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'We were exotic strangers competing for notches on the bedpost'

UK schools have 20,000 unqualified teachers

Numbers have risen seven-fold since Labour came to power

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Joan Smith: Victim of a class-war crime

Gang rape is used by soldiers as a bonding exercise. And that's why rootless teenagers nearer home do it

Three arrested over Shaquille murder

Two more people have been arrested over the murder of Shaquille Smith in London on Saturday, Scotland Yard said today.

Stabbed teenager 'a victim of gang feud', says friend

The mother of a teenager who was stabbed in an apparent gang feud spoke yesterday of how she found him bleeding to death from a single stab wound to his stomach outside their house.

Two more teenagers die in epidemic of knife attacks

A 14-year-old boy died in hospital yesterday after being stabbed during a fight in east London the previous evening. He was the 25th teenager to be murdered in the capital this year, and the 20th victim of a knife attack.

Cherie: I worry when my children are on the streets

Cherie Blair said today she feared for her children when they go out in the street - warning that knife and gun crime among teenagers was more common than official figures suggest.

Leeds United 1 Carlisle United 2: Graham deflects attention as Leeds sound bum note

Dougie Freedman threw Leeds a promotion lifeline deep into stoppage-time after Carlisle had stolen a two-goal advantage in the first leg of their Coca-Cola League One play-off semi-final.

Anna Bolena, English Touring Opera <br />Susannah, English Touring Opera<br />Don Giovanni, English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire, London

A spurned bride, a sexually harassed girl and 1003 former lovers join opera's roll call of beleaguered females

Susannah, Hackney Empire, London

It took 44 years for America's most performed opera to reach the New York Met, so what's another decade (or best part of) to make it to Hackney, Sheffield, Truro and all the other UK cities that English Touring Opera will introduce to Carlisle Floyd's Susannah?

Don Giovanni, Hackney Empire, London

As presented by theatre director Jonathan Munby, ETO's Don Giovanni was a very uneven affair, whose saving graces were Julia Sporsen's gorgeously sung Donna Anna, Ilona Domnich's subtle Zerlina, and the music under Michael Rosewell's assured baton.

Anna Bolena/Hackney Empire, London

English Touring Opera really are getting their act together, with two other new productions in addition to Donizetti's seldom-seen Anna Bolena. And, as ETO director James Conway observes, it can't hurt their box-office that the English queen famously beheaded with a sword is currently getting so much attention.

Cherie Booth is barred from acting in Malaysian dispute

Malaysia's High Court has barred Cherie Booth from representing a company embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit which questions government transparency.

Is it a bad 'Omen'? Damien's devilish return on 6/6/6

The original chronicled the life and devilish intentions of Satan's offspring and gained an instant cult status when it hit cinemas in 1976. Now, thirty years later, Damien is back.

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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