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The very worst example of wedding greed comes in the form of the wedding gift list, which is a smart name for begging

Leading Article: We should fight to keep the good bits of the Education Bill

Many of the Government's education reforms have had to be shelved as a result of the election. We should not weep too many tears at the loss of the pupil and parent guarantees much trumpeted by Schools Secretary Ed Balls but thought likely by headteachers to lead to a lawyers' bonanza as parents claim their new rights.

Robert Hoy: Prolific actor and stunt performer

The thick, black moustache and dark, wavy hair made Robert Hoy one of the most distinctive faces in television Westerns when he played the ranch hand Joe Butler in The High Chapparal.

Deluge of doctors not responsible for NHS cut in death rate

The NHS may be getting safer but it is becoming less productive and has failed to deliver sufficient bang for the bucks, a report shows.

Premier League nets £1.4bn TV rights bonanza

Global broadcasting deals double in value after bidding war, shattering expectations / Clubs in line for extra £13m each per year

Leading article: Higher education, too, must adapt to more austere times

After a spending bonanza, universities have fat that can be trimmed

British Land gets property value boosts

Commercial property group British Land yesterday hailed a strengthening UK commercial property market when it said that its property values had jumped by 8.2 per cent in the three months to the end of December.

Pernell Roberts: Versatile actor best known as Adam Cartwright of 'Bonanza'

Pernell Roberts, who has died aged 81, will be remembered best for playing Adam, the oldest of the three Cartwright sons on the long-running television Western, Bonanza.

Beckford's bonanza earns Leeds return on £2m gamble

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Borrowing to exceed Darling's worst forecast

The Government is heading for borrowing more of than £200bn this year, on the basis of the latest figures on the Treasury's finances, which have been branded "dismal" by economists.

RBS executives set for record £4bn bonus bonanza

Bonuses and salaries totalling nearly £4bn are to be handed out to employees of the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) this year, it emerged last night.

Oktoberfests around the Globe

Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world, kicked off its 176th season in Munich on Saturday

Calls for tougher marking after yet another A-grade bonanza

Record number of top grades awarded as pass rate rises for 27th year in succession

Police pay – the great overtime bonanza

Hundreds of PCs earn more than their bosses by working 70-hour weeks to double their salaries

Vital pair will miss Sussex bonanza

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there