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News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Google's tribute to French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir 106th birthday: best quotes

It is the birthday of French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir, who had she been alive would have been 106 today.

Google's tribute to French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s 106th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates French philosopher

The French writer, intellectual, political activist and feminist would have been 106

Prince William will be studying a 10-week £10,000 'bespoke' agriculture course at Cambridge University’s School of Technology

Appeal to get Cambridge students to take pictures of Prince William at university is a celebration not an attack, says tabloid's editor

Criminal barriester had said Tab newspaper could be accused of encouraging harassment

David Moyes is not interested in making stop-gap signings

Transfer news: Manchester United will not be forced into panic buys, says David Moyes

Reinforcements not guaranteed despite fear United will not qualify for the Champions League

Tony Pulis has called on the fans support to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Norwich v Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis warns breaches of discipline will not be tolerated

The former Stoke City manager takes charge of his first Eagles game this weekend

The gift that keeps on giving: Cody Wilson with an AR-15 gun. It has a 3D-printed lower receiver

Cody Wilson created a gun that can be downloaded and built with a 3D printer - is he too dangerous for Britain?

The extreme libertarian is coming to London challenge the global financial system

Eintracht Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht

Local hero Torsten Lieberknecht draws praise for his Eintracht Braunschweig approach from Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp

Klopp has been the centre of attention in recent weeks but Braunschweig's rather unnoticed coach is going about things just like his old Mainz 05 team-mate

Review: I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman, Photographs by Rose Callahan, text by Nathaniel Adams

The dandy is back! Today, a certain variety of male is discovering contemporary dandyism and giving it their own signature look. In this book, photographer  Rose Callahan teams up with writer Nathaniel Adams to document the well-kept lives of 57 dandies.

Vieira will need all his powers of persuasion for City to secure Ntcham

Patrick Vieira believes methods must change if English youngsters are to improve

Manchester City's elite development squad coach says methods are lagging behind in England

Bono was chased down the street at a G8 summit by protesters shouting 'Make Bono history'

U2 frontman chased down street by German anarchists shouting 'Make Bono history'

Singer said in the same 'great' week he was booed at the TED conference in Arusha, Tanzania

Bono has made a fresh defence of U2’s tax arrangements, claiming the Irish government would ultimately appreciate the band’s decision to deposit a share of its multimillion-pound business offshore in the Dutch Antilles

Bono defends U2's tax arrangement: We are in 'total harmony' with Irish government's philosophy

Bono has made a fresh defence of U2’s tax arrangements, claiming the Irish government would ultimately appreciate the band’s decision to offshore a share of its income through the Netherlands.

Book of a lifetime: Cyclopaedia, By Ephraim Chambers

As a historian of 18th-century London, it would be too predictable to choose Samuel Johnson's great Dictionary of 1775 as my choice for a book with enduring impact. There is no doubt that Johnson's work had a pivotal role in defining our modern language, but in terms of cultural significance, there's another book which is almost equally important: Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia.

Immanuel Kant: The philosopher inspired such a debate in Russia that a man was shot several times with rubber bullets

Russian man shot in quarrel over Immanuel Kant’s philosophy

Attacker now faces ten years' incarceration to contemplate the ethics of his actions

Glenn Hoddle believes changes need to be made

Glenn Hoddle calls for FA to explore ways to limit foreign players in the Premier League in effort to improve England chances

Former England manager also believes quality coaching at a young age is crucial in the development of homegrown talent

A Possible Life, by Sebastian Faulks. Vintage , £7.99

Faulks’s new work is made up of two novellas, and three short stories. Their settings include a 21st-century laboratory, a Victorian workhouse and a 1970s recording studio.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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