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

Self harm hospital admissions rise

The number of hospital admissions for people who self harm has risen 11% in three years, figures showed today.

McNamara wields Clubb for wooden-spoon battle with PNG

England have made six changes for the last match of their ill-fated Four Nations campaign against Papua New Guinea in Auckland tomorrow.

Mother dies after freak car defrosting accident

A mother of two young girls died after a freak accident that saw her trapped under her car while defrosting it, police said today.

Plunging temperatures herald arrival of winter

It's time to hunt out your hat, scarf and gloves. Winter has arrived.

Body armour maker goes into administration

More than 60 staff at Shieldtech, which supplies body armour to soldiers in Afghanistan and 25 British police forces, were made redundant yesterday after the company was placed in administration.

Warrington seal new deals with international pair

Warrington and England's two Bens, Westwood and Harrison, have agreed extended contracts at the club that has made them international forwards.

Close to the edge and no goblins in sight

Active Autumn: Fifty years ago today, Alan Garner's first novel for children was published. He showed Suzi Feay the places that inspired him

Hreidarsson set to sign new deal at Fratton Park, says Cotterill

Portsmouth's veteran defender Hermann Hreidarsson has agreed a one-year contract extension which he will sign after his return from international duty.

Elizabeth Gaskell joins the greats in Poets' Corner

Westminster Abbey commemorates the 'Cranford' author and biographer days before the bicentenary of her birth

Man found guilty of new wife's murder

Cheating newlywed Michael Roberts was tonight beginning life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his loving wife.

Top surgeon 'a caricature of surgical arrogance'

A top surgeon and former chairman of the British Medical Association left a surgical clip inside a patient, shouted at junior staff and behaved like a "caricature of surgical arrogance", watchdogs heard today.

Mercurial Brough pulls the strings to shut out Wolves

Warrington 22 Huddersfield 34

Hodgson denies divided loyalties as Wolves await

In these days of fixed-term contracts, his situation is hardly unique, but few players' present and future will collide in more pressurised circumstances than for Brett Hodgson today.

Cheating newlywed denies murdering wife

A cheating newlywed accused of murdering his wife never seriously considered leaving her, a court heard today.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links