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MP quits sleaze watchdog role amid expenses probe

The MP in charge of the Commons sleaze watchdog stood down tonight pending an inquiry into his second home allowance claims.

Clarke Carlisle: 'I don't know why I started to drink'

Clarke Carlisle is 'Britain's Brainiest Footballer' but even he can't explain why he fell foul of alcoholism. Ahead of tomorrow's fearsome derby with Blackburn the Burnley defender tells Ian Herbert how crime thrillers, the church and fighting racism have replaced the booze

Capello's red beam keeps Terry on the spot

The England captain reveals to Sam Wallace that the Italian's intense team debriefing, complete with unsparing use of a laser pointer, has left no hiding place for those, such as Rio Ferdinand, who make mistakes

Derek Pain: Marston's makes play for Whitbread territory

Bo Pain, No Gain

Business Dairy: Not the thin end of the wedge for Sir Stuart

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose vigorously defends his decision to cut the time customers have to return unwanted products from 90 days to 35 days. M&S has had only five letters on the matter, Sir Stuart says: four were supportive, and the fifth came from a lady angry that after a long but finally successful diet she now finds herself unable to return M&S clothing that is too big.

Derek Simpson: With friends like these, Gordon Brown has no need of enemies

Jane Merrick meets the joint leader of Unite, ahead of the TUC conference in Liverpool

Staycation UK: Wish you were here – Oh! You are!

For the first time in a generation, more Britons are likely to holiday at home this year than to go abroad. David Randall and Greg Walton investigate

Tourist numbers fall for first time in seven years

Economic downturn blamed for 17% drop in visitors from the US

Record rise hits jobless total

Unemployment has soared to almost 2.4 million after a record number of people joined the ranks of people out of work, grim new figures showed today.

It's a very nice house in the country (but not for an orgy)

Wealthy guests sipped champagne, but at midnight everything suddenly changed

Conman found guilty of lover's Travelodge murder

A former British Airways steward was found guilty today of murdering his partner in a Travelodge hotel room.

Man 'injected vodka for thrill' says murder accused

A gay con artist accused of murdering his partner said he had started looking at suicide websites and injecting vodka for a "thrill" before he died.

48 hours in: Bath

The Roman Baths are at the heart of this Unesco World Heritage city, which also boasts genteel parks and a boutique shopping area. Charlotte Hindle dips her toes into its cultural waters

Credit crisis diary: Deutsche man will outpace all rivals

No one can say that Deutsche Bank's new UK chief executive is not fit for the job. When not running a successful investment banking operation, Colin Grassie spends his time running triathlons. The former Scottish youth rugby international apparently has a personal best of just under 14 hours for the full ironman triathlon, which consists of a 3,800m swim, a 180km bike ride and then a marathon.

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen