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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

'No genuine strategic vision' in Government's defence policy, say MPs

Britain’s policy on defence has been overwhelmingly driven by the need to cut cost, lacks vision and leads to concerns about how plans were being made to combat the real threats and challenges being faced by the country, an influential parliamentary committee has claimed.

Fiona Bruce's Antiques Roadshow ‘hunch’ leads to discovery of lost £400,000 Van Dyck masterpiece

The presenter said she recognised details of the supposed ‘fake’, bought for just £400 from her work on a programme about the 17th century master

The FCA racks up a record total of £472m in fines in its first year

FCA will take action where the expected standards are not met

The News Matrix: Tuesday 24 December 2013

Cut in top rate gives bank bosses £100m

Kristin Scott-Thomas

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 3 - Art and Theatre

1. Which musical broke single-day sales records in March, taking more than £2m in less than 14 hours?

Wayne Rooney was quite happy to play in midfield for David Moyes on Saturday

David Moyes talks up 'leadership' of Wayne Rooney, after talisman accepts Manchester United midfield role in win over West Ham

Wayne Rooney was quite happy to play in midfield for David Moyes on Saturday

The News Matrix: Monday 23 December 2013

Artificial heart 'just a pump' like real one

Seventy-nine people were injured after plasterwork fell on to the audience

Heavy rain and years of 'benign neglect' may have caused Apollo Theatre roof collapse

Owner of the playhouse had previously admitted that London’s theatre buildings had 'suffered years of benign neglect'

Jacob Ostreicher, right, with Sean Penn last year

Sean Penn rescues American businessman Jacob Ostreicher from violent Bolivian jail

The actor released a statement to confirm he was with a New York  businessman who had been spirited out of Bolivia after spending over two years in captivity for crimes he claims he did not commit

David Cameron and former England footballer Michael Owen visiting Camp Bastion. The PM lauded the 'level of security' established

Afghanistan mission accomplished? Tens of thousands dead. Billions spent. So, is the country really any better off?

The Prime Minister declared mission accomplished  in Afghanistan. Peter Popham analyses the truth in the claim

Sir Michael Wilshaw says the remaining grammar schools are ‘stuffed full of middle-class kids’

Double blow to Tory hopes of a new dawn for grammar schools

As proposals for a ‘satellite’ school in Kent are rejected, Chief Inspector says the numbers fail to support claims that selection aids social mobility

Pier group: Rory Kinnear and Catherine McCormack in the ITV crime drama 'Lucan'

Lucan, ITV: Review - Brilliantly acted, cleverly scripted and beautifully shot

Lucan was beautifully shot, but a voice for the tragic victim was missing

A four-mile pipe discharging radioactive components was removed from the couple's home

Helena Bonham Carter has radioactive pipe removed from home

The four-mile pipe was discharging radioactive components from Harwell’s Atomic Energy Research Establishment into the Thames

James Moore: How much longer can this crumbling house of horrors stay in one piece?

Outlook Yes, Royal Bank of Scotland is facing a scandal (again). It's an IT snafu this time (another). And Ross McEwan, the chief executive, has said he's very sorry (again) while describing it as "unacceptable". In that he's aping Supernanny Jo Frost, the Channel 4 childcare "specialist", whom it was at one time impossible to avoid. Sadly, it seems it will take more than the ubiquitous Ms Frost and her patented naughty step to turn this recalcitrant child around.

Outlook: The market has greeted allegations about RBS with relative equanimity

Outlook Is Derek Sach going to get a share of the £500m Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to pay out in bonuses this year? It's an interesting question.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker