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A British-based former teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love fight with her Russian ex-husband over custody of their two sons has won a “landmark” court ruling in Moscow, lawyers said today.

MPs to quiz executives on James Murdoch's evidence

Politicians recall witnesses to explain inconsistencies

Angus Fraser: Magnificent to see such a diverse crowd on magical day at Lord's

What struck me was the age of those queuing. Not octogenarians queuing for a seat in the pavilion, these were young men, teenagers, children with parents

Recriminations fly over decision to let Winehouse make final tour

A dispute has broken out between Amy Winehouse's management and her record label in the wake of the 27-year-old singer's death at the weekend.

Women in Science: From bird lady to dancing professor

My work-life is split in two parts: the Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Cambridge University and Rambert Dance Company's first ever Scientist in Residence.

Inquiry urged into Surrey Police over Milly Dowler leak

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was urged to launch an investigation into Surrey Police after The Independent's report that an officer was taken off the hunt for the killer of Milly Dowler after leaking confidential details of the investigation.

I'm trailing in the worldwide reaction race

Sarah Sands admits to falling for the speed and grace of Twitter

Pebble Beach, Marine Drive, Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire

"Pebble Beach, far away in time," you find yourself adapting Martha and the Muffins as you park the car on the clifftop drive. "Pebble Beach, far away in time, Pebble Beach..." And as you push the door, you feel you've stepped back 20 years in time, to a kinder, simpler age when all restaurant menus came in floppy leather (with photos of the shellfish platter), all dining-rooms were on a split level, with fleshy-orangey chairs, tables and curtains, and a wrought-iron fence as a "feature".

Fewer students deferring studies

The numbers of students deferring university places to 2012 has dropped by almost two thirds, as youngsters try to avoid the tuition fee hike, new figures show.

Australia watchdog frowns on Murdoch bid

Australia's competition watchdog has expressed concern at a bid by Rupert Murdoch's cable television operation to buy out a rival, saying it would create "a near monopoly" of pay TV service in the country.

Tender Hooks, By Moni Mohsin

It is not just outside political observers who take a censorious view of Pakistan's suicide bombers. The protagonist of Moni Mohsin's social satire finds the "beardo weirdos" pretty irksome too, especially when they get in the way of a shopping trip or a lunch date in downtown Lahore. Her irritation sums up the spirit of Tender Hooks, which takes its spoilt, wealthy anti-heroine and blends her voice with the hard social realities of the nation.

Law firm given right of reply over 'failure' to expose bribery

A law firm blamed by Rupert Murdoch for failing to raise the alarm over evidence of police bribes at News International was last night given the go-ahead to put its side of events to police and MPs.

Andy McSmith: I've no axe to grind with clichés

Readers of The Independent have been having fun filling our letters column with clichés. You could call it a game of two halves. My colleague John Rentoul kicked off with an essay on the clichés beloved of politicians. Then readers competed to see who could compress the maximum number of them into the minimum space.

Steve Richards: Everything has changed, but most politicians don't realise it

There is a deep divide with the past. The common theme is that concentrations of power – in banking, the media, the police or politics – must be held to account

Rebekah Brooks will face grilling from MPs

The Metropolitan Police put no allegations to Rebekah Brooks during nine hours of interviews, her solicitor said today as he described the decision to arrest her as causing "enormous reputational damage".

Paedophile raid 'nets record haul'

Police officers discovered around one million indecent images of children at a house in east London, Scotland Yard has revealed.

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