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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

David Cameron must do more to encourage marriage, warns Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Britain’s Chief Rabbi has intervened in the controversy surrounding the Government’s treatment of mothers who give up work to bring up young children.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Provocative dressing, baby blogs - and why this model will never change her mind

I was shot by Mario Testino when I was 10 As a kid I was always posing for photos; even on holiday my mum [Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris] would take as many photo-posing moments as she could. We were trained in posing – and I hated it. But maybe that's why I can have fun when posing as a model now; I don't over-analyse or try too hard.

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone

‘Dirty and unsafe’: Whipps Cross hospital told it must make urgent changes

Inspectors reported cases of women having to wait up to four hours to be seen at a labour ward

Children of obese mothers 'more likely to die young'

Children born to obese mothers are 35 per cent more likely to die before they reach 55, a study has found.

Dutch Prince Friso with his wife Princess Mabel

Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after 18 months in a coma following avalanche skiing accident in Austria

He was moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month, but had since suffered complications

Police hunt 'lady flasher' accused of exposing herself to young children in car park

Alleged the woman unzipped her black three-quarter length jacket revealing her naked body to the mother and her four children, aged 13, 12, 10, and four

Book review: Bolívar: American Liberator, By Marie Arana

An admirable biography that strips away myth to reveal a Venezuelan rebel with a cause

Motherhood shouldn’t mean a career dead-end

The highest earning women face no discrimination - but behave like men at work

Let mothers breastfeed - wherever they choose

A fall in breastfeeding harms the nation's health, and increases NHS spending

Edinburgh 2013: Hag - A dark fairy tale from The Wrong Crowd

The Slavic myth of forest-dwelling witch Baba Yaga is reimagined in this dark fairy tale from theatre company The Wrong Crowd. Like a Roald Dahl book, it relishes disgusting things but has a sound moral tale at its heart.

George Osborne with Titas, during a visit to a nursery in Hammersmith

George Osborne accused of 'patronising and stigmatising' stay-at-home mothers as campaigners react to childcare tax breaks row

The measure, which was announced in the Budget in March, will offer support from 2015 to families where both parents work

There are more working mums than ever, but the gender pay gap is still here

Mums are now not only bringing home the bacon (on a budget), but are cooking it, serving it and washing up the plates afterwards

Carers will qualify for childcare vouchers

Plans to help working parents with nursery bills are to be  extended to cover carers and  people taking maternity or paternity leave.

Editorial: The Germany scheme of Familienpflegezeit (family caring time) is something from which we could learn much

Women's earnings play a huge role in the survival of the nation's families

Paperback review: Part of the Spell, By Rachel Heath

Rachel Heath begins in similar territory to Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave, with an elderly parent who goes missing one day for no apparent reason, but she lacks O'Farrell's edge and psychological complexity.

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before