News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Fit to work? Concern over contract paramedics sleeping in tents between shifts

Campsite all that ambulance crew can afford on £35-a-day allowance, says whistleblower

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries hasn't made a travel expenses claim since March

Nadine Dorries returned £3,000 in travel expenses after wrongful claims

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has repaid £3,000.72 in travel expenses after accepting that the claims were “wrongfully made and should not have been allowed”.

Gary Hooper (R) of Celtic celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the William Hill Scottish Cup Final

Transfer news: Celtic accept bid from QPR for striker Gary Hooper

The 25-year-old is keen on a return to England

Lightning at Poole Harbour; violent thunderstorms are expected as temperatures rise

Dramatic and uncomfortable end to heatwave forecast with 'violent' thunderstorms and intense humidity

The thermometer breached 33C for first time in 2013, in west London and parts of Surrey

Man jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend with dumbbell in front of daughter

The 22-year-old struck his ex-partner with a dumbbell after she threatened to report him to police for assaulting her

More allotments are being sold off by councils

Allotment-holders take legal action against Eric Pickles

Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites

Ian John McLoughlin, who is being sought for the stabbing, is believed to have recently come out of prison

Day release double killer on run after 'Good Samaritan' stabbed to death

Police issued an all-ports alert for Ian John McCloughlin

A scene from the derailment at Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a connecting bar on the track had become loose

Paris rail crash 'due to Potters Bar-style fault'

Friday's derailment, in which at least six died, raises major questions over track maintenance

Rising numbers of over-50s now renting

New figures show 6% growth in number of tenants aged over 50

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann

Ashes 2013: England concern over fitness of Stuart Broad

Fast bowler unable to take the field for Australia's first innings

Two men arrested after courier left critically wounded as van stolen

Victim tried to stop thieves and was run over after clinging to outside of cab

It's not quite Death Valley, but tomorrow promises highs of 26C for the UK

It's time to get the BBQs back out

Police arrest 11-year-old Rebecca Thompson's father over her murder in Hertfordhire

52-year-old is currently in hospital after car crash hours before the girl's body was found

Sirena Seaways ferry left nearly 500 passengers stranded for three hours after crash at major British port in Essex

The 489 passengers above the Sirena Seaways ferry were left stranded for three hours as rescue officials worked to safely re-dock it.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor