News Aloni in 1992, the year she formed the Meretz Party

Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.

Jones: 'her memory and intellect remained undimmed,' said her local MP, Simon Hughes

Grace Jones: Britain's oldest person, who worked as a seamstress and a civil servant until her retirement in the 1960s

Grace Jones was the oldest person in Britain and the last person in this country to have been born in the 1800s, during the reign of Queen Victoria. Her 113 years of life encompassed the invention of the aeroplane, the development of electronic communications and two world wars. She was the sixth oldest person in the world.

Police have arrested two people in connection to the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

FGM arrests: Police detain two people in London over the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Bangladesh sentences 152 former paramilitary soldiers to death for killing 74 in 2009 mutiny

Guards from Bangladesh Rifles staged two-day insurrection in 2009 over pay and other grievances

Abraham Nemeth: Inventor of a Braille system for science and mathematics

Abraham Nemeth was a blind mathematician and college professor who developed a widely used Braille system, the Nemeth Code, that makes it easier for blind people to become proficient in mathematics and science. As a college student in the 1930s he had been discouraged from studying maths because it was assumed that a blind person would not be able to follow equations and calculations written on a blackboard.

Don't let skills of the elderly go to waste

We would view it as a tragedy if young people were left to languish

Chaffinch Brook on Wimborne Way

10 years on, Thames Water ordered to pay sewage victims

'I have to call Thames Water at least three or four times a year. The smell catches my throat'

Five-minute memoir: Camilla Morton, John Galliano's right-hand woman, on life at the 'creative Camelot'

'Eyes wide as saucers, I watched Galliano, absorbing every detail'

Hundreds rescued by National Guard as muddy mountain floods hit Colorado

The inundation since Wednesday has killed four people and turned towns on Colorado's expansive eastern plains into muddy swamps

Make a voyage of discovery to the Galapagos Islands – on Google Street View

Public can now virtually explore the islands for the first time after launch to mark anniversary of Darwin’s visit 178 years ago

Ofwat threat to pull plug on Thames Water bills rise

The water regulator Ofwat today criticised Thames Water’s unprecedented demand to hike Londoners’ bills by almost £30 next year.

There is another housing bubble… it is high-rise and lacks proper amenities

The Alexander, Richmond Park, Newt & Ferret, Cambridge, Kelly Arms, Swan, Six Bells… all pubs that used to be near my house. Now, all closed and, in most cases, either turned into flats or about to be turned into flats.

Charlotte Tilbury

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With the advent of each season comes a host of new brands, Rebecca Gonsalves highlights some of the best

What’s new in store at Liberty?

From blue tits to badgers, Liberty’s autumn gifts are wild at heart, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Google Doodle celebrates influential composer Claude Debussy with Clair de lune sequence

The works of Achille-Claude Debussy were considered a seminal force in the classical music of the 20th Century

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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