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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Steve Batchelor celebrates Great Britain's win over West Germany

David Faulkner: 'When Sherwani scored... I knew I had my Olympic gold'

In our series celebrating Great Britain's feats, David Faulkner, who set up the third goal, remembers triumph over the West Germans

From left to right: Daraine Mulvihill: The runner got meningitis at 16 and had a double below-the-knee amputation. She will host the breakfast show; Liam Holt: Coach/captain of the Cardiff Celts wheelchair basketball team, he lost use of his legs due to a neuroblastoma on
his spine as a baby; Martin Dougan: A Glaswegian, born with cerebral palsy, reported on the Paralympic World Cup and wheelchair rugby world cup in Cardiff; Rachel Latham: A world record holding swimmer, competed despite a career-ending injury in Beijing in 2008. Has limited use of her left arm; Arthur Williams: A ferocious wheelchair racer and former marine, paralysed from the 'belly button down' after a car accident in 2007; Alex Brooker: A sports journalist with the Press Association. Has a hand and arm
deformity and a prosthesis below his right knee

Ready and able: Novice presenters who'll train their expert eyes on the Games

Channel 4 unveils team for Paralympics who all have experience of living with disability

Crewe’s Byron Moore (left) celebrates with A J Leitch-Smith

Powell's parting gift takes Crewe to promotion

Cheltenham Town 0 Crewe Alexandra 2

Master and God, By Lindsey Davis

For the background to this novel, Lindsey Davis picks up on Suetonius's biography of the Roman emperor Domitian, as well as more recent histories. Suetonius's dramatic account of Domitian is perhaps now unfashionable, but his spindly-legged madman stabbing flies with a pen is far more fun than the rather swotty legislator of modern scholarship.

Yellow Pages and Yell.com owner in rebrand plan

The owner of directory services Yellow Pages and Yell.com today outlined plans to rebrand itself "hibu" as it swung to a £1.4 billion annual loss.

Trending: Warning! Emo hair can (er, might) damage your health

Is your teenager suffering from Emo Fringe? Now you may have a medical reason for forbidding the dreadful 'do, rather than just an aesthetic one. Andrew Hogan, a Tasmanian optometrist, suggests in an interview with the Hobart-based newspaper The Mercury that "if a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won't see a lot of detail ... and if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyopic". Amblyopia is also known as "lazy eye" syndrome.

Miserable now? Struggling to see through that trendy fringe could leave you with a lazy eye

Fashion victim: Warning - fads can damage your health

So, that emo fringe could be effecting your eyesight, but it's hardly the first style fad to leave behind a trail of harm

Angela Knight to head trade body Energy UK

Angela Knight, the head of the British Bankers' Association, is to join a new trade association for the UK energy sector when she steps down from the BBA at the end of July after five "hairy" years.

Cheap tricks: as shoppers, we are less influenced by price than we think we are. Habit is a more powerful influence

Supermarkets join food experts in new bid to tackle UK obesity

New food labels could be set to hit the shelves as part of the fight against obesity. Supermarkets and nutrition experts will take part in a 12-week Government consultation launched today to devise a single system of displaying salt, fat, sugar and calories.

Rebecca Armstrong: Don't splash out on your festival SheWee just yet

Tent poles: essential structural component to a night under canvas or increasingly an irrelevance? On the rare occasions that I thought about them, I assumed tent poles were a boring but vital part of the camping experience. But I've recently learnt that, thanks to the Vango AirBeam range of inflatable tents, poles are over. So if you don't want to look hopelessly unfashionable at a festival this summer, the only way is blow up.

Elemental Herbology Perfect Clarity Blemish Minimiser, £24, asos.com

How To Be Beautiful: Blemish treatments

One unexpected benefit of passing from teenage years into adulthood is that, if you're lucky, 10 per cent of your brain is no longer wasted on the daily monitoring of spots. The period of grace before that same 10 per cent is diverted to wrinkle-watch may be woefully brief, but since lines progress imperceptibly, it's impossible to maintain a vigil of the same intensity.

Mother charged with murder of her baby son and daughter

A woman was remanded in custody yesterday charged with the double murder of her two young children.

Vidal Sassoon, the man who invented modern hairdressing, dies aged 84

The stylist opened his first salon in London in 1954 and helped shape the look of the Swinging Sixties

Beautiful way to revive the economy

Gloom sweeps Europe, unemployment keeps rising and pay rises are a distant memory. But hope for the economy arrives today in an unlikely, though beautifully coiffured, shape: hairdressers.

Hairdressers make short work of recession

Gloom sweeps Europe, unemployment keeps rising and pay rises are a distant memory. But hope for the economy arrives today in an unlikely, though beautifully coiffured, shape: hairdressers.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there