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Mike Hancock was suspended from the party this week following leak of unpublished report into his conduct

Bell makes strong claim for the magic number

Cricketers, at least those with ambition, love to give the selectors a headache. Or so they say. What they really mean, of course, is that they would like to stake such a rock solid claim that no one with an ounce of common sense could possibly look in any other direction. Step forward Ian Bell

Torres injury means no headache for Villas-Boas

Chelsea's new manager knows that Drogba is just the man up front for Stoke

A-level results to reveal sharp rise in top A* grades

The number of A* grades at A-level is set to rise when the results for more than 250,000 students are announced next Thursday.

Calm down, Flower tells England

There is no pleasing some people. As most observers of his team began to assess yesterday where exactly England might occupy in the pantheon, Andy Flower, the coach, rained on the parade before it left home.

Major challenges lie ahead for the next commissioner

The departure of the Metropolitan Police's two most senior officers in as many days could not have come at a more critical time.

Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United striker dilemma

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged he will have a tough job giving all his strikers adequate time on the pitch this season.

The Insider: How to do brights (and not get a headache)

I'm still scarred by the sitting-room I painted slightly the wrong orange a decade ago. Things went white for a long time – that was the noughties for you – but encouraged by good vibes from my Yves Klein-blue kitchen wall, I'm ready for more. To sidestep previous eye ache, I sought the expertise of prop stylist Will Taylor, who runs the brilliant brightbazaar.blogspot.com, devoted to all things, well, bright...

U-turn on sentence reform leaves hole in Ministry of Justice budget

Moves to cut the jail population were in jeopardy last night following an overhaul of sentencing policy – potentially leaving a financial black hole at the heart of the prison system.

Water cleanup system shut down at Japan nuke plant

A system to clean massive amounts of contaminated water at the site of Japan's nuclear disaster was shut down today, just hours after it began full operations, because a component filled with radioactivity much more quickly than expected.

Selena Gomez blames junk food for hospitalisation

Selena Gomez blames her hospitalisation on eating too much junk food.

Sheffield's Park Hill: Estate expectations

Built by optimistic post-war planners, Sheffield's Park Hill became an urban eyesore. Is there hope for these modernist flats in the 21st century?

Australia centre Berrick Barnes forced to take break

Australia and Waratahs centre Berrick Barnes will take an indefinite break in a bid to overcome a debilitating 'footballer's migraine' condition that has plagued him throughout the Super Rugby season.

Stephen King: A week when you finish up clutching a pair of scissors

Economic outlook: In 2006 UK public spending was about 41 per cent of GDP. Last year it had jumped to 47.5 per cent

Boxing: 'After Klitschko hit me I had a headache for days'

The tiny mountain village of Going, nestling high in the Austrian Alps is straight out of the Sound of Music. But yesterday the surrounding hills were alive with the sound of an ominous message for David Haye. It came from another British fighter, 31-year-old Ola Afolabi who is being paid to absorb pain as chief sparring partner to the fierce giant whose jarring jabs have earned him the sobriquet of "Wlad the Impaler".

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...