Bertrand Traore: The Burkina Faso midfielder cannot be given a full contract until he turns 18

Chelsea battle to keep Bertrand Traoré after teenager excels in Asia

There is anxiety at Chelsea that they could lose the exceptional 17-year-old midfielder Bertrand Traoré over the next six weeks before they are able to hand the teenager a professional  contract on his 18th birthday in September.

Current top female CEOs include Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, left, and easyjet’s Carolyn McCall, right

It’s not equality yet, but 2012 saw more women on FTSE boards

Nearly half of all first-time directors appointed at Britain’s biggest companies last year were women, offering renewed hope that the Government target of a 25 per cent female make-up of FTSE 100 boards by 2015 will be met.

The 10 Best natural skincare

Chemical nasties can be a concern for all skin types but these brands boast the best of what mother nature has to offer

Pucker up and away: A spectrum of lipstick shades for high-flyers

(From left to right) 1. Lipstick in neon orange, £15, maccosmetics.co.uk

Album review: Waxahatchee Cerulean, Salt (Wichita)

Former stalwart of minor American indie bands like The Ackleys and Bad Banana, Katie Crutchfield now ploughs a solo furrow as Waxahatchee, whose second album, Cerulean Salt, sounds like a throwback to the days when Liz Phair anatomised the emotional ups and downs of slacker-era America. Only not quite so openly: Waxahatchee's raw electric guitar chords mostly support a string of non sequiturs which defy illumination.

Five-minute memoir: Alison McQueen recalls shear humiliation on a trip to the hairdresser

'I opened my hand to show her the screwed-up pound note my mother had given me'

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Is student politics alive and kicking?

With a student protester arrested in London earlier this week, Hannah Dewhirst worries that students lack the platform to make themselves heard in this country

British arms sales: A step towards transparency, but many more are needed

This information was only released through the efforts of one Committee

Bargain Booze plans to float will help expansion to the South

It sells cheap vodka, fags, crisps and pizza largely to punters in the North-West. But the group behind the Bargain Booze chain today said it plans to raise up to £65 million by listing on the stock market, which will net its private-equity backer a hefty windfall.

Tyson Fury, left, has his eyes on a match with David Haye

Kevin Garside: Haye-Fury may be good business but it’s nothing to do with sport

The Way I See It: If money is the name of the game, this is a contest legitimised by loot

In the eye of the beholder: beauty looks for this summer

A delicate glow or all-out glamour, there’s a beauty look for everyone this summer, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Yes, we believe they deserve a pay hike - but there will be sacrifices

Tackling this issue is long overdue and will be good for democracy, says watchdog boss

The 'How to Meet Women!!' app offers valuable insights such as 'women tend to be more chatty than men'

Never downloaded, never used: The deathly rise of the lurking ‘zombie app’

Most apps loiter like decommissioned nuclear reactors on Apple’s servers

Harvesting a field of wheat in Leicestershire

Water shortages for farmers ‘will make Britain dependent on imported crops’

Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation’s resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imported crops, a government committee warns.

British public wrong about nearly everything, survey shows

Research shows public opinion often deviates from facts on key social issues including crime, benefit fraud and immigration

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

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
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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
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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
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'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