Sport Kevin Durant takes a shot during a practice session in Manchester

“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

Andrew Grice: Ministers forced down beneath the dark clouds of reality

Ministers have a real dilemma over how to respond to the dark economic clouds hanging over the Conservative Party conference. Too much emphasis on what Winston Churchill called the "sunlit uplands" and the Tories would look dangerously out of touch with millions of families struggling with squeezed household budgets. But too much gloom and there is a danger of turning a eurozone drama into a full-scale British crisis.

Village People: Party's power plan: on a wing and a prayer

At the party conferences...

Voting rethink averts wrangle with unions

The Labour leader backed off from a confrontation with the trade unions last night as he won support for plans to give a vote in leadership elections to non-party members.

Brother David enters the fray: Labour needs a cultural change

Labour must undergo a cultural change to ensure that Ed Miliband becomes prime minister, his brother David Miliband said last night.

Nick Clegg faces calls to distance his party from the Conservatives

Nick Clegg will face calls from senior Liberal Democrats to get "back to basics" and distance himself far more from David Cameron and the Conservatives over the coming month.

Musicians 'emotionally blackmailed' by charities

Professional musicians are being "emotionally blackmailed" into working for free at charitable and fundraising events, according to a union.

Ed Miliband on collision course with trade unions

Ed Miliband is heading for a showdown with trade union chiefs after he set out new plans to curb their influence over the Labour annual conference.

Saunders confirms Wrexham players not paid

Wrexham have cancelled two pre-season friendlies because their players' wages have not been paid this month. The club shares the same owners and Racecourse home as rugby league side the Crusaders, whose withdrawal from Super League was announced on Tuesday.

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This superior Hitchcockian thriller stars Liam Neeson as a scientist who has a car accident while he's at a conference in Berlin.

Cable's plan to consult on executive pay

Vince Cable has announced plans for a consultation on "ridiculous" levels of executive pay and ways to toughen up disclosure on remuneration and links to performance.

AIPAC conference confirms futility of negotiations

So-called negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian governments have often taken the form of slave and slave-master over the years.

The keys to the NHL Conference Finals

Michael Kim speaks to ESPN America’s lead NHL analysts Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby about their thoughts on the NHL Conference Finals.

The Children of Lovers, By Judy Golding

There is renewed critical interest in novelist William Golding (1911-1993). Following the acclaim for John Carey's definitive biography in 2009, Faber have produced centenary editions of Lord of the Flies (1954) and The Inheritors (1955), featuring new introductions by Stephen King and Carey. Later this year, the Bodleian Library will display manuscripts (Golding was an Oxford graduate). In Cornwall, the county where he was born and died, the William Golding Centenary Conference will be held in September at the University of Exeter campus, Penryn. Faber has also published his daughter Judy's memoir, The Children of Lovers.

Teachers reject education policy

Teachers passed a motion of no confidence in the Government's education policies yesterday, minutes before being addressed by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

Video: Czech President 'steals' pen

A hilarious new video has been released which shows the Czech President trying to surreptitiously pocket a pen during a news conference.

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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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