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Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

Scottish artist's rubbish bin wins the Turner Prize

Modern art is often derided as a load of rubbish, but yesterday a Scot turned the cliche on its head, winning the top prize for contemporary art in Britain for a series of installations that include a rubbish bin.

The work of Martin Boyce was praised by the Turner judges for ‘opening a new sense of poetry’

Great Scots! For the third year running, Turner Prize is installed north of the border

Martin Boyce wins prestigious award for his 'art noir'

Lover who snapped spared jail

A woman who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a row has been spared jail.

Woman spared jail over scrotum bite

A woman who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a drunken row was spared jail today.

Pensioner 'killed by head trauma'

A pensioner whose remains were found in his back garden died from "blunt force trauma to the head", police said today.

Human remains found in pensioner's garden

Police investigating the disappearance of an 85-year-old man have found human remains in the pensioner's back garden.

Natalie Haynes: 2012! 2012! 2012! There, I've said it

The thing is...

Swansea get Graham for club-record £3.5m

Swansea City are signing Watford striker Danny Graham for a club record £3.5m fee. The 25-year-old Graham was the top scorer in the Championship last year with 24 goals and has agreed a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.

Gateshead to host 2013 European Team Championships

The north-east town saw off Braunschweig, Bydgoszcz and Ostrava to host European athletics' flagship team event for the first time after staging its predecessor, the SPAR European Cup, in 1989 and 2000.

Village kills opposition in neighbourhood awards

Lower Slaughter may not sound like a destination for lovers, but a road in the village has been voted Britain's most romantic street.

Hull City owner's £1m gift to Rovers

The wealthy Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam has put more than £1m into improving Hull Kingston Rovers.

Dragons ride their luck to scrape into Cup fifth round

Leigh 16 Catalan Dragons 22

Salford to step up hunt for new coach after McRae exit

Salford will intensify their hunt for a new coach, following confirmation that Shaun McRae will not be returning to the job. McRae has been on sick leave with a stress-related illness for the last two months.

Turning the tide: How to rescue a seaside resort

Simon Tait meets the architect with big plans to revive the fortunes of Margate
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003