Business Diary: Harsh words for litter-bug battlers

One imagines the British Retail Consortium is busy just nowhelping members battle through the snow or persuade cash-strapped punters to spend big this Christmas. Good of it then to take time out to offer some constructive criticism of the new Keep Britain Tidy logo. "Outdated and missing the point" is the BRC's feedback for the poor souls who spend their time trying to persuade us all not to chuck sweet wrappers on the floor. Apparently it doesn't encourage recycling.

Pardew demands mental strength

Alan Pardew wants the Newcastle board to bolster the squad with mentally strong players in the transfer window next month.

Alan Pardew targets January signings for Newcastle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has identified where the squad he inherited from Chris Hughton needs to be reinforced.

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Deaths, grudges, affairs and mutinies - just another year in sport.

Hodgson: I cannot do any more

While Roy Hodgson said that neither he "nor any manager I know" listens to a football phone-in, he would have been interested to hear the comments on the one staged by Liverpool's own television channel. When questioned by supporters, the club's owners, Tom Werner and John W Henry, argued that performances had to improve and added it was realistic to expect the Premier League trophy to come to Anfield "within three to five years".

Hodgson has 'no fear' about his future

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson does not fear for his job and is confident owners New England Sports Ventures will back him as he tries to turnaround the club's recent decline.

Allardyce ‘shocked’ by sacking after losing fight with new Rovers owners

Stuart Pearce in running to replace Blackburn manager who lost out in power battle over new transfer targets

Speed set to be new Wales manager

Gary Speed is poised to be confirmed as the new manager of Wales tomorrow.

Barton helps Magpies move on but leads tribute to departed Hughton

Newcastle United 3 Liverpool 1

Will Hawkes: Hodgson provides angry young men with a lesson in fury

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The king is dead, long live the king, says man-of-match Barton

Alan Pardew was celebrating a flying start to his life with the Magpies last night but the player who performed the pivotal part in Newcastle United's 3-1 home victory against Liverpool dedicated his man-of-the-match champagne not to the new man in the hot seat at St James' Park but to the manager who was deemed surplus to requirements by the Tyneside club last Monday. Joey Barton, the scorer of Newcastle's second goal and the chief driving force in their first victory in six matches, said his award was a tribute to Chris Hughton.

Pardew makes winning start at Newcastle

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Newcastle will never flourish under Ashley, claims Keegan

Club's 'Messiah' hails sacked Hughton for his success in 'impossible environment'

James Lawton: Gazza has a better chance of redemption than a club whose fickle fans suffer in silence

It is hard to know who has the better chance: poor self-tortured Paul Gascoigne or the poor, abused, betrayed football club he once illuminated with his genius.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?