Sport Lizzy Yarnold kisses her trophy after being crowned the women's skeleton world champion near Koenigssee, southern Germany

The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Laurie Armantrading, pictured outside Suffolk House in Palmers Green

Mentally ill people being left homeless despite available housing says charity

Mentally ill people are being left homeless despite there being available housing, a leading charity has said.

Carter: 'We thrive on pressure – we absolutely love it. I haven't felt any lessening, just because of 2011'

Dan Carter: Why Dan's desperate for more with New Zealand

All Black outside-half hopes to be fit to face England on Saturday, when he and his side will continue their relentless quest to be bigger, better and stronger than the team that won the World Cup, he tells Chris Hewett

Ricky Hatton and Vyacheslav Senchenko square up yesterday in Manchester

Ricky Hatton homecoming promises real contest after the confessionals

Senchenko should be a tricky opponent but victory tonight may earn Malignaggi rematch

Great Britain's men crashed out of team pursuit qualifying in the opening event of the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Barker steps up in style to rouse British spirits in opening day at Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy velodrome

Britain are up and running at Chris Hoy's place. Opening day in the velodrome named after Scotland's greatest Olympian did not all go according to plan but come the end of the first night of the Track World Cup meeting another healthy treasure chest of British bullion had been stocked.

84-year-old Ezekiel McCarthy admits killing nephew after mistaking him for a burglar

An 84-year-old man has admitted killing his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar.

Kim Whitton, left, and Patricia Putt took part in the scientific test at Goldsmiths, University of London

They didn't see that coming: Psychics fail scientific test

Two mediums who claimed to have psychic powers were unable to demonstrate their ability under laboratory conditions.

Queen Mary’s will be taken over by a mental health foundation trust, Oxleas, and land sold off to pay the debts

One NHS trust in five is in bad financial trouble – and Department of Health is failing to plan for bankruptcies

Only urgent, radical action will prevent failures, warns Public Accounts Committee

Tory MP quits to open door for Boris Johnson's Commons return

A veteran Tory MP last night announced he would be stepping down at the next general election. Richard Ottaway, the MP for Croydon South, told his constituency party: “I feel now is the right time to call it a day.”

'Resist EU's bid to restrict high-frequency trading'

European plans to restrict high-frequency trading (HFT) – the computer-driven, millisecond dealing in shares – should be resisted, according to a UK government-sponsored report.

'Resist EU's bid to restrict HFT'

European plans to restrict high-frequency trading – the computer-driven, millisecond dealing in shares – should be resisted, according to a Government-sponsored report.

DNA advances see 1987 rapist jailed

A rapist who cheated justice for nearly 25 years has been jailed because of advances in DNA profiling.

Man in court over death of woman

A 22-year-old man is due to appear in court today accused of murdering a young woman who was found dead in Kent.

Wicks: he assiduously monitored legislation he had helped frame

Malcolm Wicks: MP who fought for the young and the elderly

When the obituaries editor of The Independent invites me to contribute an obituary of a parliamentary colleague it is my custom to garner opinions from three or four contemporary colleagues of the subject. But since on the occasion of Malcolm Wicks' death the Parliamentary Labour Party is busy in Manchester I went to two BBC producers and two presenters (who must remain anonymous) and asked them why they had Malcolm so often on radio – more often than most ministers. All four responded in identical terms, that Wicks was that rare politician who strived to answer the actual question asked. And they all agreed that whether on social policy or on energy policy, Wicks knew his stuff – and if he didn't known he would say so.

Arsenal's Andre Santos

Arsenal defender Andre Santos banned for speeding

Arsenal defender Andre Santos was banned from driving for 12 months today after admitting speeding at up to 145mph in rush-hour traffic.

Police officers on riot duty in Tottenham in the violent aftermath of the shooting of Mark Duggan

Duggan was armed and I'll never forget it, says officer who triggered the riots

Police marksman was '100 per cent' certain that suspect had a gun in his hand

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