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Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Search goes on after three bodies are found 150 yards apart in East Cleveland

A police search is continuing after three bodies, believed to be female, were found wrapped in plastic bags about 150 yards apart in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Four homeless men found after being held captive in Texas 'dungeon'

Men were found living in 'deplorable conditions' in Houston garage

Album review: Rainer and Das Combo, Barefoot Rock with... Rainer and Das Combo (Fire)

Though his life was cut tragically short before he could reap the rewards of his pioneering work, Rainer Ptacek embodied all that was/is best about the Americana movement. Gently dedicated to his chosen instrument – the resophonic steel guitar – he drew from its history without being bound by it.

The book focuses on how to create an individual and stylish interiors, like this kitchen, without spending a fortune

iStyle: Chic on the cheap

A new design bible promises stylish interiors on a shoestring budget. Trish Lorenz takes a sneak peak

Relative danger: Michael Dunlop follows in the dangerous tyre tracks of his father and uncle on the Isle of Man

The Last Word: The Isle of Man TT, Robert Dunlop's death, and a race that defies the nanny state

Contact with a wall, a telegraph pole or a traffic sign is usually fatal

Artist Graham Ovenden, 70, arriving at Plymouth Crown Court where he received 12 months' imprisonment suspended for two years after he was found guilty of a string of sex charges.

Artist Graham Ovenden avoids jail for child sex offences

An internationally renowned artist from Cornwall who was found guilty of a string of sex charges against children has avoided prison.

Anthony Hilton: Gilbert deserves credit, not brickbats

Mr Gilbert... stuck with the group and has got it back on an even keel

Mark E Smith from The Fall

Music review: The Fall, Clapham Grand, London

“We are The Fall,” Mark E. Smith intones during the opening “Victrola Time”. “Do not think you’re going to get anything else.”

Mark Bridger is on trial accused of the murder of schoolgirl April Jones

Mark Bridger 'was emotional wreck' when arrested over April Jones

Court hears he told police he 'crushed' April with his 4x4 and 'there was no life in her, no pulse, no breathing, no response in her eyes'

Cleveland kidnapping: The missing women

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Mechanics find body in NHS mortuary van

A staff member has been suspended after a body was discovered in an NHS mortuary van that had been taken to a garage for repairs.

Sebastian Vettel signs autographs in China

Sebastian Vettel risks all-out war with Mark Webber at Red Bull

World champion unapologetic after ignoring team orders at previous Grand Prix

Artist Graham Ovenden, 70, of north Cornwall, arriving for trial at Truro Crown Court

Tate removes more than 30 Graham Ovenden works from collection after child sex conviction

The Tate has removed more than 30 prints by the artist Graham Ovenden from its online collection and will not show any of his works at its galleries following his conviction for a string of child sex offences.

Suing for tripping on a kerb: Surely police officers know what they’re getting into when they sign up?

A police officer is suing a garage owner for an injury sustained while checking the premises on a 999 call

The removal men are sizing me up for a box

I'm still moving house. I now can't remember when or why I started moving house. All I know is that everything, everywhere, must be moved. I was in the village pub last night for yet another farewell drink (on my own) and I automatically started piling chairs on tables and lugging them outside until the landlord asked me to stop. I have become a cubist. I live in a world of boxes, and often feel the need to open one of them and crawl inside, shut it and hope that everything is finished when I get out. It never is.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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