Ed Miliband plans tax on bank bonuses

Getting young people into work using a tax on bankers' bonuses is a major priority for the Labour Party, leader Ed Miliband said as he launched his local election campaign.

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Band of Skulls singer, Emma Richardson, takes on the art world

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Briton and crew sail round the world in 45 days

On his fourth lap of the planet, Brian Thompson beats previous fastest time by a wide margin

A$AP Rocky follows the hip-hop tradition of creating an alter ego to exorcise the darker side

Round-up: Hammers close the gap as 10-man Saints slip up

West Ham United moved up to second in the Championship after a Kevin Nolan goal midway through the second half was enough to beat relegation-threatened Coventry City 1-0 at Upton Park yesterday. The former Newcastle midfielder headed home from close range to give Sam Allardyce's side only their second win in six games.

January liver detoxes are 'futile' say hepatologist

Going on a New Year detox to cleanse your liver is "medically futile", health experts warned yesterday.

Scuffling congregation members interrupt mass

A priest feared parishioners' lives were in danger when a fight broke out in his church during midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Adkins looks for additions to Southampton squad

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins plans to add a few new faces to his "close-knit squad" in order to keep their promotion charge on track.

All together now: Nigel Adkins' managerial style has its roots in the collective of Liverpool's famed bootroom

Bearpit brings best out of Adkins

Southampton's relentlessly optimistic manager can't wait for the renewal of a hostile local rivalry

Hunt names 20 local TV areas

Twenty cities likely to launch local TV services have been named by Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary.

Life-enhancing: Berthoud's expressive face enlivened everything he did

Professor Jacques Berthoud: Scholar of English and French lauded for his inspired teaching

Despite the storm clouds of apartheid, an intellectual and cultural cross-traffic between Britain and South Africa flourished in adversity. One of the castaways was Jacques Berthoud, who arrived here in 1967. His coming, to teach first at the University of Southampton and then in 1979, as Professor of English and Related Literature, at York, had an electrifying effect on both universities. But it spread far beyond them, as the many students whom he inspired took what they had learned from him, never to be forgotten, and passed it on.

Emma West and Mark Rowe with Lewis, who has the same condition that killed his sister

Independent Appeal: Someone to lean on during a family's darkest hour

When a child is terminally ill, the parents endure a traumatic and bewildering experience

Round-up: Brighton swear Walton was guilty

Peter Walton, the experienced Premier League referee and the oldest member of the Select Group, was accused on Saturday of swearing at players while sending off Mauricio Taricco, the Brighton defender and assistant manager, for similar language.

Dave Jones: 'I'd rather have been accused of murder'

The former Stockport, Southampton, Wolves and Cardiff City manager rebuilt his life after false accusations of child abuse. He now wants another crack at the big time.

De Ridder rides tothe rescue for Saints

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