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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Video: Students 'punched and dragged to the ground by their hair' as police break up demonstration

Warning, strong language: Five arrested as occupation at the University of London headquarters ends in violence

'Unacceptable' that only half of NHS staff took routine flu vaccination

NHS staff who do not take a routine flu vaccine this winter are putting frail patients' lives at risk, a leading doctor has warned.

Gravesend man hangs himself after sickness benefits were cut

Victor Cuff had been drinking heavily before his death, inquest heard

A Brazilian wandering spider

Arachnophobia app tackles spider phobia

Reduced to a trembling wreck by the mere sight of a spider? Never fear - a new app believes it can help

Amazon is to take on 15,000 extra staff for the Christmas period

Amazon workers have 'increased risk of mental and physical illness' expert claims

A leading stress expert has alleged working conditions in one of the company’s warehouses combines 'all the bad stuff at once'

Helping hands: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Liz McColgan (right) now coaches her 22-year-old daughter Eilish, a promising steeplechaser

Liz McColgan ‘amazed’ by emotional Commonwealth Game snub

Long-distance legend tells Richard Rae she will have no role in Glasgow

Review: Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir from the London Review of Books

Trauma, illness and grim remembrance comprise this memoir collection – and that’s not to mention the genital warts

Is exercise a waste of time? Don't let the headlines run away with you

Teenagers, essentially, need to move around a lot

Rivers Pound has to pay an additional £120 for his 'spare' bedroom

'Bedroom tax' reaction: Council under pressure to review case of Stephen Pound's brother

Kidney-failure suffer Rivers Pound uses his second bedroom to store his dialysis machine

Grieving relatives and crime victims are among millions of people forced to pay premium rates to ring government helplines, a parliamentary committee reported

Cheating students 'more likely to want a job in Government'

It’s what anti-establishment campaigners have long suspected: the Government is a magnet for corruption.

Paranoid schizophrenic Lloyd Drew at home with his father, Ray

The schizophrenia stereotype scares the sufferer too

David Nath explains why he hopes his ‘Bedlam’ TV series will help change ingrained attitudes to psychotic illness

Malicious software hijacks your phone’s microphone and camera to record your PIN

New software could threaten the security of mobile banking

Images of the M5 crash taken by survivor Rob Emony

Trial against firework display organiser accused over M5 deaths delayed

Crash in November 2011 involved 34 vehicles

Album review: MIA, Matangi (XL)

MIA has, to state the obvious, cultivated a divisive reputation, and that’s not going to wither with a new album including a track called “aTENTion”. And yet Matangi reveals, more explicitly than ever, her terrible secret: that she’s also a quite brilliant pop star to boot.

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