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The aperitif is back, the aperitif is in. At Simon Rogan's joint in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, a guy in a bomber jacket breaks off a conversation with his date, "I'll have Just a Splash – that cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco," he says to the barman.

Letters: Why people still distrust the press

These letters appear in the Monday 14th October edition of the Independent

Enemies of the the Daily Mail discover new strength in numbers

In standing up for his father’s reputation, Ed Miliband has set a new tone in relations between public figures and the most aggressive elements of the press.

Last night's viewing - House of Surrogates, BBC4; Drama Matters: The Psychopath Next Door, Sky Living

With her glossy black hair and glamorous red sari, Dr Nayna Patel swept on to our screens last night like a movie star – a particularly bossy movie star. In fact, she's the IVF practitioner at the centre of India's $1bn-a-year commercial surrogacy industry. At her clinic and dormitory in Gujarat, she not only oversees the pregnancies of 100 women at a time, but also likes to weigh in on many other aspects of their personal lives: what they should spend their fee on, what skills they should learn, and whether they should kick that no-good husband out on to the street. So was Dr Nayna an evil capitalist exploiting the desperate for her own gain? Or a pioneering scientist and feminist crusader to boot?

Of course some teachers will bump up marks. Coursework puts teachers in a lose-lose position

It’s no surprise that a top academy reportedly 'inflated grades' - teachers are increasingly pressured to get good results

The Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has taken the unusual step of criticising the clients of his own gym business empire, saying he is unhappy with the kind of people using the chain after he decided to drop the membership prices

Duncan Bannatyne slams his own gym clients in ‘Ratner moment’

The Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has taken the unusual step of criticising the clients of his own gym business empire, saying he is unhappy with the kind of people using the chain after he decided to drop the membership prices.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai vows to clear his name

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has compared his plight to that of his father, Bo Yibo, a revolutionary hero, and said that one day his name will be cleared.

Swedish court rules that it is ‘okay’ to masturbate in public

A 65-year-old man who pleasured himself on a Stockholm beach acquitted of sexual assault because he ‘was not targeting a specific person’

Novelist Jim Crace who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker for Harvest

British authors to compete with American literary giants after Man Booker Prize opens up to global fiction

Writers of all nationalities will now be able to compete for the prestigious English-language literature prize

Indian author Jhumpa Lahiri, on this year's shortlist, lives and works in America

Shock as Man Booker prize plans to consider works by American writers

British authors say award will lose its distinctiveness and new talent will be ‘crowded out’

Paolo Di Canio gestures to Sunderland fans after his side's capitulation at Crystal Palace

Paolo Di Canio insists 'I never feel pressure' - despite poor start to season from Sunderland

The Black Cats are yet to win this season

Is this ‘160-year-old’ Ethiopian man the world’s oldest ever person?

Local media reports suggest retired farmer Dhaqabo Ebba's recollections of historical events place his date of birth in the 1850s

Flagship academy Chatham Grammar School given ‘inadequate’ score by Ofsted

Inspectors present the most severe criticism yet of standards in a selective school

English children outperform Welsh and Scottish pupils at reading

Children in England are better readers at the age of seven than their counterparts in Wales and also make faster progress from the age of three than those in Scotland, according to new research published today.

Germany in ****storm over rise of English words in dictionary

The country’s language association took the respected Duden Sprachewörterbuch’s editors to task for using the word ‘soccer’

Republican Party of India supporters protest in Mumbai against the rape of a female photographer

Second man arrested in Mumbai photographer gang-rape case

Five men suspected of attack in which male companion was also tied up and beaten

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