Consumer Rights: Internships – useful work experience or unpaid labour?

Some employers ignore or bend the rules to exploit young people trying to enter a profession
A house that works is one where everyone gets along and brings something different to the group

Missed out on a space in halls? How to get the most of shared housing

It's not the end of the world if you didn't get a room in halls - in fact, you're going to have as much fun wherever you hang your hat

Southern Water fined £200,000 over sewage leak off Margate

Southern Water has been fined £200,000 after discharging raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

Recovery hopes are fuelled as European car sales rev up

More encouraging signs of Europe’s economic recovery were seen yesterday as the Continent’s car manufacturers reported annual growth for only the second time this year.

Flooded streets after burst water main in Herne Hill, London

Burst main leaves pub with 60,000 litres of water in the cellar as neighbourhood floods

Massive clean-up under way after major junction was flooded to 1.5 metres

Junior Just a Minute: Radio 4's panel game has been given a youthful new makeover

Venerated host, Nicholas Parsons may be pushing 90, but the panelists on his legendary radio show just keep getting younger and younger

A packed Brighton beach last weekend

From fridges to loo seats – things we’ve left on the beach

Teams clear up anything from cigarette butts to medical waste

This photo provided by the Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department shows Pamela Knox's car at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water pipe in Toledo, Ohio

Video: The crater escape - sinkhole swallows car in Toledo, Ohio but driver freed unharmed

Pamela Knox was driving along when suddenly her car started to slip into a hole - and kept on slipping.

A man jumps over a fire that has been lit inside the stone circle as people gather for sunset at Glastonbury Festival
Cover queen Rihanna may have clocked up the publicity, but she fails to deliver the goods on stage

Simon Price on Rihanna at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium: Don't mess with the girls from the Valleys

The women of Wales turned out 65,000-strong in Cardiff and raised the roof – what a pity that Rihanna had little to bring to the party

The News Matrix: Wednesday 12 June 2013

Boyfriend denies murder of woman, 55

Wolseley’s shares dive after Europe sales dip

Investors in Wolseley were spooked by deteriorating construction markets in Europe today, despite an otherwise healthy set of third-quarter figures.

Sana Khan, 18, from East London

Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

With almost 1 million youngsters looking for work, every vacancy attracts 11 applications

An abandoned newborn baby cries in an incubator after he was rescued from a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang province

Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm

Police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in a rented apartment

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
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Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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