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Almost half the pupils from some French primary schools were absent from class after the text messages were sent

Cross words: ex-Chelsea defender Elliott fell out with Richard Rufus

Paul Elliott resigns from FA post in wake of race row

Paul Elliott, one of football's leading anti-racist campaigners, who was made a CBE for his work against discrimination, has resigned his positions of responsibility at the Football Association after admitting using a derogatory racist term to another black man.

BBC news chief said Newsnight had 'contemptuous' attitude towards rest of editorial operation

Helen Boaden, the BBC Director of News, said the corporation’s treatment of the women who came forward to accuse Sir Jimmy Savile of sexual assault was “shaming” and described the “contemptuous” attitude which Newsnight held towards the rest of the BBC’s news operation.

It infiltrates all parts of modern life, but how to deal with passive aggressive behaviour?

The phenomenon was first recognised as a pattern during the Second World War

Britain's mobile operators pick up new 4G licences on the cheap

Britain’s mobile operators were celebrating today as they paid just  £2.34 billion for new, super-fast 4G mobile spectrum — far below the  £3.5 billion that the Treasury and many City analysts expected.

Jamie Heaton, two, died in the explosion in Buckley Street, Oldham, last year caused by Andrew Partington

The accidental revenge of a jilted boyfriend that killed a two-year-old boy

Andrew Partington cut the gas pipes in his Oldham home after his girlfriend left with their children

The anonymity provided by the sites has made them a hotbed for sexual pressure, bullying and abuse

Next generation of social media 'exposing girls to sexual abuse'

Increasingly popular 'question and answer' websites accused of exploiting children

Chris Huhne: Whatever you think of his past, these texts between a father and son are heart-breaking

Putting Huhne's catalogue of deceit to the side, we can still feel empathy for a man who had such personal opprobrium heaped on him, and then had it seen by the public

Complaints about unnecessary honking have declined more than 60 per cent since 2008

New York, the city that never shuts up, admits defeat in war against car horns

You can hear them Uptown, Midtown, Downtown: in the rush-hour snarl round Columbus Circle, at the foot of the Empire State off 5th, and down by the half-built World Trade Center tower, as restive drivers navigate the barriers surrounding the construction site.

Family who 'disappeared off the face of the earth' in 2010 continue to baffle investigators as writer claims wife murdered husband and fled with children

The McStay family vanished from their idyllic California home on February 4 2010, in the middle of what appeared to be an average morning

Vodafone Sure Signal: a tiny mast that packs a lot of power - but don't worry - it won't fry your brain

David Phelan reviews the Vodafone Sure Signal

1 November 2012: the launch of Britain's first 4G mobile network at Battersea Power station

Really, who needs 4G?

David Phelan analyses the present and future of speedy mobile data

les ballets C de la B, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

les ballets C de la B, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

The Old King shows a man reduced to wordlessness, fighting to communicate or connect with an audience. Dancer Romeu Runa flails about, putting himself through gruelling tasks.

Kevin Pietersen’s wish for more free time has been granted

Matt Prior reveals intervention over Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen had been exiled

Editorial: An alarming spike in snooping

Few would dispute that the Government should work hard to pursue tax dodgers. And in such lean times as these, a crackdown can only be all the more welcome. After all, with nearly £7bn thought to be slipping through the net each year, there is much to be gained for the yawning public purse. But even so large a prize does not give the taxman carte blanche in his methods, and evidence of a sharp spike in snooping by the authorities is still cause for alarm, however worthy the cause.

Probe launched: Did drive to track illegal immigrants breach data laws?

The information watchdog has launched an investigation into a drive to track down people who are in the country illegally, which was contracted out by the UK Border Agency to private company Capita.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee