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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”.

Manus Island guard ridicules asylum seeker on Facebook

Post by supervisor Darren Powell read: 'One of these jokers just swallowed a pair of nail clippers. RALMFAO'

Ashley Young goes down under the challenge of Hugo Lloris, but a penalty was not given

Collision with Hugo Lloris sees Ashley Young ruled out 'for some time', reveals Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Tottenham keeper took Young out in United's latest defeat at Old Trafford

Unemployed young people feel they have 'nothing to live for'

One in three long-term unemployed young people have contemplated suicide

Teenagers who fail to get five top-grade GCSE passes are more likely to feel “ashamed” and believe they have no talent

Failed exams leave 27 per cent of teens ‘ashamed,’ YouGov survey reveals

Teenagers who fail to get five top-grade GCSE passes are more likely to feel “ashamed” and believe they have no talent, according to research out today.

The immigration issue is overshadowing the spirit of optimism which once defined Cameron's Conservatism

There is a danger that the buzz and momentum around that initial modernisation is being lost

David Cameron visits a house in which was raided by Immigration officers on 18 December. The Prime Minister has been urged to tone down his language when talking about immigration as it is believed to alienate voters

David Cameron urged to soften tone on immigration

Conservative modernisers have urged David Cameron to tone down his harsh language on immigration and welfare because they believe it is alienating voters.

The Boat Shed in Nelson, New Zealand

New Zealand rescuers find mountain body in search for British hiker

Mountain rescuers searching for a British hiker in New Zealand have recovered a body at the bottom of a 330ft cliff, police have said.

Nadhim Zahawi, a member of David Cameron's policy board, has said families should be limited to claiming benefits for their first two children

PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi said the plan could save 'billions', as charities warn of 'devastating' impact on poor families

The number of people sleeping rough in London has risen by 13 per cent in the last year

Sudden rise in homelessness blamed on housing shortage and the 'bedroom tax'

Homeless charities raise the alarm after rough sleepers rise by 13 per cent in London this year, and six per cent across the country

Animal instinct: Marina Chapman was the subject of 'Woman Raised By Monkeys'

Woman Raised By Monkeys, National Geographic: Review - an incredible tale that masked a childhood of unspeakable trauma

In April of this year, Marina Chapman, a sixtysomething grandmother from Bradford, published an autobiography in which she made an astonishing claim. She said she had been kidnapped from her family home in Colombia at the age of five and abandoned in the jungle, where she was taken in and raised by a group of capuchin monkeys. Instead of just smiling and nodding politely, like many of the Breakfast TV interviewers did, National Geographic made Woman Raised By Monkeys, a documentary in which their cameras accompanied Marina on a trip to Colombia and attempted to investigate the veracity of her claims.

This Government has thrown the poor and vulnerable on the scrapheap

A freeze on council tax and cap on welfare will add to their misery

Nearly half of ethnic minority teachers feel 'racial discrimination has stopped them progressing'

Nearly half of teachers who are black or ethnic minority (BME) feel that racial discrimination has stopped them from progressing in their careers, a conference organised by a teacher union has heard.

Employment: Young targeted in crackdown on ‘jobless culture’

Jobless 18- to 21-year-olds without a basic standard of English or mathematics will be denied benefits unless they return to classes to improve their skills.

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

‘Know that your mother loved you; it is not your fault’: Judge’s heart-breaking message to baby girl of Italian woman forced to have a caesarean

Mother's lawyer says decision to make her have a c-section was 'absolutely unreasonable'

Fitness to work test DOES disadvantage mentally ill: Court of Appeal upholds ruling against Government

Hundreds of thousands of people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and autism have to go through the Work Capability Assesment to find out if they are eligible for Employment Support Allowance

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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