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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.

Ajmol Alom, pictured here at belfast Airport during a school trip to Northern Ireland, was killed in a knife attack

Murdered teenager who wanted to be a doctor excelled in GCSEs

A would-be doctor murdered in an apparently unprovoked stabbing achieved top grades in his GCSEs, his headteacher has revealed.

The pacu fish - or,

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time

‘This is our area - we have a right to live here’: Southall Black Sisters unite against ‘racial profiling’ with spontaneous protest

In Southall, women take on border agency officers in a show of defiance

Schools are under pressure to boost performance

Schools ask pupils to sit GCSE maths exams twice to boost league table scores, warns Ofqual

Thousands of teenagers are being put in for multiple GCSE maths exams in the hope they will get crucial C grade passes in at least one of them.

Five-minute memoir: Rupert Thomson recalls the moment his first child was born - and he was struck down by flu

I described my symptoms. 'Get the baby out of the house,' the nurse said.

Authorities set to investigate Nazi-themed café in Indonesia, which features images of Hitler

Café features a wall of Nazi-related memorabilia including images of Hitler, a flag bearing a swastika and Nazi propaganda

Video frame grab of U.S. President George W. Bush (L) ducking from a shoe during a news conference in Baghdad December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Reuters TV

Bush, Anarchism and Muhammad: The most fought-over Wikipedia articles revealed

New research shows how 'edit wars' erupt over controversial subjects

Doctors say severe amnesia has disrupted Michael Boatwright's short-term memory

Mystery of American who woke up speaking Swedish is solved - by a medieval re-enactment society

Society for Creative Anachronism knew him as Strongbow from the group's jousting team

They come over here, speak good English, get good jobs... Immigrants get better jobs than native Britons, figures reveal

Census data reveals full picture of role that foreign nationals play in British society

The most abandoned book was J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable

Just over 15 per cent abandon a book before 50 pages

Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten hopes to attract more British passengers with its Europa 2

Germans launch ‘you’ boat to lure English speakers on luxury cruise

Every cabin on the ship has a mini-bar dispensing unlimited Konig Pilsener, free of charge

Few had seen him play before France met England in the European Championship at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Debuchy was excellent

Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy not going anywhere amid rumours of France return

Defender admits difficult start to life in England, but he has grown to love the country and playing in the Premier League

The Chancellor George Osborne takes his seat after his Spending Review address in which he introduced benefit restrictions designed to save £4bn a year

The Wonga coup: Chancellor George Osborne's 'gift to the payday lenders' in Government Spending Review

Chancellor unveiled unexpected £365m package of further welfare cuts

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.

Almost all the top 50 most popular girl’s names are made up of 'small' vowel sounds

Parents influenced by evolutionary tendency when naming children

Parents' choice of baby names is influenced by an evolutionary tendency to make boys sound large and girls sound small, thus improving their chances of procreating, scientists have claimed.

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