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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.

Not seeing the wood for the trees: Fred Goodwin obsessed over RBS's new Scottish HQ

Fiddling while RBS burned – new book reveals Fred the Shred Goodwin’s fatal obsessions

Fred Goodwin was a corporate ‘psychopath’ who worried about minutiae as his bank lost control, a new book claims

Harriet Walker: 'I log on to Facebook and see nothing but new houses, weddings, dogs and babies'

I had an existential crisis last week. I know I did, because my infinitely patient boyfriend pointed out that that was the problem.

The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

Scandal-hit Stafford health trust to be prosecuted over death of diabetic patient who was not given insulin

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was subject to major inquiry that reported catastrophic care failings between 2005 and 2009

Google’s ‘20 per cent time off’ policy falls victim to work

Staff can only pursue their own ideas on top of their punishing formal schedules

There's a reason women get smaller bonuses - and the same goes for men who raise children

By taking time away from work and working reduced hours, you are likely to return to less remunerative roles. This is an observation, not a judgement.

John Lewis staff react as bonuses of 17 per cent are announced

Drive profits by giving workers a cut, businesses told

Schemes, such as the one implemented by John Lewis, can also increase the bottom line, says IPPR study

Samsung’s factory in Campinas, where staff work to precise rules

Samsung faces £70m damages claim over conditions

Samsung, the electronics giant, has been accused of “serious” labour violations at a huge factory in the Amazon rainforest and is facing a claim for £70m in damages.

Applying without the back-up of teachers and careers advisers, Jo Ayre used the Clearing system to return to education

Clearing case study: Older students can benefit too

Clearing can also benefit late starters, says Amy McLellan

Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave.

Sacked woman ordered to show her Facebook pages to prove she didn't misuse sick leave

Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave

Peers who have been jailed or who fail to attend Parliament for long periods will be expelled from the House of Lords

Peers who are jailed or who don’t show up will be expelled from Lords

Liberal Democrat ministers also want to give life peers, who are eligible to sit in the Lords until they die, the opportunity to retire

Paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd

Eddie Kidd's wife jailed for five months for assaulting the paralysed motorbike stuntman

Samantha Kidd pleaded guilty to four counts of assault

More than 4,000 people a year die of work-related chronic bronchitis and emphysema

'Compensation culture is a myth': Claims for work-related injuries and diseases fall 60 per cent in a decade

The “spiralling” compensation culture presented by the Government is a myth, according to a report which shows work injury claims are down 60 per cent in the last decade.

MI5 has offered a new, partial glimpse of what recruitment looks like when your business is state secrecy

MI5 recruitment: Wanted... the man with the golden (staple) gun

It’s ’elf ’n’ safety gone, well,  a bit 007. MI5 has offered a new, partial glimpse of what recruitment looks like when your business is state secrecy. A job ad on its website seeks a new head of health and safety. The salary: £60,000. But don’t expect to learn much else.

No Ball Games: Removing Banksy’s work from the street defeats the point

The nature of murals and wall sculptures ordinarily meant that the work of art was forever tied to its original location

The wind blows Pope Francis's mantle as he speaks at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Windswept Pope gives sermon to pilgrims at Copacabana beach

It seems even His Holiness is not safe from a wardrobe malfunction, as his mantle blew right over his face in the middle of his speech in Copacabana beach.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...