News Hundreds of schools were closed today, because of a teacher strike

Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

Teachers in nearly 3,000 schools will stage a one-day strike as union leaders fire the first shots in their campaign against pay and pension curbs and cuts in education spending

Teachers to close schools with strike against cuts

Teachers in nearly 3,000 schools will stage a one-day strike on Thursday as union leaders fire the first shots in their campaign against pay and pension curbs and cuts in education spending.

Flowers and a message left by Reading Football Club at the memorial outside Anfield for the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster

Chester, Crewe, Preston or Warrington? New Hillsborough inquests will be in the North-west

The judge is keen to ensure that they are within easy travelling distance from Liverpool

'Ere, giz us a job? Primary school head bans children from using improper enunciation

Was this the social engineering of a middle-class teacher?

Two die in light aircraft crash near village of Churton

Two men were killed in a light aircraft crash on England's border with Wales, police confirmed this morning.

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed jailed for life for murdering their daughter Shafilea

Judge told the pair they had sought to keep the teenager in the "sealed cultural environment" of rural Pakistan rather than modern Britain

Jury out in Shafilea Ahmed 'honour killing' murder trial

A jury has begun considering its verdicts in the trial of a couple accused of murdering of their daughter because they believed she brought “shame on the family”.

Farzana Ahmed is jointly charged with murdering her daughter

I lied to police in fear of husband, says Shafilea's mother

A woman accused of murdering her daughter because she brought shame on the family told a jury yesterday that she had lied to police because she was "frightened" of her husband who she said would beat her.

Shafilea Ahmed’s father denies murder after wife changes story

A father accused of murdering his daughter because he believed she had brought shame on his family broke down in court today as he denied the charge.

Murdered Shafilea Ahmed's teacher 'saw beating bruises'

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher saw injuries which the teenager claimed were caused in a "beating" from her parents, a court heard today.

Shafilea Ahmed killing letters are fiction, court hears

A sister of Shafilea Ahmed gave a friend writings in which she spoke about "how her parents killed the teenager", a court heard today.

Shafilea Ahmed's sister denies lie claims

Shafilea Ahmed's sister has denied telling her police handlers she "made up" the story of how her parents murdered the teenager, a court heard today.

Sister of Shafilea Ahmed breaks down as she describes teenager's final moments

The younger sister of alleged honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed broke down today as she relived her last moments describing how the teenager gasped for air as she struggled against her parents' clutches.

Parents 'killed daughter by forcing bag into her mouth'

Sister of 'honour killing' victim tells jury of years of abuse suffered at home during feud over lifestyle

Boy, seven, dies playing football

A seven-year-old boy has died while playing football.

Groom jailed for hotel arson

A man who set fire to the country-house hotel where he was holding his wedding reception has been jailed for six years.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee