Nascar legend Dick Trickle

Nascar legend Dick Trickle kills himself after warning police about body

Shortly before he was found dead, Trickle called officers to tell them 'there would be a dead body and it would be his'

The BMA report

How UK children are paying the price for the economic downturn

'Where is there a minister responsible for children's issues?'

Pick-pocket gang leader jailed for training Bosnian girls to target Asian tourists in Paris

A latter-day “Fagin”, who earned more than €1m a year by training Bosnian girls to pick-pocket Asian tourists in Paris, was jailed for seven years.

Bryce Reed appeared in court over alleged possession of a destructive device
Etta Mae Lopez, 31, is kicking her habit by slapping a Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy

Californian finds a slap-up way to quit smoking

Most people would just buy nicotine patches or maybe a Paul McKenna tape, but one California woman took a more dramatic approach to quit smoking.

Tobacco lobby told Government: branding ban will cost you millions

Department of Health civil servants met lobbyists from the cigarette manufacturer Imperial Tobacco before the Government shelved proposals to introduce plain packaging laws this week, it can be revealed.

Doctors condemn Government's decision to hold plans for plain cigarette packaging

President of Royal College of Physicians appeals for a rethink from Jeremy Hunt

Roll-your-own tobacco dents Imperial

Austerity-hit European smokers cut into Imperial Tobacco's first-half profits as they switched to roll-your-owns and illegal cigarettes.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 April 2013

Horse painkiller is found in corned beef

The News Matrix: Monday 8 April 2013

Nine arrested over building collapse

Electronic smoking devices invented by Hon Lik

Up in a puff of smoke? EU plan threatens e-cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups angry at new directive which could price devices out of market

London Irish on Channel 4

London Irish: C4 comedy about Ireland's binge-drinking diaspora accused of 'racism'

A new Channel 4 comedy series which depicts London’s Irish population as binge-drinking, English-haters suffering from a permanent hangover has been accused of “racism” by members of the community.

Anti-smoking campaigners protest in Manila

WHO concern at Philippine's support for tobacco fair

The Philippines has a strong tobacco industry, but it pledged to ban advertising

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

Mark Leftly: Why the big cover-up just won't work when it comes to choking off smokers

Outlook I always wanted to smoke but couldn't inhale. At least, not without nearly coughing up my guts. Those teenage attempts to impress girls and peers alike ended up with me spluttering and them laughing. But there was no doubt that if I could master the art of puffing a ciggie, then I would at the very least look like an appealingly dishevelled private eye from film noir.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain