Government advisors back heavy cut in visa

Tough new limits stopping tens of thousands of students and skilled workers entering the UK were recommended yesterday by the Government's advisers on immigration.

Amol Rajan: Andy Neather and the hysteria over immigration

Andy Neather has written a spirited defence of both his column last Friday, and of a proper debate on immigration. He has been (wrongly) accused of "revealing" a "secret plot" by Barbara Roche (for whom he used to write speeches) to conceal Labour's plans to change Britain irreversibly, by allowing an infinite number of undesirables to come to Britain.

Sky's man in hot water over racist remark

Ron Atkinson never fully recovered. Will Dick Best?

'Earned citizenship' scheme for would-be Britons

A new immigration Bill will create an "earned citizenship" scheme for foreigners who want to become British.

Leading Article: Brickbats and slurs

When the House of Lords economic affairs committee released a report on immigration two months ago, claiming to show that migrants have had no significant impact on the average income of the native population, the anti-immigration lobby was cock-a-hoop. Here, it was claimed, was definitive proof, that immigration does not deliver financial benefits to the majority of British people and therefore ought to be drastically curbed.

Record numbers granted citizenship

The number of people granted British citizenship reached record levels last year, new figures showed today.

Backs to the wall: the mood of many Germans

It comes as a huge shock to discover that a fifth of the German people would like the Wall back

Detective removed from cockler deaths inquiry after racist remarks

A detective who used the racist term "chink" while investigating the deaths of the Chinese cocklers at Morecombe Bay has been removed from the inquiry.

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Stephen Byers: Exploding the myths about asylum

From a speech on immigration and asylum policy, given by the former Labour minister to the Social Market Foundation
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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

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Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone