Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Tom Huddlestone has been out since August

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone undergoing medical at Stoke

Stoke are lining up a deal to take Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone to the Britannia Stadium.

The Olympic opening ceremony celebrated the NHS

Labour tried and failed to make NHS a global brand

Labour was last night facing charges of hypocrisy after criticising Government plans to export the NHS "brand" around the world and make money for hospitals back in the UK.

Cancer drug Avastin does not offer value for money, says Nice

A drug will not be made routinely available on the NHS for women with breast cancer from today after a watchdog ruled that it does not help improve patients' quality of life or provide value for money.

Portugal drowning victims named as Lara Lewis and Brian O'Dwyer

A five-year-old girl and her grandfather who drowned off a Portuguese beach after they were swept into the sea were described today as part of a happy and loving family.

Girl, 5, and grandfather drown in Portugal

A five-year-old British girl and her grandfather drowned on a Portuguese beach yesterday, despite rescue workers reportedly spending almost an hour trying to resuscitate the child.

The Olympic opening ceremony celebrated the NHS

Opposition to taking NHS brand abroad is 'a new low for Labour'

Government hits back at claims its plans are 'rampant commercialisation'

Dr Freddy Patel concluded that Mr Tomlinson died from a heart attack

G20 pathologist 'not fit to practise'

The pathologist who performed the initial post-mortem examination on Ian Tomlinson, who died during the 2009 G20 protests, acted with "deficient professional performance" that impaired his fitness to practise, a tribunal has concluded.

Mine owners lift threat to sack strikers as South Africa mourns

As well as the 34 strikers shot dead by police, 78 were badly wounded and more than 250 were arrested
Michael Dawson: The former Spurs captain is out of favour with new coach Andre Villas-Boas

QPR make formal offer for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson

QPR have made a formal offer for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, Press Association Sport understands.

Family fighting for right to keep father alive are told that signs he recognised them were simply reflex movements

A family pleading for the right to keep a father in a persistent vegetative state alive were today told that what they believed were signs he recognised them were simply reflex movements.

Servicemen killed in Afghanistan repatriated

The families of three British servicemen killed in Afghanistan stood together in their grief today as they watched their loved ones' bodies repatriated to the UK.

Drunks to be filmed by clinic in hope to crack down on binge drinking

Drunken party-goers who stumble into health clinics after a night out could be shown footage of themselves in a bid to crack down on binge drinking.

12,000 NHS jobs left unfilled

More than 12,000 NHS job posts have not been filled after people have retired, quit or moved on to other organisations, figures suggest.

The pathologist Dr Freddy Patel, who acted with 'deficient professional performance' over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded

Pathologist criticised for 'deficient' performance in Ian Tomlinson case

Dr Freddy Patel acted with "deficient professional performance" over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded.

Only third of massacre-hit mine Lonmin's workforce report for duty as bosses back down from sacking threats

The South African mine that saw 34 of its workers shot by police suffered further disruption today after only one in five wildcat strikers reported for duty.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness