News Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

England omission won't affect Carroll says Hughton

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is backing Andy Carroll to bounce back from his England omission.

Pre-conference voting boost for Labour

Tories and Liberal Democrats swapped seats with each other in the latest council by-elections but the vote share surge was to Labour on the eve of its conference and the declaration of a new leader.

Six arrested for 'burning Koran'

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after footage appeared on the internet apparently showing Korans being burnt.

Foster father for a race against time

The Great North Run turns 30 next weekend but its founder is far from complacent

Errors & Omissions: The battle against 'iconic' continues, as does the defence of Gateshead

Evidently, this column needs to reopen its campaign against the empty vogue-word "iconic". Here is the opening sentence of an article about large-scale works of public art, published on Wednesday: "It started with The Angel of the North, Antony Gormley's iconic steel sculpture which looms over the A1 and put Gateshead on the map for the right reason."

IPCC 'not even close' to conclusion on Moat death

The police watchdog said today it was "not even close" to establishing the timeline of events surrounding the death of gunman Raoul Moat after a report suggested he was Tasered after he shot himself.

Three held over stabbing attack on van driver

Three men are being held over the attempted murder of a van driver who was stabbed as he confronted thieves, police said.

Can public art really revive the most dismal place in Scotland?

The reviled new town of Cumbernauld pins hopes on giant sculpture costing £250,000

Carroll coy on national talk

After cementing his new-found status as pin-up boy for the Geordie nation, Andy Carroll insists he's ready to bide his time when it comes to gaining country-wide approval for his goal-scoring exploits.

Katy Guest: As you won't go north, Mr Salmon, bags I your chips

When I was asked to write about the top 10 reasons why the North is just as good as the South, my first reaction was "as good?" and my second was "only 10?" Londoners will have you believe the world ends at Cricklewood, in Lincolnshire there be dragons, and that north of Watford it's all the bleedin' same, innit? Northerners will say, "The best thing about the North? Well, just everything, really."

Home Swede home: A new 'village' on the 2012 Olympics site is to be designed by Ikea

Brand overload, asks Oliver Bennett, or a brilliant place to live?

Cornelia Parker, Baltic, Gateshead

So many things seem airily suspended as you plunge down the steep, twisty streets to the banks of the River Tyne. The Tyne Bridge hangs so high in the air, almost shaving off the rooftops; seagulls wheel above your head, ear-gratingly raucous as a knife blade scraped against a sink. And, over at the old Baltic flour mill on the Gateshead side of the river, the centrepiece of Cornelia Parker's mini-retrospective consists of objects in suspension too. This is not unusual for Parker though. She has often suspended objects in the air. It is almost a trademark sculptural gesture on her part, to draw our attention to the perpetual lightness of things; to transform the nature of what she is inviting us to examine by robbing things of their groundedness, their solidity, their familiar contexts.

Raoul Moat 'accomplices' remanded on conspiracy to murder charges

Two alleged accomplices of gunman Raoul Moat will face trial next year accused of conspiracy to murder, a court heard today.

Moments leading up to Moat death 'unclear'

Gunman Raoul Moat's final moments remain a mystery, an inquest heard today.

Raoul Moat police arrest three men

Three men were arrested today for allegedly assisting an offender during the search for gunman Raoul Moat.

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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