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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Swansea agree loan deal for Tottenham defender Steven Caulker

Swansea have agreed a deal with Tottenham which will see defender Steven Caulker join the Welsh club on a season-long loan.

The Stranger's Child, By Alan Hollinghurst

This complex, stylish novel in four sections exposes class and sexuality issues over seven decades and owes much to the work of E M Forster

Lifeline for care homes operator Southern Cross

The landlords of care homes operator Southern Cross have thrown the stricken company a lifeline by saying they are prepared to make significant financial concessions to the company.

Firm 'aims to exit 132 care homes'

Embattled care home provider Southern Cross Healthcare is planning to return 132 of its properties to landlords in a move that could cause disruption for hundreds of residents, it was reported today.

Southern Cross on the brink as losses soar

Southern Cross Healthcare admitted its future was in "significant doubt" yesterday after it slumped to losses of more than £300m and said crucial talks with its landlords had stalled.

Rent bid to save care home company

Embattled care home owner Southern Cross has a "reasonable" chance of agreeing a deal to save it, chairman Christopher Fisher said today, even though the company has plunged into the red after a squeeze on revenues.

Teacher jailed for lesbian affair

A drama teacher who took advantage of a vulnerable pupil and had a lesbian affair with her was jailed for three years today.

Quakers head for revival meeting at Wembley

After years of darkness, the FA Trophy final offers light to Darlington fans such as Stephen Brenkley

Orange denies Manila move

Orange has apologised to 40 UK call centre staff who were wrongly told their jobs were being outsourced to the Philippines, blaming the scare on "human error".

The business on...Andrew Tinkler, Chief executive, Stobart Group

The man with all the Yorkie bars?

Actually, he's a builder by trade, rather than a trucker.

FA Cup: Nutter sees red as underdogs Dover have their day

On a day of dramatic non-league achievement, Dover of the Conference South and the Conference Premier sides Darlington and Tamworth all beat League opposition in the First Round of the FA Cup, and there were good draws against senior opposition for Woking, Vauxhall Motors, Fleetwood Town, Dartford and York City.

Fire fighters battle factory blaze after blast

Fire fighters are battling to contain a huge blaze sparked by an explosion at an industrial estate today.

Tax breaks make venture capital trusts tempting

But there are still potential risks for investors, warns Julian Knight

Varney enjoys rapid rise on Blackpool's rollercoaster

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain