News Council tax set to rise by as much as five per cent

The amount paid by households towards the cost of policing looks set to rise by up to five per cent this year as the Government faces a potential show down with its flagship Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who are demanding above inflation increases in council tax to combat swingeing budget cuts.

Steel giant Tata to cut 900 jobs

Steel giant Tata is cutting 900 jobs and closing 12 sites under plans to improve competitiveness, the firm announced today.

Anna Ryder Richardson wildlife park fined after falling tree bough hospitalised three-year-old boy

A wildlife park run by TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband has been fined £70,000 for health and safety breaches.

7/7 victim wins residency fight

A professor injured in the London 7/7 bombings and facing expulsion from Britain has won his fight to remain in the country.

Police elections: The Winners and Losers

Lord Prescott loses to Tory in Humberside but vows to fight on

Fire brigades called to deal with weight issues – 2,700 times

Fire brigades have been called to more than 2,700 incidents over the past five years to assist severely obese people, figures show.

Alun Wyn Jones reveals 'tingle' factor of staying with Wales

If French clubs had the pick of Wales' star players then it is likely that Alun Wyn Jones would feature prominently on their shopping lists.

Co-op to create hundreds of jobs as it opens new Avonmouth distribution centre

The Co-operative Group today opened a new distribution centre through a £22 million investment which will create hundreds of jobs.

Micah Richards is taken off in the Premier League game against Swansea

Manchester City defender Micah Richards out for four months

Micah Richards will be out of action for far longer than originally feared and expects to be sidelined for up to four months after having surgery on the knee injury he suffered on Saturday.

Ford's new Transit

Ford meeting raises fears over Southampton Transit factory future

Union leaders have been called to a meeting with motor giant Ford amid fears over the future of the firm's van factory in the UK.

Police release full details of 14 victims of hit-and-run rampage through Cardiff that killed woman, 32

Witnesses say van deliberately targeted pedestrians in five different locations

UK full of doorstep challenges, says guide

Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, swimming with whale sharks and cycling across the beautiful Himalayan mountains: all these make for once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences.

Disabled man who was robbed while he sat in wheelchair makes appeal for help

A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants.

Search widens as deadline to release April suspect nears

All 44 police forces in England and Wales are now helping in the hunt for missing five-year-old April Jones, it emerged last night, as officers and search teams continued their efforts through driving rain in Machynlleth.

The Labour leader during a question and answer session yesterday

Sketch: Meet Miliband Mark II – beware, ladies, he's a bit of a flirt

It's hard to keep up with Ed Miliband's dizzying transformation: from robotic geek to visionary leader to shirtsleeved heart-throb in a mere couple of days.

Millions to vote in police chief elections

Voting takes place next month in marathon polls to pick 41 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in England - outside London - and Wales.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn