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.

Bad weather hits Debenhams' profits but store puts confidence in new clothing ranges

Debenhams today pledged that Britain's second-biggest department store chain would make progress over the rest of the year after first-half profits were hit by the snow in January.

George Osborne appears to be crying and is seen wiping away a tear during the service

Andy McSmith's Diary: George Osborne’s tears - a sight for sore eyes

Just when a large number of people had come to doubt it, it transpired that the Chancellor George Osborne is, in fact, human. A camera caught him at the funeral with tears in his eyes and a tear stain down his cheek.

Storm in a teacup: The Flying Dutchman

Classical review: The Flying Dutchman - Love among the sewing machines and sarnies

A perpetual voyager is saved by selflessness and a terrific chorus

The Mob Museum

Downtown Las Vegas is on the up

Museums dedicated to neon and mobsters, new bars, and a cultural centre – Chris Coplans on the reinvention of Sin City

Baroness Thatcher with her mother in 1945. Their relationship has been the subject of much speculation

The woman who brought up Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher’s mother is conspicuously absent from the Baroness’s memoirs

Paul Marinaccio said he felt like a prisoner in his own home. 'I can’t get in my garage because of the frogs. They’re right in front of the damn door,' the road construction company owner said

US man with frog phobia wins $1.6m in damages after run-off water turns home into amphibian-friendly wetland

A man with a phobia of frogs has won $1.6million in damages after run-off water from a neighbouring property turned his home into an amphibian-friendly wetland.

Richard Armitage: 'I wish I could jump out of character; I'd be more popular'

I never like to go out of character when filming starts I fear that if I do, I might not be able to pick it up again. This was particularly the case with the character Thorin Oakenshield [in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit]. He's moody and broody, so people kept their distance from me during the production. I wish I was good at jumping out of character in between takes, as I'd be more popular socially.

Nothing is straightforward on the street that is the home of the bespoke suit

Pattern changes for Savile Row

The London home of the world's finest tailors is awash with takeover rumours. Laura Chesters reports

The boys are back in town: London is once again the centre of the menswear universe

London fashion is booming. Statements such as this have been uttered since the mid-Nineties and that Vanity Fair 'Cool Britannia' cover, but by and large they have been directed at London's attention-grabbing womenswear scene.

The Business Matrix: Friday 5 April 2013

Debenhams signs Sewing Bee's Grant

The Great British Sewing Bee

A home economics lesson too far: Can 'The Great British Sewing Bee' live up to 'Bake Off'?

The recession has made domestic gods and goddesses of us all. In the past five years television has produced Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas, The Great British Bake Off and now The Great British Sewing Bee, which airs tonight. 

Pole dancing could appear at the 2016 Olympics if the petition is successful

Teachers condemn 'raunch culture' for fuelling sexism under the guise of irony and empowerment

National Union of Teachers will today claim women's liberation has been set back 40 years by a culture that has led to student union beauty pageants and pole-dancing exercise classes

Dr King on the Mall in Washington in August 1963, at the time of his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech campaigning for racial equality

Special report: Martin Luther King is today revered in death as he was feared in life

The sniper’s bullet only served to increase his power, writes Rupert Cornwell

Exmouth beach

Don't come on in... the water's terrible: major reduction in number of recommended beaches

A dip in the sea will be the last thing on many people’s minds this Easter – but that may be for the best on some parts of the coast, with the quality of seawater dramatically worsening at famous British bathing spots because of last year’s heavy summer rainfall.

Constant writer: John le Carré’s 23rd novel is out in April

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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