News Workers at mail-order company La Redoute protest in Lille against plans to sack 1,200 workers

3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

EADS to cut more than 5,000 jobs across Europe in restructuring as arms budgets fall

EADS, the aircraft manufacturer which last year was forced to scrap a merger with British defence giant BAE Systems, is cutting 5,800 jobs as it attempts to cope with governments slashing spending.

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement will make the winter of old age colder and harder for today's young people

Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found the surgeon guilty of 'reckless' misconduct

Neurosurgeon Emmanuel Labram struck off for lying about removing brain tumour

Woman, known only as ‘Patient A’, received no treatment for two years afterwards - at which point she found out the tumour was inoperable

Cautious welcome to decline in families without a wage earner

The Office for National Statistics warns drop has not occurred solely from people finding jobs

How safe is your kitchen? Our system for recalling faulty gas cookers isn't good enough

It is my firm belief that had we seen Beko's recall notices for their faulty cookers my son and his friend would still be alive today

The Pope waves to the faithful as he arrives at the Paul VI Hall

'I did it for the Church': frail and grey Pope Benedict XVI faces the masses for the final time

Michael Day in Rome sees Benedict’s first audience since his shock decision

Alou Diarra

Alou Diarra departs West Ham on loan

Midfielder joins Rennes for the rest of the season

TV review: Borgen, The Last Worker

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

Senior BBC staff before the firing line ahead of report on handling of Savile scandal

Senior BBC News executives are fighting to save their jobs ahead of a report expected to heavily criticise the corporation’s handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Murder fears for British round-the-world yachtsman after he disappears at sea

Family of missing man demand answers from crewmate who is arrested in the Seychelles

Farewell to the Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, London

The specialist subject of American playwright, Richard Nelson, is the tension in the so-called Special Relationship between the UK and the US.

Leading article: The Navy goes south

Why wouldn't they? Some of the 5,000 sailors facing redundancy from the Royal Navy are being targeted by recruiters from the Australian navy offering a fast track to citizenship. They are even offering the reverse of the Queen's shilling waiting, at the end of the gang-plank, as the sailors disembark from their British vessels.

Protestors march during the demonstration in the streets of Brussels

Thousands in Belgium austerity demo

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through Belgium's capital to protest against new austerity measures brought on by Europe's financial crisis.

Rescued Chilean miners to retire early

Nearly half of the 33 miners who survived more than two months trapped underground last year have had their requests for early retirement approved. The 14 men, who cited either physical or psychological reasons for needing to stop working, will receive £330 a month from the government.

Chile miners granted early retirement

Chile's government has granted early retirement requested by nearly half of the 33 miners who survived more than two months trapped deep underground.

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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'
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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