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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

They study found that when travel time from home to hospital is more than 20 minutes, there is an increased risk of the baby dying or suffering a long-term condition

Home births could be as dangerous as 'driving without putting your child's seatbelt on'

Though most home births are safe, the risk of long-term disability has not been “adequately addressed”, scientists say

You're Mine Now, By Hans Koppel, translated by Kari Dickso, book review: Tension abounds in this grim instalment of Nordic noir

The novelist Ann Cleeves may be a keen aficionado of Nordic noir, but she recently expressed qualms over the endemic levels of sexual violence in the genre. Had she just read Hans Koppel? His last book, She's Never Coming Back, made the most excoriating work in the genre look as cosy as an episode of Call the Midwife.

How would you feel at the thought of going round to a problem family's home and telling them: 'You're bad parents?'

I think - were I a social worker or headteacher - I would feel queasy at the thought of going round to a problem family’s home and telling them bluntly: “You’re bad parents.”

George Stinney, the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944

George Stinney: After 70 years, justice in sight for boy America sent to electric chair

George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name

Hacking trial: Dawn raid on Rebekah Brooks’ baby’s cot ‘necessary’

A senior police officer in the hacking inquiry has defended a dawn raid on Rebekah Brooks’s home in search of “hidden” evidence.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

Teachers and social workers should feel able to call people 'bad parents', says chief schools inspector

Heads and social workers should not baulk at telling some people they are “bad parents”, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said yesterday.

10 best strollers

There are so many options for transporting your little one. For any parents wanting to get out and about (and even on hols) without too much gear, we’ve got strollers covered

24: Live Another Day films in London in impossibly London-esque London setting

24 wants you to know London is London

The offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London

Guardian website blocked in China after it ran a story on the wealth of its rulers' families

China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

Mother 'proud' of Tyler Doohan, 8, who saved six people from a house fire but died after trying to save a seventh

Tyler Doohan went back inside the bedroom of a burning trailer to try and save his disabled grandfather

British expat banker Anton Casey causes uproar in Singapore after mocking 'poor people' calling a taxi driver a 'retard'

Porsche-driving Anton Casey has received death threats after his offensive comments went viral

'Not on': Nick Clegg was angered that his wife Miriam was pulled into the Rennard story

Lib Dem sexual harassment row: Nick Clegg rejects claims his wife Miriam was behind his strong line on Lord Rennard

Nick Clegg has angrily denied "garbage" newspaper reports that his wife influenced his reaction to the Lord Rennard affair which still threatens to embroil his party.

The boomerang generation: A lack of affordable housing is putting huge strain on young lives

For the first time in years, housing is a top five issue for voters

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visiting a nursery in London last year

Improve nursery provisions before expanding free places, government warned

Ministers have been urged to delay expanding their plan to provide free nursery provision for two-year-olds until existing provision is brought up to scratch.

Farage farrago: He suggested women taking time off to have children made them ‘worth less’ to City firms

Nigel Farage: what's really happening in the City?

The Ukip leader's views about working women are hopelessly out of date, says Margareta Pagano.

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