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The UK’s benefits and state pension are too low, the Council of Europe said yesterday – a claim that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed as “lunacy”.

Don't blame lad culture for misogyny, blame misogynist lads

The NUS report condemning 'laddism' isn't the right way to solve a social problem

A police officer will sue a petrol station owner on whose property she tripped and - she claims- injured herself

Policewoman in Norfolk sues petrol station owner over alleged injuries she got during a call-out

Leading MP says eventual ruling could have 'huge implications for every citizen'

It is not daft to suggest that smokers need psychiatric help

The nation’s dwindling band of smokers, skulking outside office doors, already resent being treated as pariahs. The suggestion that they may be dotty, too, will only enrage them further. But the argument is not as daft as it seems. It is a matter of statistics.

Rio Ferdinand has to cope with back and groin problems

Roy Hodgson to 'wait and see' over Rio Ferdinand's England future

The Manchester United defender pulled out of the England squad due to fitness concerns

Are universities doing enough to support students with mental health problems?

Statistics show students are struggling with mental health more than ever. Is your university doing enough to provide for your welfare?

Brendan Rodgers watches over Liverpool training

Daniel Agger backs Brendan Rodgers to deliver trophies at Liverpool

The Reds have improved under the former Swansea manager

Race goers place bets with book makers at the Cheltenham racecourse on the first day of the Festival

Cheltenham Festival: Fears for J T McNamara's future after operation on neck

Calls for faster medical response as Irish rider has surgery following his fall on Thursday

Body of dead newborn baby found by walkers in Greater Manchester

Police 'deeply concerned' for the welfare of the child's mother

Birmingham bus stabbing inquest adjourned

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a teenage girl who was stabbed on a bus as she travelled to school.

Institute of Ageing and Health for the West Midlands

'My little Tinkerbell': hearing told how nursing professor Sir George Castledine began 'sexually motivated' relationship with 83-year-old patient

One of Britain's most eminent professors of nursing declared his love to an 83-year-old patient who he nicknamed “my little Tinkerbell”, a conduct hearing has been told.

People perform better in mental tests at the age of 50 if they have engaged in regular intense activity since childhood

Healthy mind in healthy body: lifelong exercise keeps the brain working better

Lifelong exercise can lead to improved brain function in later life, a study has shown.

The 10 Best home gym equipment

Give expensive memberships a miss and turn your house into a health club with this range of exercise essentials

Six Nations: Late Ireland slip allows France to make point

Ireland 13 France 13: A second-half comeback in Dublin earns the visitors a draw for the second year in a row

Mentally ill people nearly five times more likely to be victims of murder than general population

People suffering from mental illness are almost five times more likely to be victims of murder than the general population, researchers have found .

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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