Life and Style Thousands of wealthy mothers are leaving their jobs in order to take care of their children themselves

A third of parents said they did not see enough of their children because of work

Vandals cause £1m in damage to wealthy MP's estate

Attack allegedly occurred just hours after Mr Benyon was told he had been sacked as Government minister

Lord Deben: Climate change science is 'akin to evidence linking cigarettes to cancer'

Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change warns some sceptics are being given too much coverage in the media

Scales of justice: the Ministry of Justice is pushing through a £220 million annual cut to the criminal legal aid bill

Decision not to charge two doctors over gender-based abortions was right, DPP Keir Starmer says

The decision not to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby remains the right one, the country's top prosecutor has said.

The key to Einstein's genius? An unusually 'well connected' brain, says study

High-resolution photos of the influential physicist's brain find more extensive 'links' different regions

Nairobi Westgate attack: American family speak of heroic rescue by Kenyan man

The family rescued by the brother of an anti-terror agent have spoken of their ordeal, after coming under siege by terrorists in a Kenyan shopping mall.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to prevent councils from using the cameras to maximise their income from parking fines.

Councils' use of CCTV to fine motorists for parking to be made illegal

Councils in England could be banned from using CCTV cameras and "spy cars" to hand motorists parking fines under new government proposals

BBC staff seen yawning, eating and playing in open-plan newsroom

Yawning, hugging, playing and even lightsaber-ing are all on a list of activities BBC viewers are reportedly finding distracting when watching serious broadcasts.

<b>Anderson makes an early impression</b><br/>
Having chosen to bat first in the first Test at Trent Bridge, England would have been disappointed to only make 215, being bowled out inside 60 overs. However Australia’s fragile looking batting card was soon on the receiving end of a more humiliating demolition.<br/>
After Steven Finn took two wickets in two balls to get things going for the home side, James Anderson removed almost the entirety of the Australian top order as well as picking up the wicket of James Pattinson to leave the tourists reeling at 117/9. While a record 10th wicket stand got them out of trouble on this occasion, Anderson’s figures of 5/85 had set an early benchmark for the series and he followed it up with 5/75 in the second innings.

The Ashes: James Anderson defends England attack ahead of Australia tour

England's selectors named one of the tallest pace units in memory

Fernando Alonso gives Mark Webber a lift back to the pits after his car stopped out on the Singapore track on the slowing down lap

F1: Mark Webber labels punishment for 'taxi ride' from Fernando Alonso as 'comical'

The Red Bull driver broke down on the final lap

Ed Miliband addresses a crowd in Brighton

Labour Party conference: Ed Miliband pledges to increase minimum wage as Rachel Reeves says people on £60,000 'aren’t rich'

Shadow Treasury ministers says only 'privileged few' on salaries of more than £150,000 would be expected to contribute more

'Few, if any' Muslim hospital workers wear full veil

Muslim Council of Britain say those staff who do wear the veil are 'prepared to be pragmatic' and take it off when required

Plebgate one year on: IPCC says case surrounding Andrew Mitchell resignation involves 'allegations of complex conspiracy'

Nine Met Police officers are being investigated as part of investigation as watchdog defends itself against claims of 'rambling' investigation

David Attenborough says sending food to famine-ridden countries is 'barmy'

Veteran broadcaster has called for a debate on population control

A Muslim woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrives at Blackfriars Crown Court in London where a judge has ruled that she will be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence

Wearing niqab should be woman's choice, says Theresa May

Home Secretary's comments come after judge rules that woman must remove full-face veil to give evidence during trial

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