News Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva left Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the early hours of Monday morning

Stonyhurst headmaster rules their return as 'untenable' after their departure to the Caribbean sparked an international search

Osmayev after his arrest, his injuries covered with iodine

Trial of public schoolboy behind plot to kill Vladimir Putin is fixed, warns his wife

Russian security services feared to be  behind charges

Carson: hugely well-read and with a civilised sense of humour

Peter Carson: Publisher and translator

The call was unexpected, from someone I'd never heard of: "My name's Peter Carson. I gather you've been to Yelabuga."

Deaf children ‘are forced to move house due to budget cuts’

Families of deaf children are being uprooted from their homes as cuts in education spending turn provision of services into a postcode lottery, according to new research.

Book of a lifetime: Dusty Answer, By Rosamond Lehmann

Some books read early stay with you forever, that first dazzled encounter making such an impression that the texture of your life becomes part of the narrative. So, for me, 'Our Island Story' is about being nine and lying on a wall beside a swimming pool: a warm Pepsi with a straw in it, the smell of chlorine and pine trees.

POSH:
One of the highest grossing shows in the Royal Court's history, Laura Wade's hit is now at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre. It features the elite Oxford student dining society, the Riot Club. The fictional body echoes the Bullingdon Club of Cameron, Osborne, and Boris Johnson fame.

The real Oxbridge delusion: Deny it all you want, the red trousers and rich kids stereotype fits perfectly

Our writer, an Oxford graduate, slams his elitist alma mater

Amol Rajan: Hungry for education? No thanks: I've already Eton

When Justin Welby was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury last week, a few guys in our newsroom joked that all application forms for major public posts should have a box you can tick, to say if you went to Eton (as Welby did) or not. The idea is that this would speed things up a bit. For positions such as Prime Minister, Mayor of London, and Archbishop, non-Etonians need not apply.

Morton says: 'I find it very hard being a working mother. I tire myself out.'

Samantha Morton: 'My motion-capture suit made me look like a Teletubby'

I find it very hard being a working mother Not being a mother, but being a working mother. But I love working and I love being a mum. I'm the kind of person who will still do the things that others might get someone else to do: I want my kids to see me putting the breakfast on the table and doing their laundry. So I do tire myself out that way.

Simon Kelner: Blight on society, fame-craving dolt or role model?

What do you think sums up "almost everything that is wrong with Western society"? Exporting war and sedition to faraway countries to exploit their natural resources? A capitalist system designed to ensure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Greedy bankers? Politicians? Journalists? The Diamond Jubilee on the BBC?

Lord Adonis, who initiated the project, wants to increase provision

Pupils from broken homes to be sent to top boarding schools

Expanded scheme aims to give 1,000 vulnerable children free places at top private and state providers

Rupert Cornwell: Gay rights sharpen the presidential divide

Out of America: As Obama backs same-sex marriage, allegations about Romney's schooldays will do little to win over moderate voters

DVD: The Awakening (15)

Rebecca Hall's author, Florence, is a supernatural sceptic who debunks supposedly ghostly happenings in 1921 Britain.

Thérèse and Isabelle, By Violette Leduc, trans. Sophie Lewis

Violette Leduc, described as "France's greatest unknown writer", has been posthumously stalking me for nearly a decade now. In 2003, I was asked to write the introduction to a reprint of her bestselling autobiography, La Bâtarde, alongside the preface by Simone de Beauvoir who, for a while, was Leduc's mentor. What a "lucky strike" (as Freud remarked when he discovered the unconscious) it must have been for Leduc, who was broke, unknown and thought herself plain, to have France's most formidable female intellectual tell the world she had a great talent.

Thérèse and Isabelle, By Violette Leduc, trans. Sophie Lewis

Violette Leduc, described as "France's greatest unknown writer", has been posthumously stalking me for nearly a decade now. In 2003, I was asked to write the introduction to a reprint of her bestselling autobiography, La Bâtarde, alongside the preface by Simone de Beauvoir who, for a while, was Leduc's mentor. What a "lucky strike" (as Freud remarked when he discovered the unconscious) it must have been for Leduc, who was broke, unknown and thought herself plain, to have France's most formidable female intellectual tell the world she had a great talent.

The Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow

30 things to do by the time you are 30

She's joined the scouts, drunk Dom Perignon, and bagged a prince. As the Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow, Matthew Bell, who follows suit in August, finds out how many must-do-before-you're-30 achievements Kate Middleton can tick off, and compares notes. How many have you done?

This year, it is anticipated that one million older people will
spend Christmas Day on their own

Not just for Christmas

Many charities struggle for volunteers for 11 months but are overwhelmed by offers at this time of year. The season of goodwill shouldn't end on the first of January, says Luke Blackall

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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