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Struggling Hovis is to get £200 million of investment under a deal that will hand a major slice of the operation to an American firm.

Injured officers commended for 'bravery'

Tributes were paid today to a police officer and a police community support officer who were injured by a man with a knife in a busy shopping street.

Police officers stabbed after checking bus fare

Two police officers were stabbed by a knifeman today after they stopped him to check he had paid his bus fare.

Police officer accused of assaulting arrested man

A police officer was accused today of assaulting a man he arrested after being called to a street fight.

Woman 'left dying in street with severed hand'

A woman hacked to death on the orders of her husband was left dying in the street with a severed hand, the Old Bailey heard today.

Not Quite White, By Simon Thirsk

The basic plot of Not Quite White could have come straight from an Ealing comedy: a young Englishman, Jon Bull, is sent from Westminster to Llanchwaraetegdanygelyn to help the town modernise. The inhabitants resent speaking English and Bull has no Welsh. But he falls in love with a beautiful yet troubled Welsh nationalist, Gwalia, and she with him...

Mike Edwards: Cellist with the original line-up of the Electric Light Orchestra

Considered a guilty pleasure or derided for their obvious Beatles influences, the Electric Light Orchestra were one of the biggest bands of the Seventies and early Eighties, with worldwide sales of over 50 million albums.

Two RC school workers arrested on sex charges

Two men aged 71 and 68, working at a prestigious Roman Catholic school, have been arrested, and another living abroad has been summoned back to the UK in a police investigation into allegations of child abuse.

16th arrest in machete murder case

A 16th suspect was arrested today over the brutal machete murder of mother-of-two Geeta Aulakh.

Is it time for British cinema to rediscover the Aga saga?

Since the new wave in the 1960s, films with middle-class characters have been out of favour. When will UK directors get over their social hang-ups, asks Geoffrey Macnab

Dr Ragab's Universal Language, By Robert Twigger

There is a genre of modern fiction which one might style the Quirky Novel. It generally features supernatural events, stories within stories, swift transitions in time and place, an enigmatic sage as a key character, and much display of curious lore on the part of the author. Novels like this can be tiresome but Dr Ragab's Universal Language, though it fits the bill, is far from being so, as it is so well written.

The trials and tribulations of creating a 'free' school

Peter Stanford talks to Toby Young about his quest to provide a decent education for his children

Paediatrician struck off in 2007 is restored to register

Appeal Court overturns GMC's response to claims doctor accused mother of murder

Paediatrician wins appeal against being struck off

The Court of Appeal today overturned a decision which resulted in a consultant paediatrician of "international repute" being struck off over an allegation that he accused a mother of murder.

How a riot in Southall became a symbol of police corruption

Shortly before 8pm on a wet Monday in April 1979, a police van carrying six officers from Unit 1 of the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group pulled up on Beechcroft Avenue in west London alongside a group of anti-fascist protesters who had been picketing a National Front meeting at Southall Town Hall.

Man due in court over stab murder

A man will appear in court charged with murder today after a man was found in an industrial estate with stab wounds.

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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