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Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence

Taribo West pictured at the 1998 World Cup. According to Zecevic he would have been 36, rather than 24 as people believed

Former AC Milan player Taribo West is '12 years older than he claims'

Former manager says the retired Nigerian international is already in his 50s

Beauty: The lazy girl's guide to lustrous hair

With the recession still biting, many people are working  longer hours than ever. But apparently some of us are so time-poor that we’ve even given up on washing our hair.

The author’s mother, Doris, around the time of her marriage in 1940

Even mums don't last for ever

David Randall on the phone call that meant his childhood was finally over

Stafford nurse refused to lift 'naughty little monkey', tribunal told

A senior nurse in a scandal-hit hospital told a seriously ill elderly woman patient she was a “naughty little monkey” and refused to help lift her from a wheelchair on to a bed, a tribunal heard today.

Vicki Graham is among the 5.8m unpaid carers in the UK. She looks after her husband Jamie, who suffers from Alzheimers

Number of full-time unpaid carers hits 1m in England and Wales

ONS figures show 'growing army' caring for loved ones for free

Output down at Glencore-Xstrata

Glencore and Xstrata have posted a drop in combined output across key metals, as the two commodities giants continue to finalise their $36bn (£23bn) merger.

Editorial: A squeeze too far on Britain's least well off

Spending cuts are unavoidable, but hitting the poorest hardest is no solution

Man attacked after pleading with youths not to throw snow balls

A man who was attacked after urging youths not to throw snowballs at toddlers and elderly pedestrians may be scarred for life, police have said.

Three more arrests over phishing scam targeted students

Three more people have been arrested in connection to a long-running £1million phishing scam that drained the bank accounts of hundreds of UK students.

How alarming – I lost five years of my life in a flash

The Life Length test is very straightforward. They draw some blood and you complete a short questionnaire

This week's big questions: Are you worried by the rise of Ukip? What do you do when you pass someone sleeping rough?

This week's questions are answered by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue

‘They are tolerated but not valued while we look at our watches, waiting for them to be off our hands’

Archbishop’s last word: our view of elderly is a scandal

Rowan Williams uses final speech in House of Lords to decry society’s attitude to older people

David Cameron: Labour is the party of 'unlimited welfare'

Prime Minister hit back after the Labour leader accused ministers of drawing up tax policies designed to benefit wealthy supporters

Care home directors and owners to be made criminally liable for abuse

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Mark Carney: The outsider wins again

The Bank's new Governor, Canadian Mark Carney, is a dark horse who is needed to bring in a new beginning, says Russell Lynch

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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