If the proposals are pushed through they would allow people to construct extensions and conservatories of up to 8m (26ft) on their homes

Revolt over Government proposals to allow homeowners to build big extensions leads to compromise

Minister promises revised approach to relaxation of planning law after Tory backlash

Steve Mafi of Leicester charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Wasps
South African newspaper Beeld used the image on their front page

Student captures Oscar Pistorius jogging around track - but agent denies he has returned to training

Olympian has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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It's not the end of the world – but it's the end of any false complacency

This is bad news. A drop in a credit rating by one agency does not matter that much in itself, for heaven knows, the rating agencies have been absurdly wrong in their judgements. The AAA ratings they gave to dodgy US housing debt were one of the factors in the banking crash of 2008. Both the US and France have seen a similar modest downgrading of their debt. But it matters because it focuses investors on the inherent weakness not just of British national finances at the moment but also of the longer-term commitment of the UK authorities to holding down inflation and assuring investors that they will get paid back in real – rather than devalued – money.

15-year-old girl with missing moniker set to sue Icelandic government in fight to legally use her name

Parents who don't want to take a name from a government list have to apply to a special committee that has the power to say yes or no to the chosen name

Pennant-Rea steps down from Henderson chair

Rupert Pennant-Rea is stepping down as chairman of the fund manager Henderson, which is shifting its tax base back to the UK.

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'We need to build in rural areas to ease crisis'

Britain's worsening housing crisis cannot be solved without a major expansion of house-building in the countryside, the new Planning minister will say tonight.

Elbow's Guy Garvey performs at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony

Elbow, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

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Experts have said the figures could indicate a rise in the number of cases, and that this could be due to an increase in anxiety and stress, possibly caused by long working hours and the recession

Stress and economic climate to blame as Westminster is named impotence capital of England

A study showed that 20 per cent of people seeking treatment for the problem live in the South East of England

France's President François Hollande called for a “pact on increased competitiveness”

France in need of 'shock therapy' and lower taxes

France needs “shock” therapy to break its downward economic spiral, including a substantial cut in payroll taxes, the government was told today.

Amsterdam's cannabis cafes will remain open to tourists, city's mayor says

Tourists visiting Amsterdam will not be banned from using the city’s famous cannabis cafes, its mayor has said. Eberhard van der Laan believes that changing the law would lead to more crime.

DJ Taylor: Divisive, detached and intolerant

Modern Tories are showing their true colours with campaigns that are a long way from conservatism with a small C

Brussels lifts restrictions on Zimbabwe aid

The European Union has lifted restrictions on aid to Zimbabwe and held out the prospect of removing sanctions from Zimbabwean officials to encourage political reform – though not from President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle.

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