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

Symonds insists he will return to Baggy Green fold

Andrew Symonds is committed to returning to the Australian cricket team, but has no idea how long it will take to regain selection.

Union loses MoD job cuts challenge

A union today lost a High Court legal challenge over the financial terms on which the Ministry of Defence is said to be seeking to cut the jobs of around 5,000 civilian staff.

The Week In Radio: A tribute to the power of love

Across the nation, throughout Between Ourselves (BBC Radio 4, Thursday), you could hear the gentle thud of jaws dropping to the floor. In the first of a new run, the common experience uniting Olivia O'Leary's guests was that they were married to people who underwent a change of sex, and the marriage had survived the alteration: Daphne's husband was now a woman; Chris's wife a man. Just that basic circumstance was enough oddity to fuel most shows, but the strangeness, the sense of the extremes to which people will go, and the extremes of pain they will put up with, kept accumulating.

PM speeds up help for 10p tax-rate losers

Gordon Brown will increase the speed with which the Government compensates the 5.3 million "losers" from the abolition of the 10p tax band in the hope of heading off the threat of a new rebellion by Labour MPs.

Education diary: What Friends Reunited reveals about our education system

A close friend of the Education Diary has just joined the website Friends Reunited – Facebook for old fogies – and was interested to note what his old school chums were up to. Between the ages of 11 and 16, our friend attended a comprehensive school which, being in close competition with the local grammar school, was effectively a secondary modern. Having done well in his GCSEs, he won a place at said grammar school to study for his A-levels. Surfing on the social-networking website, he has noticed that his friends from the comp entered steady careers in quantity surveying and the like, and had either taken early retirement or been made redundant. His more illustrious grammar-school cronies, meanwhile, had been out and seen the world, and then returned to become something big in the City, or prominent lawyers. This binary divide was the product of the education system of 40 years ago. Would it be any different today? Plus ça change, we say.

Trevor Eve: Nice but nasty

He's cornered the market in bad-tempered cops and sleazy politicians to become the most bankable star in British TV. So what's his secret? Susie Rushton meets a very clever Trevor

The no-hit wonders that music refused to forget

As the latest 'failures' to be discovered long after their demise are rehabilitated on CD, Chris Mugan selects some of the other bands it took us a long, long time to appreciate

£500m is spent on Whitehall job cuts

Almost £500m of taxpayers' money has been spent on making 8,200 civil servants redundant.

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Israel tells Hamas leaders from East Jerusalem to quit party or leave city

Israel last night issued an ultimatum to the four most senior Hamas politicians from East Jerusalem: leave the faction or leave the city.

Motorcycling: Bayliss has one hand on title as Toseland thrills

The Australian rider Troy Bayliss closed in on his second World Superbike Championship yesterday when he claimed his sixth and seventh consecutive victories this season in two races on the 2.213-mile Northamptonshire circuit.

Another sacked minister holds on to his residence

* John "no jobs" Prescott is rightly ridiculed for clinging on to his salary, Jags, and grace-and-favour residence. But what of Labour's other fallen minister, Jack Straw?

Public sector fight for early retirement

The Treasury faces strong resistance to its civil-service pension cuts, says David Prosser

Tennis: Bates delighted as Rusedski stays loyal to Davis cause

IT WAS poetry to Jeremy Bates' ears yesterday when Greg Rusedski recited his itinerary for the weeks ahead: ATP Tour events in Marseilles, Rotterdam and Dubai - followed by Britain's Davis Cup tie in Israel.
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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