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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Fellaini levels to keep Fortress Goodison intact

It was another draw away from home but, in contrast to Saturday's rainswept stalemate at Villa Park, Arsenal's travelling supporters did not ask if their manager knew what he was doing.

Union Chapel gigs under threat from housing development plans

A working church in Islington has become an important live music venue, playing host to stars from Elton John to Noel Gallagher. But gigs at the Union Chapel are under threat from a housing development.

Ian Holloway

Blackpool give Crystal Palace permission to speak to Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace have been given permission by Blackpool to talk to Ian Holloway and he is set to become the club's new manager over the weekend.

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway set for talks with Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway was expected to hold talks with Crystal Palace today with the club confident they could secure permission from Blackpool to speak to their manager.

EDL protesters clash with police at a demonstration in Bristol last month

Minister agrees to ban on London EDL marches

A series of marches by a right-wing group has been banned amid fears of violence on the streets.

Cold shoulder on X Factor meal menu

Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh kept a frosty wall of silence between them as they attended a dinner with X Factor executives last night.

Victory in the great schools battle

Two schools, one neighbourhood, and a bitter smug-struggle between parents

Tom Ince's (right) speed and skill has worried Championship defences

Manchester United 'transfer target' Tom Ince touted for England

Ian Holloway has compared Blackpool's wing-wizard Tom Ince to Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, suggesting the 20-year-old is good enough for England.

Coalition, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Every politician needs a soundbite. For Matt Cooper MP, it’s “This party will not be broken on my watch”. Unfortunately for him, the party in question is the Liberal Democrats and it's breaking up faster than a matchstick raft on a waterfall.

Stirring satire with a liberal dose of laughter

Every politician needs a soundbite. For Matt Cooper MP, it's "this party will not be broken on my watch". Unfortunately for him, the party in question is the Liberal Democrats and it is breaking up faster than a matchstick raft on a waterfall.

The Pierces, Union Chapel, London

What is it about siblings singing together? Sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce follow in a tradition that includes The Proclaimers, The Everly Brothers and The Unthanks, as singers whose voices blend together with apparent ease thanks (probably) to genetic closeness.

Kathy Burke: 'I'm sick of dramas about crime and murder which always make young actresses take their clothes off'

Kathy comes home

Kathy Burke has written a sitcom about her childhood, but most shows about young women make her puke, she tells James Rampton

63 sex cases under review as specialist Met detective arrested for perverting the course of justice

A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice following allegations over inaccuracies in crime reports.

High Court supports Islington council's bid to end Finsbury Square occupation

The High Court has backed a council's move to end the seven-month occupation of a square in London.

Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues, By James Fearnley

The beat of the Irish diaspora, via King's Cross

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there