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A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".

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Mary Dejevsky: The insult to Putin was just the beginning

Three 20-something women who look, in their courtroom cage, no more than girls, are being tried in Moscow for "hooliganism". The charge, which could see them imprisoned for seven years, relates to an anti-Putin song they sang in Moscow's main cathedral. The case of the Pussy Riot Three has, rightly, prompted outrage, both that criminal charges were brought at all for what appears little more than a punk-band prank and for the harshness of their treatment – they have spent the past five months in custody. The celebrated quotation about "a butterfly broken on a wheel", which headed a Times editorial about Mick Jagger's 1967 drugs trial, has received a new outing in the English-speaking world.

Simon Kelner: With GPS, you know where the bodies are buried

It's an amazing thing, GPS tracking. Yes, this is the American-run satellite (Global Positioning System to use its full name) which powers everything from satellite navigation on cars to air traffic control to those gadgets which tell you how far you are from the bunker at the front of the green.

Named: Britain's most powerful brands... but can you spot the big cheese?

A label from the supermarket chiller is giving marketing superpowers something to chew over

Members of Pussy Riot, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, in court in Moscow
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, of Pussy Riot, at court yesterday

Russian punk band Pussy Riot goes on hunger strike

Three members of a punk rock group announced a hunger strike yesterday, in a case that is causing growing outrage in Moscow's creative and cultural circles. The decision to go on a hunger strike came after a Moscow court told them they must prepare their defence by Monday.

Spanish police recover lost Codex Calixtinus manuscript

A priceless 12th-century manuscript stolen from a church last year was recovered yesterday.

Tom Maynard, 23, toured with the England Lions earlier this year

Funeral service for Tom Maynard, cricketer hit by London Underground train

Cricketer Tom Maynard will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Wales today.

England captain Alastair Cook

England name unchanged squad for one-day series against Australia

England have named an unchanged squad for the five-match NatWest one-day international series against Australia.

Cutting-edge history: Roman Catholics beheaded by order of Henry VIII

Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations, By Eamon Duffy

An erudite iconoclast, this historian overturns assumptions about the beliefs of the English in the age of holy wars.

Police letter reveals St Paul’s cathedral involvement in Occupy eviction

Evidence has emerged of the critical role St Paul’s cathedral played in giving police permission to remove praying Christians from its steps when the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp was forcibly evicted earlier this year.

John Birch: Celebrated organist and master of choristers

John Birch was organist and master of the choristers at Chichester Cathedral, where he served from 1958-80, then at The Temple Church, London, until 1997, following in the footsteps of George Thalben-Ball, Walford Davies and EJ Hopkins. He was only the fourth organist there since 1841.

Quake-hit Christchurch to build 'cardboard cathedral'

A temporary cathedral built partly of cardboard is to replace the 131-year-old Christchurch landmark left beyond repair by an earthquake in February 2011.

A poster in Moscow in support of the female punk protest group Pussy Riot

Plight of punk rockers turns Russians against the Church

Pro-Putin clerics under fire over harsh treatment of Pussy Riot women who protested in cathedral

Worcester Pair: As spin bowling coach, Damian D'Oliveira (left) is overseeing Brett's development

And Brett makes three! A new D'Oliveira is making his mark

As a new season starts, Worcester await the third generation of a very famous name

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