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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Protests over drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex, earlier this year

Exclusive: US oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential fracking partner

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park

Nigel Evans resigned as deputy speaker to fight the charges

Former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans in court over sex assault allegations

Alleged offences date from 2002 to this year

Two bearded teenagers banned from classes at Lancashire school for refusing to shave

A family member of the two Muslim 14-year-olds say they are being excluded because of ‘pure discrimination’

Nasser Hussain is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports

Nasser Hussain leads the race to fill national role

Former captain in line for England team director's post after Strauss rules himself out

Jos Buttler has completed his move to Lancashire

Lancashire complete expected signing of England One-Day International wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after Somerset exit

The 23-year-old had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford after his contract with his local side expired last week

Fresh allegations have been made about disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall

Jailed broadcaster Stuart Hall faces fresh claims of child sex abuse

The former It's A Knockout presenter is currently serving a 30-month jail term and is set to be questioned further by Lancashire Police

Jos Buttler in talks to join Lancashire

Jos Buttler is in discussions to join the County Championship Second Division winners Lancashire. England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman is out of contract with Somerset at the end of the season.

Mike Summerbee played a starring role in City's victory

Manchester City v Manchester United: The day rivals swapped kits for cricket whites

Neighbours battled it out at the other Old Trafford – and even George Best had a go

Jeremy Heywood: The Cabinet Secretary was joined by four government officials

Top civil servant Jeremy Heywood met Cuadrilla chief straight after Sussex fracking announcement

The Cabinet Secretary attended dinner organised by Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

Shane Watson sets off for a quick single on his way to 143

Round-up: Durham edge closer to title after dramatic Derbyshire collapse

Durham moved to within one win of clinching their third County Championship in six years with an astonishing victory over Derbyshire at the County Ground, where the home side were skittled out for just 63 in their second innings.

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

Savile abuse caused by the authorities 'burying their heads in the sand', says police chief

A lack of leadership from responsible authorities led to child abusers Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith and Stuart Hall getting away with their crimes for so long, a police chief said today.

Nigel Evans makes a personal statement to MPs in the House of Commons

'I will see this through to the end': MP Nigel Evans protests his innocence over rape and sex charges

Alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

Nigel Evans has resigned from his role as House of Commons Deputy Speaker

Nigel Evans quits as House of Commons deputy speaker amid rape and sex charges

The alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links