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

Ford will limit jobs loss at Dagenham

Manufacturers will tell workforce that Essex plant will become its world centre for diesel engine production and development

Football: Knee injury forces early retirement for Barrett

THE SHEFFIELD Wednesday defender Earl Barrett has been forced to retire from playing due to a serious knee injury, after receiving advice from three specialists.

Preventable deaths grow as health gap widens than any time

THE HEALTH gap between rich and poor in Britain is the widest on record and is continuing to grow, researchers report today.

Obituary: John Wells

JOHN WELLS was admired for his powerful economic and political analysis and loved for his integrity, kindness and, when his wretched health allowed it, enormous enthusiasm and energy. In his funeral address it was rightly said that though he was an academic he was not a snob; and that he was, it had also to be said, a member of the awkward squads of all the walks of life to which he belonged.

Leading Article: Tony Blair's worst enemy

MINISTERIAL MISHANDLING of the much disputed Welfare Reform Bill strengthens the impression that Tony Blair's Government has become its own worst enemy. The Bill's history suggests, on the one hand, a brave determination to put right some of the worst failings of the benefits system, and on the other, a cynical judgement - or misjudgement, more likely - of where the political payout is to be had.

Patten Report: Human rights and new openess at centre of report

The following is a precis of the Patten report's major recommendations:

Reforming The RUC: What The Report Will Recommend

THE PATTEN report will recommend this morning that the Royal Ulster Constabulary be renamed the Northern Ireland Police Service, and will make scores of proposals designed to change the face of policing in the province.

REFORMING THE RUC: Keeping the Peace?

Founded in 1922, the RUC has 8,500 regular officers, 4,300 reservists and 2,700 civilian staff; membership is 92 per cent Protestant.

Obituary: Dame Alix Meynell

WHILE, AS obituary columns daily attest, it is no great thing these days to live to 96, it is surely exceptional to mark one's 95th birthday by publishing a new, well-researched and substantial book. What Grandmother Said, published in February last year, was the latest of a number of rare achievements that Dame Alix Meynell accomplished in the course of her long life.
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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable