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The Co-operative Bank's disgraced former chairman, Paul Flowers, apparently won the job because he beat his rivals' psychometric test scores, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

The life expectancy of baby girls born in some parts of England has exceeded 100 years for the first time

UK girls’ life expectancy ‘greater than 100 years for first time’

Children born in one northern town can reportedly expect – on average – to live to 105

RBS hires top law firm to probe claims it forced small businesses into collapse

Law firm will review claims that the bank pushed clients into distress to generate fees

Google was initially based in a garage but now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 global locations

Internet giant Google celebrates 15th birthday

Firm was initially based in a garage but now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 global locations

A selection of the researcher's rudimentary liver cells displayed in petri dishes

Japanese scientists grow working mini-livers for mice from stem cells

New breakthrough used non-embryonic stem cells and promises

The ‘Unrulyversity’ classes follow five formats and seek to bridge the gap between business and academia – while sitting on comfy sofas

Pop along for an education

Helena Pozniak signs up for an unruly university class for entrepreneurs

Case study: ‘I wanted to get the right job’

Paul Jaffe, Property valuation and law graduate

Katy Guest: There are 24 hours a day, and women get one

When people complain about programmes such as Woman's Hour, they usually make the argument that Radio 4 has no such thing as an "Hour for Men". The counter-argument tends to be that every other hour is for men who should toddle off and watch Top Gear until they calm down.

BBC news accused of gender bias

The BBC has been accused of being "testosterone-fuelled" after nine times as many male experts than women were shown on its flagship nightly news bulletin.

'Unfair' annuities cost elderly dear

Millions of private-sector workers saving for their retirement are at the mercy of a "hugely unfair annuity system" which lops up to £1bn off their combined pension incomes every year, according to leading pensions experts.

Stephenson at the May Day March in Belfast city centre last year

Jonathan Stephenson: Trade unionist and chairman of the SDLP

Jonathan Stephenson was born into a family of English diplomats, but the causes he espoused were anything but establishment. He was a spokesman for the trade union movement at a time when the unions were in constant battle with the Thatcher government and, despite the threat of physical violence, went on to become a leading figure in Northern Irish politics, one of the few Englishmen to make such a political commitment.

Letters: Museum must drop West Bank link

It is extraordinary, but true, that one of our great national museums is co-ordinating an activity that breaks international law. That museum is the Natural History Museum, which is collaborating in research with an Israeli commercial firm located in an illegal settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.

Press reports 'contaminate' juries, says Dominic Grieve

The key foundation of the British justice system, trial by jury, is at risk of being undermined by the media’s attempts to take advantage of reforms to the law, the Attorney General has warned.

Every day, more gather. Eyes are opening and the shackles of apathy loosening

The Occupy Movement has already changed the debate. Whereas previously systems such as capitalism or two-party democracy were taken as unquestioned "goods", now the very essence of our political-economy is up for mainstream discussion. In many ways, this was precisely our goal.

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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
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Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

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Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

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We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
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Meet the most powerful woman in US television

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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style