to get the Hollywood treatment

Ferran Adria is set to see his success story depicted on the big screen

Mohamed Merah killed seven people in a series of scooter attacks

Two accomplices of Toulouse's 'lone wolf' scooter killer Mohamed Merah, who went on killing spree, arrested

Two men were in custody in Toulouse today suspected of helping the “scooter killer”, Mohamed Merah before his murderous rampage in south-western France in March last year.

Academic focus 'driving students to quit A-levels'

Pressure to study academic subjects is leading to thousands of teenagers dropping out of A-level studies, according to a report to be released today.

Pearson to close adult education arm with £120m loss

Pearson took a £120m hit yesterday as its new chief executive, John Fallon, announced plans to close its UK adult education arm less than three years after buying the core business, Melorio, for £99m.

Most pupils resitting GCSE still fail to get a 'C'

The vast majority of pupils who re-sat their English GCSEs following this summer's grading fiasco still failed to get a top grade pass, results showed yesterday.

David Moyes looks on

Tony Pulis surprised David Moyes remains at Everton

Everton visit Stoke this weekend

Women are more likely to enter higher education than men

£9,000 fees putting a generation of boys off university

A generation of boys is turning its back on university in the wake of the rise in tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year, according to figures released today.

Amir Khan has parted company with Freddie Roach (right)

Bunce on Boxing: Khan can emerge from the shadows or go into freefall

'I have been in some real wars but I still feel fresh and the best is to come'

Godwin in June this year

Tommy Godwin: Cyclist who won two Olympic medals

Tommy Godwin, who died in Solihull on 3 November, two days before his 92nd birthday, was a cyclist who won two Olympic medals for Britain. He went on to be heavily involved in the sport throughout his life.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada