News The attack left Naomi Oni with severe facial scarring

Court hears how 21-year-old was jealous of her friend’s looks and carried out the alleged attack after a falling out

Staunton takes charge at Darlington

Darlington have appointed former Republic of Ireland coach Steve Staunton as their new manager.

Labour-controlled boroughs vow council tax freeze

Labour-controlled London boroughs today vowed to freeze council tax next year as they sought to neutralise Tory promises to keep bills down.

Perform with the Halle – and other tips for making your school top of the class

One school did it by getting most of its teachers to quit. A second banned swearing, with the headteacher giving pupils who broke the rules a roasting in front of their parents. A third lifted its pupils' aspirations by arranging for them to play with the Halle Orchestra.

BNP councillor faces ban over 'murders'

A BNP member of the London Assembly could be banned for up to six months today for making up details of murders.

'The Government does not pay us any attention'

On the balcony of a first-floor flat in Kilsby Walk hangs a tatty St George's Cross. It provides the only splash of colour against the grey and gloomy surroundings; even in sunshine this rundown council estate looks miserable.

Children in jail: lottery of justice is revealed

The jailing of children in England and Wales has become a postcode lottery where child custody rates in some parts of the country are five times higher than in others, according to league tables seen by The Independent.

Met firearms officer hurt in chase

An officer from the Metropolitan Police firearms unit was critically ill last night after sustaining head injuries while pursuing a car driven by armed suspects across east London.

Ed Howker: Victory warns of BNP’s geographical spread

The BNP’S victory in Swanley is a Klaxon blast alerting Britain to the growing geographical spread of the far right.

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Mackail-Smith keeps Cup success all in the mind

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Quality of education still determined by wealth, says report

The gap between rich and poor is widening under Labour with the quality of a child's schooling still largely determined by their parents' wealth, a report from the Conservatives warns today.

BNP wins first seat in assembly

Even as London digested the arrival of its new Mayor yesterday, it was also coming to terms with the election of the first British National Party member of the London Assembly.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Will the last British company to be bought up by foreigners please turn out the lights?

Should we be bothered as another important UK company passes into foreign ownership? Despite its free market rhetoric, the Government is likely to be more concerned than it cares to admit at Ferrovial's success in its bid for BAA. It's all very well having an open borders policy on inward investment, but what's going on at the moment is more akin to a bargain basement clearout of the family silver than a refreshing infusion of overseas money.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

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