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Romford in Essex is the luckiest place to live in the UK, according to research carried out by the National Lottery.

Iain Duncan Smith: Fairness for the taxpayer – and for the claimant

Government hands out £200bn per year but ends up trapping people on benefits
Foster Freiss, pictured with wife Lynn, is a close Santorum adviser

Man who's kept Santorum in the saddle kicks up a controversy

He's a billionaire businessman and conservative evangelical Christian and the latest in the spotlight in the Republican presidential race. But although he has all the credentials to be a candidate he's not one.

Foster Freiss, pictured with wife Lynn, is a close Santorum adviser

Billionaire's donations to Santorum questioned

Republican challenger denies breaching campaign funding law

UK ticketholder wins £41m in weekly Euro draw

An unidentified UK ticketholder has scooped the £41m Euro lottery jackpot.

Newt Gingrich puckers up with wife Callista

Las Vegas casino tycoon gambles $5m on backing for Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, who is fighting to slow the momentum of Mitt Romney towards securing the Republican presidential nomination, received a big boost at the weekend as a Las Vegas casino tycoon pledged $5m (£3.2m) towards an independent group that is supporting his run.

Ed Harcourt, Bull & Gate, London

For a while, real stardom seemed to beckon Ed Harcourt. His debut EP in 2000, Maplewood, introduced a Tom Waits-worshipping, 23-year-old prodigy.

Unsung: The 2006 film Indigènes highlighted the racism towards French African soldiers

Robert Fisk: France's shamefully forgotten allies

It took Indigènes to remind the French that they owed their liberation not only to De Gaulle's largely white Free French troops but also to 134,000 Algerian soldiers, 73,000 Moroccans, 26,000 Tunisians and 92,000 "others" from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rail manager committed suicide after corrupt dealings exposed

A senior manager at Network Rail committed suicide with his wife after the net began to close in on a scam involving bribes from corrupt executives.

Five Questions About: Sending cash overseas

Can I send cash abroad?

John Walsh: Without Aurum's help the award could not go ahead

Alice Oswald is published by Faber & Faber, whose profits were boosted for years by royalties from Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot. Eliot once worked at Lloyds Bank. Does Ms Oswald not feel sullied by the association with Lord Lloyd-Webber? Or by the evidence of Eliot's Mammon-worship?

Scottish artist's rubbish bin wins the Turner Prize

Modern art is often derided as a load of rubbish, but yesterday a Scot turned the cliche on its head, winning the top prize for contemporary art in Britain for a series of installations that include a rubbish bin.

Overseas cyber-crimewave taking £600m a year from the taxman

Lax cyber security at HM Revenue and Customs is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds a year in sophisticated scams that are largely perpetrated by foreign criminals, The Independent has learnt.

Was wealthy client behind huge lottery win?

The tale of three money managers claiming the biggest lottery payout in Connecticut history last week had already defied the traditional rags-to-riches plot everyone loves. Now it appears that the more than $100m (£64m) in cash will not go to their pockets at all but rather to a client of their firm, who needs it even less.

Caroline and George Maxwell: George has been given a teenagers debit card

Teach teens a lesson with prepaid cards

Youngsters can learn how to manage money without the risk of overspending

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

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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
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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
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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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