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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Ed Balls, left, and Chancellor George Osborne, right, share a lighter moment on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’. Warning Mr Osborne not to boast about the recovery, Mr Balls said he would run a budget surplus in the next parliament if Labour wins the election

800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it

David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’

Wolves in Winter, By Lisa Hilton - Paperback review

The year is 1492, the city is Toledo. Four-year-old Mura, child of an Icelandic mother and Spanish father, has an odd appearance: golden-brown skin, silver hair, green eyes.

Julian Knight: Morally speaking, IVA firms are just as bad as payday lenders

The annual Independent on Sunday brass neck award is heading the way to something called the Debt Advisory Centre. The firm, which states that it is “currently helping 70,000 clients get out of debt”, used the Government’s announcement of a cap on payday lending rates to rail against high-cost credit. It stated that the number of its clients taking out payday loans and then falling into debt difficulty has doubled in the last two years.

Lloyd Cowan (right) speaks with Toni Minichiello, coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill

Ashling O'Connor: Behind every great athlete is a great coach, but these unsung heroes seldom get the recognition – or the cash support – they deserve

Volunteer coaches provide time worth £7.9bn a year, based on the minimum wage

Our debt problems are close to an epidemic

The nation's debt problems have become an epidemic that needs solving with a national campaign to bring the issue into the open, similar to that undertaken by the Government in the 1980s with AIDS awareness.

Downing Street is on the back foot over Ed Miliband's energy price freeze policy

Tories deny seeking Big Six energy price freeze

Downing Street is on the back foot over Ed Miliband's energy price freeze policy

Switched at birth, but it took 60 years to discover mistake

Two Japanese men have been told of a life-changing error

Thames Water defends tax liability as first half profits surge

Thames Water has announced a 19 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to £132.4 million for the first half-year.

Mortgage approvals near 6-year high amid fears of a new housing bubble

Approximately 67,701 mortgages worth £10.5 billion were approved for house purchase in October

Charles Saatchi arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in London, where his former personal assistants Elisabetta 'Lisa' and Francesca Grillo, are accused of using credit cards loaned to them by the family to spend more than £685,000 on themselves

Credit cards were Nigella's idea, Charles Saatchi tells assistants' trial

He told jurors bills were paid by his company before he reimbursed it from his personal account

Ed Miliband will unveil Labour's new green paper in Manchester, with the focus on lowering energy bills

Ed Miliband outlines plan to break up Big Six gas and electricity companies and abolish energy regulator

Labour Government to impose biggest shake-up of the energy industry since it was privatised in the 1980s

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

Thousands of families reliant on food banks this Christmas

One in four people skip meals to provide enough food for their family

Britain's debt problems 'epidemic', warns think tank

One in four British households has a negative cash position

John Bercow will talk to bosses from Facebook and other internet companies

Vote online – the Speaker’s plan to revive politics

John Bercow calls on internet giants to lead digital revolution in British politics  as Commission is set to draw up blueprint for ‘Parliament 2.0’ before 2015 general election

Homebuilders under pressure after Bank of England announces plans to cool down house market

Persimmon, Britain’s largest builder by market value, plunges to the bottom of the FTSE 100 index

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

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Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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