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Tyler Doohan went back inside the bedroom of a burning trailer to try and save his disabled grandfather

The Church of England has been accused of 'dumbing down' the baptism service, one of the cornerstones of the faith, by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to 'repent sins' and 'reject the Devil'

Church of England is ‘dumbing down’ christenings, says cleric

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service, one of the cornerstones of the faith, by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to “repent sins” and “reject the Devil”.

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight in London. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames to see the spectacular fireworks display.

New Year 2014: Almost 100 arrests in London

The number of arrests in the capital has risen since last year

Mediaeval Baebes have had to tone down their act

Mediaeval Baebes to tour England's cathedrals amid unease over their 'sexy' image

The singers insist that they aren't a Satanic cult

Flagship academy Chatham Grammar School given ‘inadequate’ score by Ofsted

Inspectors present the most severe criticism yet of standards in a selective school

Book review: The Bone Season, By Samantha Shannon

For all its ingenuity and imagination, the first episode in a magical series lacks the human touch

Graeme Swann is having surgery on his elbow to remove floating bone fragments

Will Graeme Swann ever play for England again?

These are harrowing times for Graeme Swann. He officially left the England team today, his tour of New Zealand cut short by a chronic elbow injury which worsened dramatically almost overnight. There is no certainty that he will return.

New Zealand v England: Graeme Swann to fly to US for operation to save career

First day of first Test washed out by rain

Walking while I work has been a big step forward

Yes, the head of an august science institution and senior BBC science journalist have almost fallen off it. Yes, it does tend to raise eyebrows when people see it in my office. But it is gratifying to hear that my treadmill desk is not only helping me to keep trim but also reducing my risk of diabetes.

Six flagship academies sent warning letters over poor performance

Six of the Government’s flagship academies and a chain running three academies have been warned to pull their socks up - or face government intervention that could include a change of sponsors.

MS treatment: Clinical trials due as human stem cells research shows promise

In fact, the process appeared more rapid and efficient than with other cell sources

New Year Honours: 'Death Valley Jack' shocked by his honour

A 77-year-old grandfather who has completed one of the world's toughest races a dozen times – the last time at the age of 75 – said yesterday he was an "ordinary fella" in shock at being appointed MBE.

Delays for road and rail travellers due to flooding and late-running engineering work

Road and rail travellers endured another bleak mid-winter morning rush-hour today.

William Spengler's house burns in Webster, upstate New York

Chilling note reveals why gunman set trap for firefighters

Killing is what I do best, said 62-year-old who set his house ablaze to lure victims

The Newlyweds, By Neil Freudenberger

An arranged alliance of the online age must overcome glitches both old and new

Wellington College teacher Bruce Roth guilty of sex abuse of five boys

A teacher at one of the country's most prestigious public schools has been found guilty of sexually abusing five young boys.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

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