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.

Anni Dewani, pictured with her husband

Anni Dewani murder: Third South African man found guilty of killing honeymoon bride

Two years after Anni Dewani’s life was brutally cut short on honeymoon, her killer has been convicted.

American fashion brand Unionmade is actually not union-made

Busting Unionmade's manufacturing myths

What's in a name? Quite a lot actually, as the American fashion brand Unionmade is finding out. Unionmade clothing is, you see, not union-made.

Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund

Sofie Grabol: Bosses tried to axe Sarah Lund's jumper

The Killing star Sofie Grabol has revealed that TV bosses tried to take away her alter ego's trademark woolly jumper and even put the hard-nosed Danish detective in heels for the new series of the hit TV drama - but that their plan backfired.

WhatsApp Messenger tops iPhone app chart again

The hugely popular free instant messaging system WhatsApp Messenger is at number one again in the paid for iPhone app chart this week.

Money Insider: Scandal of PPI puts users off new-style cover

It's not surprising consumers are hesitant about signing up for any form of insurance protection in the face of the seemingly never-ending Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) debacle.

This year ’s British Matchplay Scrabble Championships were played out over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend

Quaazy, zowpig and splawder: Scrabble plans to include English regional terms in dictionary

Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.

Invisible Ink: No 147 - Thomas Guthrie

Pity the comic writer; loved by the public but forever dismissed by critics, never taken seriously, rarely regarded as important.

Should your boss be your Facebook Friend?

Should you Friend your boss on Facebook?

In a sign of our changing times, a forthcoming white paper out of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton school bears the title, "OMG My Boss Just Friended Me."

El-Hadji Diouf and Steven Gerrard clash in 2010

El-Hadji Diouf: 'Nobody can stand Steven Gerrard at Liverpool'

El-Hadji Diouf has launched a stinging attack on Steven Gerrard, a player he failed to see eye-to-eye with when the pair played together at Liverpool.

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 – Review

Slow, methodical and brilliant as ever.

Chanel funds buyout of Scottish cashmere firm

Chanel has stepped in to rescue a Scottish cashmere maker after other buyers walked away.

How We Met: Katie Hillier & Patrick Grant

'We stayed out till 6am – when Patrick suddenly disappeared to get his flight home'

Errors and Omissions: Can you only be stabbed in a frenzied attack?

Our legendary pedant on hunting in and outdoors, the art of not giving everything away, and Boris Johnson's sporting achievements

He described himself as ‘right but intransigent’; Commoner in 1971

Barry Commoner: Scientist who forced environmentalism into the world's consciousness

In 1980 he ran for President as Citizens Party candidate; he received 0.25 per cent of the vote

Labour to embrace David Cameron's 'big society'

Ed Miliband has described it as a “failure” while his Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said it was just a “big con”.

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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