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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Bronze in mire over accounts

Black cabs fell into black holes today as Manganese Bronze — maker of the iconic London taxi — said it found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Simon Kelner: Proof that the printed word is alive and kicking

Many of you will be reading these words in the traditional manner, by turning over the page of a newspaper, scanning the headline, and then reading the columnist's first paragraph before deciding that life is too short after all.

Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

Fears of school playing fields sell-off as Michael Gove relaxes Government regulations

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.

Hot ticket: Sunday's spectacular closing ceremony

What would you have done if you'd found a Closing Ceremony ticket...?

Bogus letters were left around London to test city's new-found public spirit. Charlie Cooper has the results

Great Britain's handball team failed to win any games

No medals, no money: UK Sport plays hardball with 2012 failures

The cheers of the crowd have barely died away but already minority sports that revelled in their moment in the Olympic sun are facing the realities of a tough future.

Cab maker Manganese in the mire

Black cabs fell into black holes yesterday as Manganese Bronze – maker of the well-known London taxi – said it had found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Frank Lampard is one of the few senior players cleared to play in tonight’s friendly

Frank Lampard: Comparing England with Team GB's Olympians is unfair

Captain says team-mates should not take all the blame for game's beleaguered position

Elbow profit from Olympic closing ceremony performance

Elbow look to be among the biggest winners of artists performing at the Olympic closing ceremony with a massive boost in sales.

In athletics, Jessica Ennis brought a marked improvement on Beijing

Golden welcome for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis has been promised a "champion's welcome" with a golden theme when she returns to her home city on Friday.

Colin Moynihan:The BOA chairman is stepping down after seven years
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<br />A sell-out crowd awaits Team GB in Coventry for their quarter-final football clash with Canada. Can Steph Houghton, (No 3, right) repeat her scoring feat after her stunning strike guided GB to a shock 1-0 win over Brazil?

Team GB football team 'unlikely' for Rio 2016 Olympics says FA general secretary

The Football Association have dealt a blow to Hope Powell's wish for a British women's team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

London's conquering heroes head home as Paralympics prepare for another sell-out

They came, they saw and many of them conquered. But all good things must come to an end. Yesterday Britain began bidding farewell to the 10,000 athletes who had called Stratford their home as organisers began the herculean task of readying the Olympic Park in time for the Paralympics.

Brazil striker Neymar 'happy' with Olympic silver medal

Bruised by their loss to Mexico in the Olympic final, Brazil begins their journey to the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Sweden on Wednesday.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes waved the five-ringed flag as he and other officials disembarked from the flight that brought them back from London

Olympic flag touches down on Brazilian soil

The Olympic flag touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?