News Mr Starmer stood down last month and has gone back to private practice

Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

Hundreds of classes cancelled across the UK as university staff strike again

University campuses up and down the country went quiet for a second time in only six weeks, after academics, lecturers and support staff once again went out on strike yesterday.

Researchers find ‘alarm’ that gives warning of recurring cancer

An alarm signal from the immune system offers an “invaluable” early warning of returning cancer, research has shown.

Robin Thicke's advert was deemed too raunchy for daytime TV

Robin Thicke claims British people don't 'get' Blurred Lines following advert ban

The singer said the song, which has been banned by a number of British institutions, has been misunderstood

Clash of the campus titans: Varsity for beginners

Leeds student Rosie Collington is beginning to see what the fuss is about

Robin Thicke performing in June of this year

Blurred Lines debate: Drawing a line under Thicke's lyrics

Banning Thicke's Blurred Lines is not a issue of free speech but of student unions catering to the most vulnerable in their communities, argues Rosie Collington

Student societies can help people make friends and build support networks

Student pastoral care: All the support you'll need

Universities and student unions have joined forces to strengthen welfare networks for undergraduates

World Championships: Marathon effort by Britain's Susan Partridge who pulls off a rare top-10 finish

Susan Partridge got the British team off to a relative flying start yesterday with a top-10 finish in the first event to be decided at the World Championships, the women's marathon.

Plants reveal their secrets: Scientists have worked out why some grow tall and some wide

Scientists have discovered why some plants grow tall and upright and others spread out wide, in a breakthrough that could revolutionise agriculture, potentially boosting crop production worldwide.

Meltdown: the Grace satellite has detected a rapid acceleration in the melting of glacier ice in Greenland and Antarctica

Massive ice sheets melting 'at rate of 300bn tonnes a year', climate satellite shows

The Grace satellite measures tiny fluctuations of the Earth’s gravity field resulting from the loss of ice into the sea

Marriage between first cousins 'doubles risk of having baby with life-threatening birth defects'

Children born to parents who were not cousins but were closely related also had an increased risk

Nicola Mendelsohn, a former advertising executive, is an outspoken advocate of flexible working hours for mothers

Nicola Mendelsohn gets top Facebook job as head of European operations – so can she pack it into a four-day week?

She is successful, driven and widely respected in the advertising and media worlds. But the British woman who was given the helm of Facebook Europe is unusual for another reason – her insistence on working a four-day week.

Amanda Knox with ABC News' Diane Sawyer

'Eventually I want to pay respects at Meredith Kercher's grave': Amanda Knox opens up about murder case in TV interview with Diane Sawyer

25-year-old says she now wants to be 'reconsidered as a person' in first appearance since being cleared

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK after lung cancer

Bowel cancer rates for men rise by 29%

Increase may be linked to obesity and diets high in red and processed meat

One study claims one in four students knows someone who has worked in the sex industy to pay their fees

How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to bills, loans and university fees

Research suggests higher fees are pushing some to seek extreme sources of income

Colin Firth condemns 'cruelty' of Home Office decision to deport seriously ill woman to Nigeria

Actor Colin Firth has condemned “the cruelty” of a Home Office decision to deport a seriously ill woman to Nigeria, where doctors say she may die because of the limited availability of affordable healthcare.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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