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Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

Drugs ban for javelin man Ian Burns

A javelin thrower and coach has been banned from all competition for four years for possessing numerous banned substances discovered after a raid by police.

Jewish men walk along the street in the Stamford Hill area of north London

Census data shows rise in people calling themselves Jewish

After decades in which the number of Anglo-Jews was perceived to be in decline, the latest census figures shows a modest rise in those describing themselves as Jewish.

Drinks supplier WaverleyTBS collapses into administration

Around 830 jobs are under threat after one of the UK's biggest drinks suppliers collapsed into administration.

200 jobs axed as recruitment firm Spectrum Social Network Ltd folds

Around 200 people have lost their jobs after a recruitment firm went into liquidation.

Double delight for lottery couple

A couple won almost £100,000 on the lottery twice over, after accidentally buying two tickets, Camelot has revealed.

French Connection puts 14 shops up for sale

The beleaguered fashion chain French Connection has put up the "for sale" sign outside 14 of its UK shops in large shopping centres across the UK.

BEN JONES BISHOP: Scored a try to help Leeds reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Jones-Bishop and Lunt save Leeds after Salford give them the fear

Last season's beaten finalists Leeds were given a fright by Salford before booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. The world champions were held 6-6 at the break but scraped through 16-10 thanks to tries from Ben Jones-Bishop and Shaun Lunt in the second half.

Letters: The state must not have power to snoop at will

Liberal Democrats have a proud history of defending civil liberties, both in opposition and more recently in a Coalition Government. We successfully opposed the Labour government's undermining of data privacy in 2009 and since taking office in 2010 we have turned back the tide of Labour's erosion of these liberties. So far we have destroyed the ID cards database, halted the indefinite retention of innocent peoples' DNA, turned off the ContactPoint database, stopped the mass fingerprinting of children without permission from their parents and ended child detention for immigration purposes.

Sound idea: The CoMusica project at The Sage

Striking a chord: The Sage's education projects are testament to the transformative power of music

The Government has promised to give all pupils access to music.

St Asaph's high street

St Asaph: The proud little town that became a city for just £300

For years, St Asaph thought it was a city, but was not. Now, for 10p a head, it's a big shot after all

Urban legend: the Barbican Centre

What will arts centres of the future look like?

As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change and be at the centre of communities, says Nicholas Kenyon

Urban legend: the Barbican Centre

What will the arts centre of the future look like?

As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change, says Nicholas Kenyon

Attacks from inside party force Clegg to retreat on tycoon tax

Deputy PM waters down plans to make the rich pay their share after senior figures' angry reaction

Hatched roof: One of Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Stations

A design for living from the Mojave Desert

Andrea Zittel's bizarre exhibition is not as surreal as her life, finds Hannah Duguid

Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal (on loan at Sunderland)
The Danish centre forward hasn’t made a big impact on loan at Sunderland, although it remains to be seen how he fits into new manager Martin O’Neill’s plans. However, high wage demands and less than consistent form could make it difficult for Bendtner to find a club that will take a gamble on him.

Nicklas Bendtner arrested after hotel brawl

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner was arrested following an early morning brawl at a hotel, it emerged today.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

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

Meet the 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