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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Anthony Hilton: Don’t railroad the ‘nimbies’ – reward them properly for their sacrifice

You might have seen Richard Threlfall on television the other day when he was testifying before a Commons Select Committee on HS2, the proposed fast rail link from London to the North.

Huge waves pound Eyemouth harbour in Scotland during the storm surge

UK extreme weather: Government in perfect storm over climate change gaffe as floods render homes uninsurable

Ministers accused of hugely underestimating number of households rendered uninsurable by repeated flooding

George Osborne visits a JCB factory in Staffordshire. Critics say he has got his sums wrong

George Osborne university plan is ‘nonsense’, says respected think-tank

Selling off loan book to fund more student places is not viable option, warns think-tank

Number of people over the age of 85 in England and Wales up by 25%

The number of the nation's “oldest old” has increased by nearly a quarter in the last decade, figures show.

House prices rising at fastest pace in six years, says Halifax

Prices rose by 1.1 per cent month on month to reach £174,910 on average

Property: House prices forecast to rise 10 per cent

House prices will be 10 per cent higher in five years’ time than previously expected, the official forecaster said yesterday, in a prediction likely to stoke concerns that the Government’s mortgage market subsidies risk creating a destabilising house price bubble.

Autumn statement 2013: Chancellor reaffirms commitment to shale gas industry

The chancellor has promised “thousands of jobs, billions of pounds of investment and lower energy bills” today as he announced plans to boost Britain's fledgling shale gas industry by cutting in half taxes on fracking.

Before downgrading to decapitating bats, the Black Sabbath lead singer and solo artist worked at a slaughterhouse. Since then the 65-year-old Prince of Darkness has become a vegetarian, not because he's a champion for animal rights but because his digestion is a little iffy these days.

So the Pope was a bouncer...5 other celebrities with surprising job history

When the Vatican and a nightclub appear in the same story, one could be forgiven for assuming it would involve a sermon on promiscuity and excess. Instead, the Pope made headlines for revealing his stint as a bouncer in Buenos Ares when he was a student. Just imagine his chest puffed out in a huge black coat: 'Can I see your ID, mate?' 'Of course, your holiness'.

Irish unemployment falls to lowest level since 2009

The number of people signing on last month fell to just over 390,000.

What even is affordable housing?

The definition of this vanishing resource slips all over the place

David Cameron is currently on a three day trip to China

No tax cuts until end of decade says Prime Minister with married couples set to benefit further

Prime Minister said austerity measures will remain in place past 2018 but would like to “extend” tax breaks for married couples when possible

Mobile phone users will no longer be liable for huge bills if their handsets are stolen and they fail to report the loss promptly

Government aims to tackle 'cost of living crisis': New deal struck with mobile phone operators follows energy companies' promise to cut bills

Culture Secretary says ministers are 'ensuring hardworking families are not hit with shock bills through no fault of their own'

David Cameron has resisted pressure to review winter fuel allowances, free bus passes and TV licences as he promised to keep them during the 2010 election campaign

The real cost of the economic downturn to Britain's 'squeezed middle' revealed

The average income of a household has fallen from £37,900 to £32,600 ONS figures show

Big Six to cut energy prices after green levy shake-up

Households are to be spared the full force of recent bill hikes after power firms pledged to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of energy levies.

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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