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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.

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Back when PMs worked their way up

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

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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

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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.

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Tony Pulis surprised David Moyes remains at Everton

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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

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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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