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Ex-archbishop of York quits church position over report into alleged abuse

Lord Hope steps down from role following finding of systemic failures by the Church of England over child abuse allegationsA former archbishop of York has resigned from his position as an honorary assistant bishop after a report into into allegations of child abuse by a former cathedral dean found systemic failures by the Church of England.Last weeks report by Judge Sally Cahill QC said Lord

Steven Gerrard: its up to Liverpool whether Im at Anfield next season

Former England captain has yet to sign contract extension I wont be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season Continue reading...

Pennsylvania 'survivalist' suspect captured after six weeks on the run

Police arrest 31-year-old Eric Frein, who is accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush outside a police barracks*Manhunt for survivalist leads police into dense forest*Police trail Frein as manhunt stretches into sixth week Continue reading...

DfID not doing enough to protect poor from corruption, says aid watchdog

Independent Commission for Aid Impact says women bearing brunt of corruption as department gets second-worst ratingThe UKs Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to address the petty but widespread corruption that blights the daily lives of the worlds poorest people and has a particularly corrosive impact on women and girls, Britains aid watchdog has warned.In a report pu

Nato frontline in life-or-death war on cyber-terrorists

From attackers trying to bring down planes to criminals targeting banks, the danger is growingIts been a busy week in the skies above Europes periphery, as Nato has repeatedly scrambled jets to track unusual sorties by Russian bombers.However lively the aerial game of cat and mouse has been, it is nothing compared to the digital skirmishing that goes on in and around the servers and systems

Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration activists at latest stop in campaign tour

With the possible exception of husband Bill, Clinton has been in demand in the lead-up to the midterm elections to bolster Democratic candidates chancesHillary Clinton was repeatedly heckled during a campaign stop on Thursday after immigration reform activists took turns to interrupt her speech before being escorted out of an auditorium by police.The coordinated protest during a rally for

Russian gas set to flow to Ukraine again after new supply deal agreed

EU steps in as guarantor for Kiev in three-way agreement, with sanctions against Russia in place as Ukraine conflict continuesUkraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday on the resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter after several months of delay during the conflict in Ukraine.European commission president José Manuel Barroso, who witnessed the t

Halloween: the science of cashing in

Halloween is increasingly popular, so you can expect to see countless articles, adverts, TV shows, product offers and more all themed around it, even if the association is extremely tenuous. Why does this happen? And isnt this article just another blatant example of it? Yes, yes it is.Its Halloween again. It feels like its only been a year since this blog last clumsily tried to combine scienc

Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge out of Real Madrid and Chelsea games

Liverpool forward still not recovered from calf strain Rodgers side begin demanding week at Newcastle Sturridge: my injury problems may be hereditaryBrendan Rodgers expects Daniel Sturridge to miss Liverpools most demanding week of the season as they play Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Chelsea in quick succession.Sturridge has not featured for Liverpool since 31 August because of a thig

QPRs Harry Redknapp hits out at FA over Rio Ferdinand ban for tweet

Three-match ban does not equate, says QPR manager QPR consider appeal and defender could face ChelseaFerdinand banned for three games over sket tweetHarry Redknapp said he was dismayed at the Football Associations decision to hand Rio Ferdinand a three-game ban and £25,000 fine for his controversial sket tweet, claiming the severity of the suspension did not equate to offences such as violent

Has Amelia Earhart's plane finally been found? Not so fast

A small group of wreckage hunters purports to have found a bit of Earharts Lockheed Electra aircraft. Its a good story, but critics of the find are more vocal than everA metal sheet, some small bones and an ointment pot may be the final artifacts of Amelia Earharts failed 1937 journey around the world, if a small group of wreckage hunters is to be believed. They could also be the remains of s

Horns review sympathy for the devil? Nope

Theres a smart black comedy trying to get out of this lumbering horror, but it and Daniel Radcliffe is devilishly dullFirst look review of Horns by Henry BarnesDaniel Radcliffe discusses Horns at Comic-ConSomewhere inside this lumberingly long fantasy-horror is a smart little black comedy trying to scuttle out. French scare specialist Alexandre Aja directs from an adaptation of the 2010 nove

Nasa's next generation of spacecraft and rocket designs stress safety and escape

As private spaceflight firms SpaceX and Orbital Science take charge of missions, Nasa returns to lessons of history to design safer shuttles*Disaster is stark reminder of the incredible dangers*Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blameHeeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of US rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance

Peaky Blinders recap: series two, episode five enthralling yet infuriating

Tommy reacted to adversity by complicating his love life still further, and Major Campbell forced Polly into a Faustian bargain, in an episode that cranked up the tension before the big finale_SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those who are watching series two of Peaky Blinders. Dont read on if you havent seen episode four._Click here to read Sarah Hughess episode four blogpost Continue rea

Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs

Labour party leader reacts after poll suggests Scottish National party could win up to 54 Scottish seats in 2015 electionEd Miliband has admitted that his party must fight for every hour and every day to hold on to its Scottish MPs after a shock poll predicted Labour could be wiped out by the Scottish National party next year.The dramatic poll for STV said the SNP could win up to 54 Scottish

Policy guide for civil servants to boost family life in the UK

Guidelines set out five questions that all civil servants need to consider before they go ahead with a policy changeCivil servants are to be required for the first time to check their policies to ensure they will promote family life in the UK.The initiative is the brainchild of the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, who is in charge of family policy. Continue reading...

