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Teaching to the test is the downside to SATs, and now it is happening with GCSEs

Drink-driver jailed for crash death

A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a pedestrian on a crossing while unable to see out of her icy windscreen has been jailed for two years.

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Tube tripper stays on the right track

Seven killed in China stabbing rampage

Seven people were killed and 22 injured when two knife-wielding men hijacked a truck and then attacked a crowd, Chinese police sources said.

Paraguay reach Copa America final after penalties

Paraguay beat Venezuela 5-3 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Copa America for the first time since 1979 after a fortunate goalless draw last night.

Railway station deaths up

The number of passenger accidents at railway stations increased last year, official figures showed today.

Pedestrian crossing may spell the end for Westminster peace camp

Previous attempts to evict the camp have failed because it has not been deemed to be causing an obstruction

Leo Hollis: 'It is only by my walking through London that the city has revealed its treasures'

London was recently voted the most walkable city in the world. But making sure a city is a place for walkers is a hugely underrated process. Politicians, planners and architects should take note of the burgeoning discipline of "walkonomics", which has trumpeted the advantages of the pedestrian-friendly city.

MPs to discuss lorry 'safety mirror' plan

All new lorries would have to be fitted with safety mirrors under proposals to be debated in the Commons today to cut the numbers of cyclists killed on Britain's roads. MPs of all parties are backing the plans, which follow The Independent's "save our cyclists" campaign which was launched last month.

Deborah Ross: I'd deny the vote to pizza leafleters

If you ask me...

Yardy enjoys subdued but successful Sussex return

Michael Yardy yesterday played his first game since flying home early from the World Cup suffering with depression. Yardy made a successful, if low-key, comeback as captain of Sussex in a CB40 game against the Netherlands at Hove.

Matthew Norman: The law's not just an ass, it's a superass

All that may be said in Andrew Marr's defence is that he has unwittingly done much to crystallise a difficult argument

Video: Drivers risking lives dodging barriers

New pictures of drivers and pedestrians dodging the barriers and ignoring warning lights at a busy railway junction in South London.

Woman shot in laundrette named

A woman shot in a laundrette in a seaside town was named by police today as Marion Millican.

John Walsh: The keyboard can never match the pen

Today is World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, a "worldwide celebration of books and reading" which, in the UK anyway, is "a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties, who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all." All, that is, except those who wish the future of books wasn't so alarmingly rocky.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

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Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

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Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

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Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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