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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.

Transgender primary school teacher who 'took own life' had sought protection from media hounding before her death

Suicide provokes ethics row as emails show how Lucy Meadows had to dodge reporters at school

Lacey Turner at the National Television Awards in 2011

Lacey Turner: I never watched EastEnders, not even when I was in it!

Former EastEnders actress Lacey Turner has admitted she did not watch EastEnders - even when she was in it.

MPs call for specialist courts to deal with sex abuse cases

Vulnerable sexual abuse witnesses should be allowed to give evidence in new specialist courts featuring uniquely-trained judges in the wake of the Rochdale and Jimmy Savile scandals, MPs will argue today.

Artwalk: Peter Jensen, The Hepworth, Wakefield

From sculptor's studio to catwalk collection

Danish designer Peter Jensen finds his inspiration in the most unusual places. Each season he presents a muse for his collections – so far, as diverse a bunch as Jodie Foster, Cindy Sherman, disgraced ice-skater Tonya Harding and even his own Auntie Jytte. But for spring 2013 Jensen pays tribute to Barbara Hepworth, grande dame of British sculpture and friend of Picasso, Brancusi and Mondrian, in geometric circle prints and dulled navy mixed with chartreuse. Her artist's smock is reworked as a dress in simply but luxurious white georgette, while wide-brimmed hats by East London milliners Bernstock Speirs recall Möbius strips in their cutaway angles – a signature of Hepworth's work.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is congratulated by Luis Suarez during their victory over Swansea

Philippe Coutinho inspired by 'otherworldly' Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard

Liverpool's latest signing impressed by new team-mates

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott banned from rugby for life

Scott punished for role in fielding of ineligible player

Abu Dhabi bars foreign observers from court as trial of 94 'coup-plotters' begins

Defendants allege mistreatment but human rights groups are turned away

Patents: UK inventors can now box clever

Promise of a new tax break sees a 20 per cent rise in patented products. Mark Leftly reports
Robert Huth

Robert Huth 'let himself down' says Stoke City manager Tony Pulis

Huth will serve a three match ban having opted not to contest a violent conduct charge

My story: Living with OCD

When I moved away from home, to a new city, with new people I thought I was about to start one of the most exciting periods of my life. What I didn’t expect was that after four months I would be experiencing not only the high life of university but also the anxiety of OCD.

Diamonds are every urban art guerilla's best friends

Banksy's latest has been torn off the wall of a Poundland and offered for sale in Miami

Murder inquiry launched after 19-year-old man is found dead in Salford

A murder inquiry is under way after a 19-year-old man was found dead with “multiple injuries”.

Relatively low concentrations of benzodiazepines commonly found in rivers throughout Europe, including Britain, can significantly affect the behaviour of the European perch

Something fishy going on... Antidepressants contaminating rivers make perch antisocial

Drugs used to treat anxiety and depression are contaminating rivers and streams where they are building up in concentrations that can affect the behaviour of wild freshwater fish, scientists have found.

Russian coal mine blast kills 18 people, heightening concerns over country's ageing infrastructure and poor safety standards

Blast took place at a depth of about 800 metres at the Vorkutinsky mine, in the city of Vorkuta

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album