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Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has admitted his behaviour over the last 10 days has been "embarrassing", but ruled out taking early retirement.

Head died after 'torturous' inspection

A headteacher found dead after a critical school inspection felt the process had been "torturous" and undermined her professional life, a fatal accident inquiry heard yesterday.

I created a monster: Julia Donaldson on how the Gruffalo has taken over her life

When she gave life to the fearsome Gruffalo a decade ago, Julia Donaldson had no idea the creature would grow so big. Now, as it thumps and claws its way all over the season of goodwill, the writer tells Nick Duerden how she has had to confront the demon that's taken over her life

Phillips gets job on Sadler's Wells board

Doubters might have predicted an early retirement for Arlene Phillips after she was ungraciously dropped as a judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. But yesterday she cemented what can only be described as an extraordinary career comeback when Sadler's Wells Theatre announced her appointment to its board of directors. The position will become effective with her first board meeting on 25 November.

If you want to dip into your pension, be quick

The age at which you can get to your retirement pot rises from 50 to 55 from April next year.

Yacht couple's family issue plea to pirates

Relatives of a British couple thought to have been captured by Somali pirates today pleaded with the captors to end the family's "bad dream".

NHS trust 'tried to gag' doctor who spoke out

An NHS trust tried to impose a gagging clause on a consultant as part of a deal to terminate his employment, to prevent him speaking out about issues of patient safety, it is alleged today.

Brown tells TUC: public spending cuts are coming

PM targets 'low-priority' budgets, insisting NHS is safe

Pip... pip... pip... bleep! Radio 4 stalwart to leave after four-letter outburst

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Jane Macdonald: Nurse and campaigner who fought for the right to die with dignity

In a letter urging Independent readers to support the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill Jane Macdonald wrote in 2006: "This isn't about doctors or God: it is about patients... Until recently, I had breast cancer with bone secondaries that caused me a great deal of pain, despite partial control with strong pain-killers. Thankfully my cancer is in remission following treatment, although I still experience some pain. I also have multiple sclerosis... As a nurse I am aware that, despite the best medical care and the finest hospices, there is a chance of dying in pain and distress with a loss of my personal dignity. I would like the opportunity to choose the time and place of my death if life becomes unbearable."

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Loss of £4.6bn in 'irrecoverable' tax draws scorn

The Government's policy of writing off almost £4.6bn in unpaid taxes, in a year that has seen its tax take spiral because of the downturn, has been branded 'ridiculous" by a leading chartered accountant.

Head of police watchdog faces racism probe

The civil servant head of Scotland Yard's watchdog was under investigation today over allegations of racism.

David Prosser: Now it's time to give Sir Fred a break

Outlook Bet your life that every last word of the statement made yesterday by Royal Bank of Scotland on the pension arrangements of its former chief executive was intensely scrutinised by lawyers acting for the bank and for Sir Fred Goodwin. This is a deal carefully stitched together in an attempt to salvage something for all sides from the car wreck that is the issue of Sir Fred's pension.

MPs' expenses scandal heads to EU parliament

The MPs' expenses scandal spread to Europe today, as Prime Minister Gordon Brown ordered his European legislators to meet stricter accountability rules amid fears that similar abuses could be taking place at the European Parliament.

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