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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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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

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'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor