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

Ashes 2013: Australian batsman Steve Smith defends England players behaviour in wake of Shane Warne arrogance remark

Smith claims series has been 'hard but fair' and also denies that any player has been cheating following cheating allegation accusation

Luis Suarez at Anfield

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez will not move to Arsenal despite outburst that Liverpool promised to let him go

Reds manager has insisted that wantaway striker will be going nowhere after the striker claimed Liverpool agreed to sell him should they fail to qualify for the Champions League

Luis Suarez at Anfield

Transfer news: Luis Suarez rocks Liverpool with news he will submit a transfer request later this week if they block move to Arsenal

Uruguayan striker has accused the club of going back on their word that he could leave this summer should they fail to qualify for the Champions League

Mark Thompson

Is New York Times boss Mark Thompson the luckiest CEO in the world?

He was at Channel 4 when the ad market  was soaring, left the BBC before the Savile scandal and has now inherited a booming New York Times. Ian Burrell  reports on the latest chapter of a charmed career

Fantasy stuff: Fflur Wyn as Alice

Alice the opera: Happy to watch her arrive, but sad to see her go

In this final report, Michael Volpe is overjoyed to finally see Alice on stage

Plans are afoot to grant motorists a 15-minute grace window allowing them to park on double yellow lines

Eric Pickles's plan to give 15-minute grace on double-yellow lines is denounced as 'unworkable'

Lib Dems split over support for cabinet colleague

Glenys Stacey: Ofqual chief says seminars can still pay a key role

Ofqual retreats over banning exam boards from holding seminars for teachers on A-levels and GCSEs

Teachers said the sessions were essential to continue to explain Government reforms

Andre Villas-Boas

Barcelona set to appoint Tito Vilanova's replacement next week with Andre Villas-Boas the current favourite

Tottenham boss refused to comment on the matter suggesting 'it's not the moment to speak about any speculation'

Lib Dems roll out plans for free bus travel for children

Children across the country could be offered free bus travel under plans being considered by the Liberal Democrats.

Usain Bolt pats Asafa Powell on the head after edging him out in the 100m in Oslo

Sebastian Coe says athletics cannot afford to lose fight against doping

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell have tested positive

Report out today will highlight major failings across 14 NHS hospital trusts

Sir Bruce Keogh's investigation will suggest that 14 trusts had higher than average mortality rates

Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance

Tyson Gay dropped by sponsor Adidas after failed drugs test

World of athletics continues to tremor as the fallout from failed tests continues

The i is only newspaper title to record year-on-year growth

The i newspaper was the only national newspaper title to record year-on-year growth in official circulation figures released today.

Stock photograph of two-week-old boy

Half of all babies born out of wedlock

With marriage in decline and pregnancy on the rise, the majority of all babies could soon be born to unmarried mothers

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates the series victory
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there