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Former staff of a development quango were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery-making lessons at taxpayers’ expense, an investigation has found.

Drugs slip in as Britain grieves

Customs officers have seized more than pounds 2m worth of cannabis as smugglers took advantage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, to bring the drugs into Britain.

An empire awash with ambition

The sky's the limit for Procter & Gamble recruits. But it's hard to get in. Helen Jones reports

London's mayor? Turn again

Attempts to unify the city under one leader are doomed because of the disparate nature of the place, says David Walker

ready to wear : Holey orders

CROCHET. Almost immediately the image that springs to mind is something made from heavy-gauge wool that Mildred Roper would have worn in some lovely Seventies sitcom. But over the past few years, crochet has been a firm fixture in many a designer's collection - a black or cream crochet cardigan is a staple summer-evening piece. Wherever possible, go for synthetic or silk yarn, as this tends to be much finer and hence can be made up in garments that look pretty and delicate and also drape much better than that Roper-inspired, old-blanket look. Just watch out for cheap manufacturing because once a bit of it unravels, it all does. From this week, we shall also be quoting sizes on all clothes shown, partly to shame those that don't make clothes bigger than a size 14 and also to bring welcome attention to those that do.

Army firing squads killed boy soldiers

At least five of the 307 British soldiers sentenced to death during the First World War were under age but were still executed by army firing squads, it emerged yesterday.

Shot at dawn: the scared young men who lied to fight in Flanders

They were sick, cold, hungry, tired and terrified. They saw their friends bombed, gassed and cut to pieces in spectacular numbers and they were reduced to trembling wrecks by relentless shellfire and the imminence of their own demise.

Bedside manner fails to impress doctors on call

They do not feature in any medical text book, but every GP is familiar with them: the bizarre calls made in the small hours of the morning by patients who view their family doctor like the local pizza delivery man.

Voting in the council elections

This is the full list of results in last Thursday's council elections.

The key to khaki

Khaki is battledress. Melanie Rickey reports from the war zone: high streets here and in the US

Election '97: Official clock starts running as Parliament is dissolved

Parliament is formally dissolved today, starting the official clock running for the election on 1 May.

Minister gives green light to widen M25

A plan to widen part of the M25 to 10 and 12 lanes has been given the go-ahead by John Watts, the Roads Minister, after a Department of Transport official let slip that the scheme was essential to service the proposed fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Tories 'fighting like ferrets in a sack'

Election countdown

Row over hospital killer bug

Ministers were last night accused of taking a cavalier attitude to public health after it was revealed that there has been a tenfold increase in the number of hospital patients contracting a potential killer bug.

Woolly thinking

Pull the designer wool over your eyes - at high street prices.

Capital Shopping offers a haven in uncertain times

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines