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The Queen has been voted the most powerful woman in Britain and followed by Home Secretary Theresa May in the list

Queen extends her reign to top list of most powerful women in Britain

Home Secretary Theresa May comes second in first table to assess Britain's most powerful females

Leading article: Betty Boothroyd for Barclays chairman?

With Barclays still rocking from the Libor scandal, and more than £3bn wiped off its value, shareholders are unsurprisingly keen for an outsider to replace Marcus Agius, the outgoing chairman. The bank needs a clean break, not least so that it – and the Serious Fraud Office – can get to the bottom of the wrong-doing.

Two children in every classroom go hungry as neglect takes its toll

Two children in every school class are going hungry because their parents fail to provide proper meals, according to new research.

Damien Hirst with Kids Company's founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh and children spin-painting in Covent Garden

Make your own Damien Hirst... along with the artist himself

They have been described by his most irascible critics as "junk food", created by anonymous helpers and easy to reproduce. Yesterday, a bunch of primary school children had their own go at making Damien Hirst artworks.

A spinning wheel and a splodge of paint – how hard can a 'Hirst' be?

Liam O'Brien joins the artist at a workshop for the Kids Company charity in London

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<br />This, the first British swimmer to win two
Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the eversmiling
face of the athletes who will, we're
confident, make us all proud at London 2012

The IoS Happy List 2012 - the celebrities who inspire

Rebecca Adlington

This, the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the ever-smiling face of the athletes who will, we're confident, make us all proud at London 2012.

Mark Grist, a Cambridgeshire teacher-cum-slam- poet, has become a YouTube sensation thanks to his his triumphant rap battle against an MC pupil, which has received a million views and counting

Agenda: Aesop; Mark Grist; Burial; Women of the World; tobacco cocktails

A fabled beauty comes to town

Mary Ann Sieghart: How far right are we going?

If Cameron isn't careful, he will find that Miliband has painted a more coherent picture of the causes of the riots

Colour Me English, By Caryl Phillips

These coruscating essays benefit from 20 years of deep thinking about race and racism, identity and Englishness...and Luther Vandross

Why, oh why? The week the pundits ran riot

The disorder of recent days has provoked a torrent of pontificating from the nation's opinion formers. Here is a sample from across the political spectrum

Letters: This is what happens when underclass values triumph

Coming from a working-class family and having lived for 20 years on a council estate, I beg to differ with your paper's analysis of the situation on Britain's streets.

Leading article: Britain has experienced its Katrina moment

At the weekend the levees burst and we have been witnessing the ugly results

A must-read: youth leader's plea for the socially alienated

A column in yesterday's Independent has caused widespread debate about the reasons behind the violence which has swept the country.

Camila Batmanghelidjh: Caring costs &ndash; but so do riots

These rioters feel they don't actually belong to the community. For years, they&rsquo;ve felt cut adrift from society

Number's up: The end of the little black book

Mobile technology has transformed journalism &ndash; and besides enabling phone hacking, it has also erased the status of that once-prized possession, the contacts book

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on