News A tractor sits in flood water still present in fields on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

(Top row) Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil; (Bottom row) Assad Hussain, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Karrar and Zeeshan Ahmed

Victims blamed for child sex abuse as Oxford council chief faces calls to quit over exploitation ring

Deputy Children’s Commissioner says senior child protection figures said the issue was of the victims' own making

Excluding 'clowns': Ukip toughens checks on candidates ready for next year's European elections

Ukip candidates will for the first time face tough checks by party chiefs in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing publicity that dogged it throughout the local election campaign.

Puritan made: The drive to hard work powered the Thatcher and Blair eras

The Protestant work ethic: Heaven knows I'm miserable now

It really does exist, and as jobs disappear, grafters are having to rethink their work-life balance

Television choices: How to build a better future with Sellotape and science

TV pick of the week: Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special

Robert Snodgrass in action for Scotland against Wales

World Cup qualifiers: Serbia v Scotland match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s game in Novi Sad

School in Essex bans triangle shaped flapjacks after pupil is hurt

Catering staff at a secondary school in Essex have been banned from serving triangle shaped flapjacks after one was thrown at a pupil.

Search on for new head of Big Society millions

The hunt for a successor to Sir Ronald Cohen at the David Cameron-backed social investment bank got under way over the weekend.

Library book returned 69 years late due to damage caused during second world war

An elderly Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly because the library was damaged during a World War Two aerial bombing.

Horsemeat scandal: Recalled ready meals 'may still be on sale'

Ready meals containing horse DNA may still be on sale despite a product recall, trading standards officials have said.

This is an AAA disaster created by George Osborne

The Chancellor's incompetence is clear from the employment figures. Despite all the Coalition's claims to the contrary, young people in particular are suffering needlessly

Elderly woman 'died in agony' after being left without care in her home for nine days

An elderly woman who died after she was left without care in her own home for nine days must have been in "agony", a friend said today.

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, left, makes a point to his players

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Outstanding 'sin bin' school for troubled teenagers becomes pioneering academy

Headteacher will now be allowed to take greater control of policy on pupil admissions

£300,000 arch artwork to be demolished

A piece of public art which cost more than £300,000 to build five years ago is to be demolished.

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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