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Yesterday the Environment Secretary said Somerset Levels residents were ‘right to be angry’

Howling murder: Russian grandma kills wolf with axe

Who'd win in a fight - a wolf or a Russian grandmother? That's no hypothetical anymore, as it's been reported that 56-year-old Aishat Maksudova, out herding sheep and cattle, murdered a wolf with an axe.

Mark Thompson is the incoming chief executive of The New York Times

Is 'something strange' going on at the BBC?

ITV sent letter to BBC chiefs detailing allegations of abuse by Savile, weeks before TV exposé

Savile investigation: appointment of Legal firm linked to BBC questioned

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has been asked to reconsider the decision to appoint a legal firm that works for the BBC as the secretariat for the broadcaster's independent inquiries relating to sex abuse by Jimmy Savile.

George Entwistle told MPs today that the culture and practices and the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile to get away with child abuse

'A busy lunch': Director-General stuns MPs with excuse for his ignorance over Savile investigation

George Entwistle blames his colleagues – and confirms nine more claims of sexual abuse at BBC

Full BBC statement on Newsnight editor Peter Rippon standing aside

The BBC has today issued a correction to the blog by the editor of Newsnight, Peter Rippon.

Former Met boss Sir Ian Blair tells people not to vote in elections for police and crime commissioners

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair today encouraged people not to vote for police and crime commissioners next month.

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

'Draw a line' under Andrew Mitchell row, says 1922 Committee's John Whittingdale

A senior Conservative backbencher today said he hoped chief whip Andrew Mitchell will be able to “draw a line” under the row over his clash with police.

Bookmakers suffer as Cameron hits 100,000 Twitter followers

Bookmakers will be counting their losses today after David Cameron defied expectations by racking up more than 100,000 followers on Twitter in a matter of days.

Labour conference: Ed Balls promises Labour government would launch massive construction programme for Britain to build its way to economic recovery

The shadow Chancellor also tore into the Coalition for presiding over a return to recession by cutting too deep and too fast and for failing to invest in economic renewal.

Proud new dad Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Mr Osborne wants the George Osborne’s bold claims have failed the test of time

David Blanchflower: Osborne's 'consensus' has come crashing down

Economic Outlook: The consensus now seems to be that the Chancellor’s policies have resulted in failure

UK troops 'involved in Kenya death'

British soldiers were allegedly involved in the murder of a 21-year-old Kenyan woman, it was reported today.

Jeremy Hunt in Olympic bell mishap

Jeremy Hunt narrowly avoided injuring bystanders today when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration.

Jeremy Hunt defends chancellor's record

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt today defended George Osborne's record in office after a poll suggested nearly half of Britain's voters believe the Chancellor should be ousted.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links