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It's not just David Weir. A chronic shortage of social housing is making life hell for thousands of people with disabilities

Press involvement has missed the big story in this scandal

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Architecture needs you! 'Heritage army' enlisted for big survey of England’s 345,000 Grade II listed buildings

English Heritages' annual 'at-risk' survey has found 5,700 listed buildings or sites deemed to be imperilled by neglect or decay, a fall of 131 from the previous year

Microlight pilot killed after crashing into electricity pylon

A man has died after his “microlight” aircraft crashed into an electricity pylon in Staffordshire.

Man killed in 650ft fall down mountain in Lake District

A man has been killed in the Lake District after plunging 650ft (200m) down a mountain.

First responders and people assist a man who apparently set himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington

Chaos in Washington DC as man sets himself on fire at National Mall 'over government shutdown'

Worn out by successive dramas of a political and violent kind, Washington DC emergency services were called tonight to a man who set himself on fire in the middle of the National Mall in the vicinity of numerous federal museums closed by the government shutdown, including the National Gallery.

Hamzah Khan, who's mummified body was found in the bedroom of his mother's home almost two years after he died

Devious, wicked, dangerous: Amanda Hutton sentenced to 15 years in prison for starving four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to death and leaving body in cot for two years

Amanda Hutton  sentenced for manslaughter, child neglect and preventing the burial of her dead son's body

Italy boat wreck: Hundreds of migrants feared dead after ship sinks off Lampedusa coast

Migrants were crammed into small vessel that caught fire close to the coast of Italy

Chicago crash: Dozens injured after unmanned runaway commuter train collides with another train at station

Investigators are still trying to determine how the parked vehicle began moving without a driver

Teachers stage one-day strike in defiance of Education Secretary

Thousands of schools close as staff members protest Michael Gove’s refusal to open dialogue on pay, pensions and workload

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Thousands of schoolchildren affected as teachers strike over pay

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Burglar stole kayak to row to a better life
in France

A wanted burglar has been jailed after he admitted stealing a kayak and trying to paddle across one of the world’s busiest sea lanes to start a new life in France.

Lifeboat rescued burglar Paul Redford as he tried to escape across Channel on a kayak

He was trying to paddle across one of world's busiest sea lanes to start new life in France

The London Duck Tours boat, left, as rescue services extinguish the flames after it caught on fire near to the houses of Parliament

Duck boat trips on Thames halted after fire

30 passengers were rescued close to Lambeth Bridge in the heart of London

What The Sunday Papers Said

The Independent on Sunday: Executive pay votes ‘will curb the fat cat excesses’

Vince Cable has vowed that “shareholders will no longer be kept in the dark” over executive pay, ahead of the introduction of binding votes this week. The Business Secretary told The Independent on Sunday that the votes on pay will be a “powerful tool” in clamping down on the corporate excess, which led to last year’s shareholder spring of pay revolts that claimed high-profile scalps.

Philippines hostage battle ends with all captives safe

A deadly three-week battle between government troops and Muslim rebels who held nearly 200 people hostage in the southern Philippines has ended with all of the captives safe, the country's defence secretary said.

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