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

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Stoke close to sealing Maurice Edu deal

Stoke are close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after being given permission to finalise his work permit application.

Paul Ryan blasts Barack Obama as he accepts vice president nomination

Paul Ryan yesterday accepted the nomination to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, accusing President Obama of doing nothing to tackle America’s crisis, and promising a Republican administration would slash federal spending and generate 12m new jobs.

Team GB make their way into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony

Alex Brooker: Don't get hung up about being PC. They're tough, this is real sport – enjoy it

People should not walk on eggshells around the disabled.

Lucas sustained an injury against Manchester City

Liverpool hopes high for speedy return of Lucas

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has backed his midfielder Lucas to make a speedy recovery from his latest injury setback.

Hundreds protest against Paralympics sponsor Atos as anger about its role in slashing benefits bill intensifies

Hundreds of disabled people stepped up protests against the Paralympics sponsor Atos today as anger about the company's role in slashing the benefits bill intensifies.

Boy died after school rugby match collapse in Northern Ireland

A schoolboy rugby player died on the final whistle just minutes after he was seen holding his head following an earlier challenge, an inquest in Northern Ireland has heard.

Divers set to join search for body of man missing in Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy Ewen Beaton

Police divers are set to join the hunt for a man missing after a canoeing tragedy that claimed the lives of his two young sons and a five-year-old girl.

20,000 NHS staff sign petition in protest over pay threat

NHS staff opposed to the introduction of regional pay and conditions have taken their campaign to the streets to garner further public support.

Carer jailed after being caught on camera hitting and abusing a vulnerable 89-year-old woman

A care assistant was jailed today after she was caught on a hidden camera hitting and abusing a vulnerable 89-year-old woman in her care.

Methadone-related deaths soar

The number of methadone-related deaths of men in England and Wales rose by more than a third last year to its highest rate since 1997, figures showed today.

NHS receives 3,000 patient complaints a week

Patients lodged 3,000 complaints about their experience of the NHS every week in the past year, figures suggest.

London Welsh will not take action against Deacon Manu after Gavin Henson fractures cheekbone

London Welsh today confirmed they would not pursue any further action against Deacon Manu over Gavin Henson's fractured cheekbone.

Father of Sabah and Rayhan Saleem hails 'miracle' as they recover from hit-and-run accident

The father of two young children who were mowed down by a hit-and-run driver has said it is “a miracle” that his son has been discharged from hospital.

Encore! The indomitable half-Belgian singer Johnny Hallyday shows no signs of slowing down despite a near-death experience in California a year ago

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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