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Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

A hard, dry future for the planet

As global bodies gather in Marseilles to discuss water supplies, Sarah Morrison reports on the waste that will create a thirsty world by 2050

Sets fail pupils, study finds

Moves to reintroduce more setting and streaming in UK  state schools are fuelling a “vicious cycle” of underperformance,  particularly amongst disadvantaged youngsters, a top-level international study warned yesterday.

OECD warns over UK education record

Almost one in five young people in the UK are not educated to A-level standard, leaving the nation lagging behind countries such as Slovenia and Estonia.

James Cameron: If Britain is to survive economically, it must focus on low-carbon industry

Decisions that are being taken today to support investments that lock us into an old economic model will do little for future prosperity or growth.

Global crisis prompts IEA to slash forecasts

The global economic downturn prompted the International Energy Agency to slash its forecast for oil demand growth yesterday by more than a fifth for the year.

Million women are 'missing' from Britain's workforce

Changes to family and tax policies would boost the economy

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley can boast of being the minister who pulled in a record crowd in the House of Lords to vote on the NHS reforms

Better NHS standard 'could save 10,000' lives, says Andrew Lansley

More than 10,000 lives could be saved every year if the NHS were to outstrip average standards set internationally, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said today as he unveiled a new 60-step plan to boost patient outcomes.

Sharp increase in income inequality

The pay gap between the highest and lowest earners in the UK has grown more quickly than in any other high-income country since 1975, a report said today.

Richard Layard: And so begins the strange era of feel-good politics...

The value lies in finding out what causes people to be happy or unhappy

Most Britons 'satisfied with life'

The majority of British people are happy in spite of gloomy economic news and social disorder over the summer, according to new figures.

Public sector job losses to hit 600,000 by 2016

George Osborne was forced today to acknowledge a grim picture of declining growth and rising unemployment for the UK over the coming years.

Despite support for a 'Plan B', the Chancellor will stick to his Plan A deficit reduction strategy in his Autumn Statement today

Britain sliding towards 'double-dip' recession

Britain stands on the threshold of a "double dip" recession, according to the influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

David Cameron visiting a Northern Rail depot in Manchester yesterday

Chancellor warned Britain is heading back into recession

Stark warning from OECD deals blow to Osborne on the eve of his crucial speech

UK 'on brink of modest recession'

Britain is on the brink of a modest recession that will be followed by months of stunted growth, a bleak forecast from the OECD said today.

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Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes