Sport On your bike: Atherton hopes her success will inspire more young women to try the sport she loves

Rio is now in the sights of World Cup champion who has capped a highly successful year by being named the first BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

Labour savours success at Welsh polls

Labour celebrated its election success in Wales with a mini victory parade by a statue of one its most famous politicians.

Nine held over rape tweets bailed

Nine people have been bailed in connection with the naming on Twitter of the victim in footballer Ched Evans' rape case, police said.

Nine arrested over naming of rape victim

Nine more people have been arrested as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in footballer Ched Evans's rape case.

Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans was jailed for five years for rape last Friday

Rapist's teammate suspended

Sheffield United defender Connor Brown has been suspended by the club for comments he made on Twitter following teammate Ched Evans's jail sentence for rape.

Ched Evans has been jailed for rape

Sheffield United suspend Connor Brown following Ched Evans related Tweets

Sheffield United have suspended reserve-team player Connor Brown for posts he made on Twitter following team-mate Ched Evans' jail sentence for rape.

Sheffield United striker and Wales international Ched Evans

Wales footballer is jailed for raping teenager 'too drunk to consent'

A footballer who raped a teenager who was "too drunk to consent" to sex, while two of his friends tried to film the attack on a mobile phone, was jailed for five years yesterday.

Salvage and counter pollution experts are working to remove the 40,000 litres of fuel from the ship

Grounded Colwyn Bay cargo ship emptied of fuel

The remaining fuel from a stricken cargo ship which ran aground in rough seas has been removed in a clean-up operation.

RWE and E.on prepare to sell UK nuclear project

Advisers approached but sales process could stretch into next year
Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina (R) confronts Newcastle United's James Perch (2ndL) next to Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Demba Ba, before being sent-off

Police investigate racist tweet claim aimed at Newcastle defender James Perch

A police investigation has begun after another footballer was racially abused on Twitter. Officers were contacted when Newcastle United's James Perch was targeted on Sunday.

Man charged with killing his wife and son at home

The family of a mother and her young son killed in their home said they would be sadly missed.

'Dark arts' query over spy's death

Secret agents specialising in the "dark arts" might have tried to cover up the mysterious death of an MI6 spy found in a holdall, a coroner heard today.

RWE npower and E.ON abandon nuclear plant development

The Government's plans for a nuclear-power renaissance were in disarray tonight after two of the "big six" energy giants pulled out of a venture to build new reactors.

Man arrested over alleged racist gesture at Anfield

Merseyside Police last night announced a 59-year-old man had been detained in connection with an alleged racist gesture made at Anfield during yesterday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United.

Airbus boss Enders to be CEO of parent group EADS

The Airbus manufacturer EADS has finally confirmed that Tom Enders will succeed Louis Gallois as chief executive at the Franco-German group.

Search underway for fisherman missing in Irish sea

A search and rescue operation was under way today after a crewman fell overboard from a fishing boat in the Irish Sea.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

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They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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