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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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