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The festive season's a busy and tiring time which can take its toll on your skin. Cover up dark circles and blemishes with these clever concealers

The battle for tips continues

A new code of conduct from the hospitality industry will still allow restaurant owners to keep tips intended for staff. The British Hospitality Association published the code on how restaurants and cafes should treat money left as a service charge, gratuity or cash tip.

Housing market shows more signs of recovery

The latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) was released this week. The report has proven to be a superb indicator of trends in the housing market that do not show up elsewhere for some time.

Senior's service leaves depleted Hull high and dry

Hull 30 Leeds 43

Travelport's 5% wage cuts are disgraceful, says union

The country's biggest travel union has branded pay cuts at the UK-based Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) "a disgrace".

Hush (15)

Grisly British motorway shocker, with plenty of invention and energy to make up for what it lacks in budget, but a script dispiritingly indifferent to plausibility.

Win a masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School

Jemma Kidd Make Up is giving two Independent readers the opportunity to win a make-up masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School, together with a goodie bag of product worth £300. Workshops are kept small, with a maximum of four people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to practise those newly learnt techniques.

Daley and Waterfield through to semis

Teenage diving sensation Tom Daley and British team-mate Peter Waterfield both qualified for the semi-finals of the individual 10 metres platform competition at the Water Cube.

Cost of living: Oak beams

If you dream of rustic living, exposed beams are an appealing feature. Traditional styles imbue a home with warmth and character, while the modern variety can be sleek, minimal and suit any contemporary environment.

American whites 'will be minority by 2042'

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new US government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

Dr Feelgood: Facial oil - greasy but good?

Your weekly health and beauty check-up

Former Body Shop worker fined £85,000 for market abuse

City regulators fined a former Body Shop employee £85,000 yesterday for insider dealing in the cosmetic retailer's shares before a profit warning it made in January 2006.

Credit card costs soar in spite of cap on fees

The war over unfair charges may have backfired on card-holders, according to the latest research on credit card costs, with credit card providers hitting back at charge capping with a 15 per cent hike in other charges.

Secret Agent: 'People would rather pull their own teeth than put their house on the market now'

It's a strange sensation for me, but I'm feeling a little sorry for our manager. After last week's knuckle-rap over the office's sales figures, he's gone a bit bonkers – and for good reason. Even he is capable of working out that sales figures can only be improved if there's something there to sell, yet when people are about as keen to put their house on the market as they are to remove their own wisdom teeth, it's not easy. As Justin astutely points out, "We can't sell thin air" – although I'm sure he'd give it his best shot.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there