Abdel Hakim Belhaj wins right to sue UK government over his kidnap

Court rules case of Libyan exile, who was flown to Tripoli and tortured, can go ahead despite government attempts to stop itA Libyan politician who was abducted in a joint MI6-CIA operation has welcomed an appeal court ruling that allows him to sue the UK government for his rendition, a decision that establishes a significant precedent for other claims.Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his Moroccan wif

Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale'  UN

UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly IsisThe United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on an unprecedented scale and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism.A report by the UN securit

Think before you tweet: FA has made £350,000 in Twitter fines since 2011

Governing body has investigated 121 cases in last three years Ashley Coles £90,000 fine is highest paid so farHarry Redknapp defends banned Rio FerdinandIt is the fundamental rule of Twitter: Think Before You Tweet. Yet scores of people in football, ranging from global superstars to non-league officials, have broken it after they have felt the red mist descend. The consequences have included

Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan factory to become aviation museum

Yankee Air Museum to move into old Willow Run plant following campaign to save building as commemoration of womens contribution to second world war effort Rosie the Riveter and other women workers in picturesA second world war aircraft factory in Michigan that was home to Rosie the Riveter has been saved from the wrecking ball following an $8m campaign to relocate a nearby aviation museum.

What kind of Nigeria will the Chibok girls come back to?

Hopes of release faded into weary cynicism this week. Its a feeling Nigerians have grown used toThe news that the Nigerian government and Boko Haram had reached a deal that would secure the release of the Chibok girls was received with excitement all over the world. I landed in Nigeria the day the news broke, and my phone was flooded with texts and messages to the effect of Have you heard?. The

I dont want my kid to end up on the scrapheap. So I send her private

Middle-class parents who choose state schools for their kids shouldnt be so smug. It does little for equalityToday thousands of parents seeking a secondary-school place for their children will be having a final mini-panic. The fiercely competitive application process for admissions is at an end, along with the seemingly endless school open-day trips and the scrutiny of Ofsted reports and league

Isis kills hundreds of Iraqi Sunnis from Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar province

Tribal militia had played prominent role in fighting al-Qaida and offshoots since 2007 Continue reading...

Chris Ofili: Night and Day review an artist speaking proudly for himself

Once notorious for his paintings encrusted with elephant ordure, Chris Ofili has blossomed into a complex, confident artist whose best work is his most recent as a new exhibition at New Yorks New Museum showsSee images from the exhibitionChris Ofilis Blue Devils: between black men and the policeChris Ofili came to prominence very early in his career so early, in fact, that it might have

How Winston Churchill is making life difficult for David Cameron

Boris Johnsons new book lauds a model of leadership no modern politician can live up toAmid the splendour of Blenheim Palace, west Oxfordshire, an area we might reasonably describe as David Camerons manor, Boris Johnson will on Friday night weave his spell. The mayor of London is promoting his new book a thing he rattled off to suppress the ennui of running the capital The Churchill Factor: How

Sierra Leones fight against Ebola infection: The world is not safe

Sparsely-equipped hospitals and beleaguered staff battle a disease whose victims outpace the number of beds being builtAll over Freetown, buildings, vehicles and people are being commandeered in the fight against Ebola. In the suburb of Wilberforce, in an old building for the telecommunications company Airtel, a dozen students loiter on a wall waiting to relieve staff from the trauma at the Ebo

Behind the rise of nanobreweries: 'The challenges of making beer on this scale are endless' - video

New York got a late start in the craft beer market, but the city is making up for lost time. The number of microbreweries jumped from three in 2011 to 14 this year. Small brewers benefit from tax breaks, but they still face many challenges. 'Real estate is one of the biggest obstacles you have in the city,' says NYC Brewers Guild president Kelly Taylor. 'That's why I think you are going to see a

Cameron stands firm against drugs legalisation despite Lib Dem pressure

Prime minister says no to drugs policy review after report fails to find link between tough laws and levels of illegal substance useDavid Cameron on Thursday set his face against a change in UK drugs policy after the Liberal Democrat crime-prevention minister Norman Baker hailed a Home Office-commissioned report finding no obvious link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use.Baker,

Will coal or solar power fuel Indias drive to bring electricity to its villages?

Narendra Modi says 400 million Indians without electricity will be connected, but plans for new coal mines are controversialThe village of Geer in Madhya Pradesh is about to undergo the simplest of revolutions. After 25 years of being told electricity is coming, it is finally here. After sunset we cant do anything so we sit in the darkness. The children cannot study. We go to bed early, says Ch

Showreel created in effort to boost UK box office takings

Film Distributors Association hopes 60-second compilation will entice public to the cinemaThis may have been a summer filled with sunshine, sport and an excess of strawberries, but one industry has not been basking in the unseasonably warm glow.The World Cup, Commonwealth Games and high temperatures have taken their toll on UK cinemas this year, who have faced a decline of almost 8% in admis


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