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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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