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Savers will be offered pensions “with expensive, and confusing fees”, following a dramatic climbdown by the pensions minister, Steve Webb, over charges.

California bans ‘gay repair’ therapy

Californian parents concerned about their child's sexuality will no longer be able to put them through controversial "gay-repair" therapy after the state became the first to outlaw any practices aiming to influence the sexual orientation of minors. The San Francisco Gate reports.

Public 'being ignored' over lobbying reforms

The Government has been accused of ignoring the views of more than 1,000 people who responded to a public consultation on its controversial lobbying reforms.

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This event, like some of the others on this list, was a demonstration sport. The concept of these demonstration sports was to showcase potential new events at the Games, and depending on how they were received, decide if they would be given full accreditation. Demonstration events were scrapped by the International Olympic Committee after 1992, which was a shame - as events such as Speed Skiing had some potential. The idea of this one was to see who could go fastest down the mountain without crashing. As competitors risked their lives trying to clock the quickest speed they reached well over 200kmh.

From the standing jump to pigeon shooting: The strangest Olympic sports

The Synchronised Swimming is now in full (hopefully concerted) flow at London 2012.

Stephen Foley: Drought gives farmers a bigger voice in Congress

US Outlook: Don't be surprised if the price of your morning cornflakes go up. A drought in the midwest here is getting so bad that barges taking grain down the Mississippi are having to lighten their usual loads. The river is so low that they are afraid of getting stuck on the bottom.

James Moore: Kay's ideas on target but it will take teeth if we are serious about fixing the City

Outlook: Vince Cable will be formulating a response that could easily be frustrated

Jeremy Hunt admits he 'thought about quitting'

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he considered quitting over his handling of Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for BSkyB.

Anthony Hilton: Counting the cost of some really big numbers

Robert Jenkins made a short speech to hedge fund managers in Monaco on Wednesday.

Poll results: Building new wind farms is an acceptable price to pay for greener energy in the future

Build more turbines: poll shows public wants wind farms

George Osborne hopes to cut wind turbine subsidies because his MPs fear their constituents oppose them. But new polling proves their antipathy is hot air

The PM David Cameron attends a wedding in a lounge suit rather than a morning suit

Cameron shrugs off Hunt emails to Murdochs

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt exchanged text messages with James Murdoch even after being given "quasi-judicial" responsibility for News Corp's takeover of BSkyB, the Leveson Inquiry heard yesterday.

Hunt under more pressure to quit

With three days to his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry, fresh pressure was piling on Jeremy Hunt over his links with News Corp. The Culture Secretary, pictured, was urged to quit by one of his Tory predecessors, while Nick Clegg delivered a warning about politicians ending up "in the pockets of media moguls".

Jeremy Hunt urged PM to look favourably on News Corp's BSkyB bid

Lawyers told Hunt to stay out of Sky deal

Culture Secretary was warned to 'do nothing' to influence Murdoch's bid for broadcaster

Hunt comforted adviser, then said: 'Everyone thinks you've got to go'

Adam Smith reveals how he was lined up as the fall guy over BSkyB bid controversy

Stephen Foley: The nun, the merchant banker and a question of corporate ethics

US Outlook Nobody mentioned the name Greg Smith, though it is barely two months since the London-based trader quit Goldman Sachs citing a "toxic" culture where clients were regarded as "muppets" to be ripped off wherever possible.

Leveson Sketch: The QC damned – with great praise

At 11am, just before Robert Jay called his next witness, the room fell silent and you could hear a helicopter flying over the Royal Courts of Justice. A fire alarm would have been more appropriate. The Leveson Inquiry was suddenly both inquisition and confessionary: two men, once linked at the hip through their friendly emails and text messages about government secrets, were together again, turning on one another's evidence and tilting the future political career of the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness