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

Transport union leader to step down

A trade union leader is to step down from his post at the end of the year, it was announced today.

PM seizes chance to pick trusted military leaders

Turkey's civilian leaders prepared to use an unprecedented opportunity this week to choose generals they trust after the top commanders of all four military branches resigned in protest over the detention of comrades facing coup conspiracy charges.

Cisco lays off 11,500 in $1bn cost-cutting drive

Cisco Systems is to cut 15 per cent of its staff and sell a set-top-box factory as part of a plan to cut annual expenses by $1bn (£620m) as the network equipment maker tries to revive its fortunes.

Endeavour's final journey home

The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six left the International Space Station and headed home to end Nasa's next-to-last shuttle flight on Sunday, pausing just long enough to perform a victory lap and test equipment for a future interplanetary ship.

Love, Love, Love, Palace Theatre, Watford

Sixties satire that’s right on song

One in five young Britons out of work

There are almost a million young people unemployed in Britain, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday – about one in five people and the highest number since 1992.

Jobs-at-risk list tops 160,000

The number of jobs cut or threatened with the axe at local authorities has passed the 160,000 mark, with more councils set to announce redundancies in the coming weeks.

We Had It So Good, By Linda Grant

The most exciting day of young Stephen Newman's life is trying on Marilyn Monroe's mink stole. In the warehouse where his father works, caring for movie stars' fur coats, Stephen sees what transformation a draped pelt brings, while "exercising his birthright, the American capacity to be reborn."

More than 140,000 local authority jobs under threat

The number of job losses threatened at local authorities because of Government spending cuts has topped the 140,000 mark, according to a new study today.

Rhobert ap Steffan: Tireless campaigner for Welsh patriotic causes

The magnificent menhir that commemorates Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, killed by English forces at Cilmeri near Builth in the middle March on 11 December 1282, is the focus for several hundred patriots who gather there on the anniversary of his death every year.

Environment Agency cutting thousands of jobs

Thousands of jobs are to be cut from the Environment Agency in the next few years, a leading union has claimed.

Police chief of America's gayest city forced out – for 'homophobia'

The sign outside Palm Springs proudly welcomes visitors to a "two-time winner of the Best Gay Destination in the World Award", and tourist information leaflets proclaim it "America's Gayest City". But no one told the police chief.

Police granted more time to question Joanna Yeates' landlord

Detectives were tonight granted more time to continue questioning Joanna Yeates's landlord on suspicion of her murder.

We're pleased arrest has been made, say Joanna's parents

The parents of Joanna Yeates said they were "pleased" an arrest had been made in the hunt for her killer yesterday.

Landlord questioned over Joanna Yeates murder

Detectives were tonight questioning the landlord of Joanna Yeates on suspicion of her murder.

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