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The father of missing university chef Claudia Lawrence today took the search for his daughter worldwide with the release of a YouTube video appeal.

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A 35-year-old chef went missing in March. There have been no sightings, no new leads. How does her family cope with not knowing what happened? Jonathan Owen meets Peter Lawrence

Claudia search officers take 40 calls

The detective leading the investigation into the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence said he had received 40 calls following a television appeal for information about the chef's relationships "of complexity and mystery".

Claudia Lawrence's mother has 'gut instinct' she is abroad

The mother of missing chef Claudia Lawrence said today she has a gut instinct her daughter is abroad.

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The New York professor who predicted the credit crunch is in a less pessimistic mood these days. Recovery is not too far away, he tells Stephen Foley

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The director Martin Scorsese explains why Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's British classic 'The Red Shoes' is so special, and reveals that it inspired other film-makers including Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg

How happy are your children?

Survey after survey tells us that Britain has among the least happy teenagers in Europe. But can this be the case? And why are we so obsessed with happiness anyway? Charlotte Philby discovers what really makes young people smile

Murder suspected in hunt for missing chef

The detective leading the hunt for missing chef Claudia Lawrence today said the investigation had been classified as suspected murder.

Peaches reveals her vulnerable side

The charts are full of sassy young female solo stars, but Peaches was there first. With a reputation as a shocking exhibitionist, she tells Fiona Sturges she has a vulnerable side too

Stock market bulls have got it wrong, warns Nouriel Roubini

'Dr Doom' predicts further shocks in the market

River body is not missing chef, say police

The body of a woman found in a river is not that of missing university chef Claudia Lawrence, police said today.

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