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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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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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