Rachel Nickell family ponder case against police

Scotland Yard detectives who left psychopath Robert Napper free to kill Rachel Nickell could face private legal action by her former partner, it was revealed tonight.

Fiona Millar: The Gove plan: Why so quiet, Labour?

The coalition favours localism, but its new academies can be set up without asking the parents. The Opposition should speak up

Nat Wei: Meet 'Mr Big'... he's in charge of the PM's social revolution

Man hired to make Cameron's 'Big Society' slogan a reality tells John Rentoul he relishes the challenge

The National, Royal Albert Hall, London

National treasures get my vote

Vice-chancellor warns: top-up fees must double

Student fees will have to rise to £7,500 a year to maintain standards in higher education, a leading university vice-chancellor warns today.

Output growth heads off 'double-dip' recession

The UK avoided a "double-dip" recession in the first three months of 2010 with output growth of 0.4%, an economic forecaster said today.

Community champions to get Olympic preview

Thousands of people will get an exclusive look at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell announced today.

The bitter divisions that brought down Watmore

A week which started well for the former FA chief executive ended in resignation as the organisation's endemic power struggles came to the fore again

Police could face legal action over 'unfair' searches

Police forces were threatened with legal action today as the Government's equality watchdog said black and Asian Britons were still being unfairly targeted for stop and searches.

David Cameron taunts PM over 'war' with Darling

Conservatives today claimed that Gordon Brown was "at war" with his Chancellor after Alistair Darling complained that "the forces of hell" were unleashed against him by Downing Street aides.

Troops poised to launch anti-Taliban onslaught

British troops were poised to launch a major onslaught against the Taliban today as comrades hailed the bravery of two soldiers killed elsewhere in Afghanistan.

Childcare now costs more than top public school

Soaring nursery fees force parents to stump up as much as £22,000 a year

Really Old, Like Forty Five, Cottesloe Theatre, London

A demented take on trials of ageing

UK will break Darling's debt promise, warns think-tank

Chancellor will not halve debt by 2013-14, economics institute experts forecast
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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

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Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
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The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

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As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

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