News Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

No fracking will take place at a site in West Sussex which was at the centre of large-scale protests last year, energy company Cuadrilla has told residents.

Seven rescued for flats blaze

Seven people were rescued by firefighters today after a blaze broke out in the stairwell of their four-storey block of seafront flats.

Pc guilty of kicking arrested man

A policeman was convicted today of kicking a Trinidadian drug convict while arresting him.

Barnardo's gives ultimatum to Coalition over asylum-seeker deal

The charity Barnardo's has threatened to pull out of a deal to help operate a "family-friendly" detention centre for failed asylum-seekers, due to open this month, if the Government continues to break its promises on locking up children.

D J Taylor: Sarah has something to smile about...

...but what about the rest of us? The PM's 'happy' index may struggle if even a good bottle of wine doesn't guarantee nirvana

Barnardo's defends role in deportations

The children's charity Barnardo's was criticised for agreeing to run support services in a new deportation centre for families with children.

Ruling expected on airports sale

Competition chiefs are expected to finally confirm tomorrow that airport operator BAA will have to sell two of its airports.

Video: Seven charged over jail riots

Seven men have been charged in connection with riots at an open prison in West Sussex on New Year's Day.

Earthquake in English Channel

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 struck in the middle of the English Channel yesterday, the British Geological Survey said.

Businessman dies after fall from yacht

A businessman has died after falling overboard from a yacht competing in the Morgan Cup race. Christopher Reddish, 50, from south London, fell from the yacht – the Lion – 10 miles from Selsey Bill, West Sussex, on Friday night.

The Blagger's Guide To...Mervyn Peake

A great talent as writer, illustrator – and father

Treehouses: We've opened a new branch

Treehouses can provide a rustic retreat or luxury among the leaves, says Rhiannon Batten

The people versus the cuts (and, as ever, the lawyers will be the winners)

After protests and petitions, campaigners turn to judges to halt spending decisions. Matt Chorley reports on how the taxpayer still picks up the tab

Get Back: If you go down to the woods

Forget the property ladder – there are just as serious gains to be made reacquainting ourselves with Britain's woodlands by building a den. Spending a night under the leaves is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the world.

Chalk Talk: Starting up a successful school is not quite as easy as it looks

On the face of it, it looks embarrassing that the Government has had to turn away the vast majority of applicants to open up free schools under its flagship education policy – as we reported last week.

Man held over baby's death

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of an 11-month-old baby girl, police said today.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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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