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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Derby keep faith in Clough

Derby County have reiterated their support for manager Nigel Clough following Monday's FA Cup third-round defeat to non-League Crawley. It had been thought that Clough, having overseen a run of seven losses in nine games, would be dismissed, but the Championship club's chief executive Tom Glick said the result had to be put into long-term perspective.

New date for Potters Bar train crash court case

A new date has been set for the court case in which Network Rail (NR) and maintenance company Jarvis Rail face health and safety charges over the 2002 Potters Bar train crash which claimed seven lives.

Warner buys Harry Potter studios

Warner Brothers announced yesterday that it had bought the British studios where the Harry Potter franchise was filmed, raising hopes of a resurgence in home-grown cinema.

Saracens' crumbling citadel falls to Davis

Saracens 9 Exeter Chiefs 23: Back-up fly-half orchestrates stunning away victory for extraordinary Chiefs

Life term for driver who mowed down man

A driver who deliberately mowed down and killed a man after following his cab home from a club was jailed for 18 years today.

The Championship - players to watch

The new Championship season opens tonight when Norwich take on Watford at Carrow Road.

Sports Book of the Week: You Are The Ref by Paul Trevillion and Keith Hackett

Who will win the World Cup is anybody's guess, but there's one sure bet: there will be the traditional roster of controversial refereeing decisions.

Reward to locate severed thumb victim's body

The family of an alleged kidnap victim whose severed thumb was found in a street have offered a £10,000 reward for information to help find his body, police said today.

Lib Dem campaign takes off in vital marginal as Labour and Tory voters defect

If the nation's sudden love affair with Nick Clegg lasts until polling day the Liberal Democrats are on track to pick up a three-way marginal being strongly targeted by the Conservatives, a survey by The Independent suggests.

Questions Of Cash: 'I'm upset over treatment at French Connection'

Q.We corresponded in 2008 regarding excessive bank charges, which you featured under the heading "I was broke but my bank still charged me". Guess what, I'm broke again! I have lost income during the recession, this has led to me being ill and I owe university fees. When you took up my complaint, the legal action on excessive fees had just begun. I was suffering financial hardship at the time of the charges, but this had eased by the time I made my claim, so the bank rejected my claim for a refund. Following the Supreme Court decision finding in favour of the banks, are there grounds for a refund of charges if a person again suffers financial hardship? RH, Hove.

Tribute paid to man found dead in country park

The mother of a man who was found dead in a country park described her son as a "gentle giant who who wouldn't hurt a fly".

Man 'run over after being followed from club'

A father of three was deliberately run over and killed after being followed from a club, the Old Bailey heard today.

From Watford to Land's End, almost

Even blizzards can't stop this newspaper getting to your doorstep on time. Matthew Bell followed it from the printers

Sarries braced for rough stuff from Leicester

Title-chasing Saracens make changes as Tigers find the boot is on the other foot

High street target of the new Vikings

Clas Ohlson, the latest Scandinavian retailer to hit these shores, is hoping its Woolies and Ikea hybrid will attract UK shoppers.
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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable