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People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday.

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Sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones we create and tell ourselves about the world around us.

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Fallen Elderly Lady

A local council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they've had a fall at home.

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Jeremy Corbyn

What strange people we Brits are. We spend years moaning that our politicians are cynical opportunists who don’t stand for anything. Then along comes an opposition leader who has principles - and he is dismissed as a joke.

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A man whose wife was killed by an elderly driver, who mistook the accelerator for the brake, has started a popular online petition calling for over-70s to be retested every three years.

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Global inequality is growing, with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population, according to a new report.

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A new 5p charge for plastic bags is to be introduced in England on 5 October. Here's what you need to know.

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Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party. What are his beliefs?

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Usain Bolt showed his dominance of men's sprinting at the athletics World Championship in Beijing this week with wins in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. What's his secret?

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‘World’s Poorest President’ Explains why we should kick rich people out of politics

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday.

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The 9 most damaging lies we tell ourselves daily

Sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones we create and tell ourselves about the world around us.

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Council proposes 'lifting charge' to help elderly up when they fall

A local council has defended plans to charge pensioners £26 to help them to their feet if they've had a fall at home.

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In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

What strange people we Brits are. We spend years moaning that our politicians are cynical opportunists who don’t stand for anything. Then along comes an opposition leader who has principles - and he is dismissed as a joke.

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Should drivers over 70 years old be retested?

A man whose wife was killed by an elderly driver, who mistook the accelerator for the brake, has started a popular online petition calling for over-70s to be retested every three years.

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Half of world's wealth now in hands of 1% of population

Global inequality is growing, with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population, according to a new report.

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The 5p plastic bag charge: All you need to know

A new 5p charge for plastic bags is to be introduced in England on 5 October. Here's what you need to know.

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24 things that Jeremy Corbyn believes

Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party. What are his beliefs?

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How does Usain Bolt run so fast?

Usain Bolt showed his dominance of men's sprinting at the athletics World Championship in Beijing this week with wins in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. What's his secret?

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We weep for African lions. But what about Black lives?

After American dentist Walter Palmer was identified as Cecil the lion's shooter, outrage -- and demand for him to be held accountable -- came quickly.

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Should police officers be charged with murder in the line of duty?

It’s a rough year to be a police officer. Theresa May’s speech to the Police Federation conference in May, telling them it was time to face reality.

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Benefit changes: Who will be affected?

Hundreds of thousands of UK families will be affected by cuts of £12bn in the UK's welfare budget announced by the chancellor.

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Met chief admits institutional racism claims have 'some justification'

Britain’s most senior police officer has said there is some justification to allegations that the Metropolitan police is institutionally racist.

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How time passes differently as you get older

Growing old changes people's perceptions of the past and the future, writes AL Kennedy.

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Frankie Boyle: What if David Cameron is an evil genius?

‘They abolished the Human Rights Act” sounds like the first sentence of an Aldous Huxley novel. The Conservatives actually campaigned on a manifesto pledge to get rid of human rights and people voted for it.

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Election 2015: How the opinion polls got it wrong

Following the outcome of the 2015 general election, a mixture of anger and contempt was showered on the pollsters who had spent six weeks suggesting a different result.

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Are some children born naughty?

Eyes blazing, expletives dripping from her rosebud lips, Honey hurls herself about the classroom in uncontrolled fury, throwing tables and chairs as she goes.

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The model with Down Syndrome determined to change the face of beauty

This is 18-year-old Madeline Stuart, a model with Down Syndrome who is trying to change the face of beauty.

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Back to the old school - but when was that again?

From early-80s hip-hop and Adidas Originals to rave and drum’n’bass, everyone has their own idea of which era 'old-school' refers to.

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Homeless Britons turn to the Sikh community for food

Homeless people in the UK are getting free meals thanks to a centuries-old Sikh tradition.

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Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity.

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Did this 100-year-old film make people racist?

When the first ever feature-length film premiered in LA 100 years ago, viewers were astonished by its cinematography. But it was also racist and helped revive the Ku Klux Klan.

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Can parents and non-parents ever understand each other?

There's little clear debate about why people choose to have children, or to remain childless, says the novelist Will Self.

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Pupils 'must know times tables by aged 11'

All children in England will be expected to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school, the government has announced.

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Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

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Why the most creative people flourish in clutter

All our lives, we've been told to 'be organized.' Organization has always been pegged as a direct key to success.

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Tackling the UK's 'diversity deficit' in the boardroom

'When I was growing up my career adviser gave me two options - a nurse and a teacher,' says 43-year-old Karen Blackett.

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What should happen to a released rapist?

Ched Evans's return to football has been met with a storm of protest. But how should rapists be treated when they leave jail?

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Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic, but it is not easy to treat.

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Woman receives 100 catcalls while walking around for a day

Ten hours of walking around New York City, 100 catcalls and one huge problem.

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11 signs that you're an old soul

There is a special type of person in our world who finds themselves alone and isolated, often times even since birth.

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20 deadliest diseases in human history

Human history is undoubtedly stained with the blood of men, women and children killed in war, but it is disease that is the world's biggest killer...

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More men face lonely old age, says study

Increasing numbers of men are facing loneliness and isolation in old age, suggests research.

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15 astounding facts about the human body

Nature has produced many wondrous things but few are more amazing than the human body. From your hard-working heart to your incredible brain, here are 15 facts to surprise you..

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10 shocking facts about 'super rich' inequality

To be in the top 1% of earners in Britain today, a couple with no children would need a minimum income of £160,000. A single person can enter the 1% with a little less, while a couple with children would need more.

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UK still a 'deeply elitist' country says new report

The UK is "deeply elitist" according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

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Musical training 'can improve language and reading'

Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children improve their reading skills, US research suggests.

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Who, What, Why: How many people infected with ebola die?

The ebola virus that has killed almost 1,000 people in West Africa this year is fatal for "up to 90%" of those infected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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What will 'Help to Work' mean for claimants?

The plan to help those out of work for more than two years was announced by George Osborne, the Chancellor, in September 2013, and took effect on 28 April 2014.

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Evolution: Human species 'may split in two'

Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.

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Benefits Street: James Turner Street 100 years ago

A TV show depicting many of the residents of Birmingham's James Turner Street as jobless benefit dependants has been accused of making the area seem rundown and crime-ridden.

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Quest to DIY a broken iPad or smartphone screen

Considering our reliance on smartphones and tablets, and their susceptibility to being cracked, it's surprising there hasn't been more of an outcry over why they are so difficult to fix.

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Why is government website carrying fake jobs?

The government's Jobmatch website is carrying bogus vacancies from nine online recruitment agencies run by a Baptist deacon in Coventry, who makes money by encouraging visitors to post their CVs.

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How India acid attack victim found love

Eight years ago, Laxmi's world turned upside down, and she began hating men.

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Benefits Street: Media targeting the poor and voiceless

How edgy must think it is, courageously reinforcing widespread prejudices, heroically hammering away at a message that is heard relentlessly already, bravely echoing the Government mantra about skivers.

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Forgotten history - The real story behind 12 Years a Slave

With 10 Bafta and seven Golden Globe nominations, 12 Years a Slave looks set to triumph this awards season.

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Young people 'feel they have nothing to live for'

As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.

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WW1 Truce - The truth about the Christmas kickabout

The guns fell silent, out came a football, a jolly good time was had by both sides - before the industrial slaughter of modern warfare resumed and carried on for the next four years.

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Explaining the racist response to the new Miss France

"I'm proud to represent a multicultural France," gushed Flora Coquerel last Saturday as she accepted the title of Miss France 2014. Unfortunately, some of her countrymen did not feel the same...

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Cute cats could be key to learning new languages

Amusing photos of cats may provide hours of entertainment for people browsing online but can they be used to help people remember things?

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How to prepare for a storm

Preparations are under way across England and Wales as weather forecasters predict one of the most powerful storms of recent years will hit.

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Social mobility: 'work no longer a cure for poverty'

Working parents in Britain 'simply do not earn enough to escape poverty', the government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn has warned.

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Is it too early to put the central heating on?

While temperatures drop, homes across the UK are gradually firing up the central heating. But why do some people feel the chill much earlier than others?

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Should full-face veils be banned in some public places?

A Muslim woman can stand trial wearing a full-face veil but must remove it to give evidence, a judge ruled on Monday.

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Dating: Could your best friend be the one?

Fed up with New York's serial dating scene, good friends Tim and Jessie decided to date each other instead.

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Snoring 'cured by singing exercise'

A study carried out by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has proved that snoring can be reduced simply by singing.

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10 mistakes parents make when reacting to results

It's a tense moment for families when exam results arrive. Emotions are running high. It's not just the students who are under pressure...

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Near-death experiences explained

A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report.

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Selfish traits not favoured by evolution, study shows

Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research.

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Secret of Usain Bolt's speed unveiled

Scientists say they can explain Usain Bolt's extraordinary speed with a mathematical model.

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Why have so few people heard of Emmett Till?

Beyonce has urged supporters of Trayvon Martin to be inspired by the protests that followed the death of another black teenager, Emmett Till.

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Who, what, why: Where are all the wasps?

It's summer, the sun is shining across the UK, but there don't seem to be many wasps around. Why?

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Hong Kong celebrates Bruce Lee's life and legacy

The world knows him as Bruce Lee, the cool and cocksure Chinese-American martial artist who unexpectedly burst into global cinematic consciousness in the early 1970s.

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Machine turns sweat into drinking water for Unicef

A machine that takes sweat-laden clothes and turns the moisture into drinking water is in use in Sweden.

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Sharia law spreads amidst Syria revolution

The murder of a boy accused of blasphemy has come to symbolise concerns about the power of Islamist radicals in Syria's armed uprising. Paul Wood reports from Aleppo on how Sharia is spreading in rebel-held areas.

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Five problems caused by Chinese lanterns

A massive fire at a recycling plant in the West Midlands is thought to have been started by Chinese lanterns. As well as fire risk they're associated with other problems.

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Can we make ourselves happier?

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.

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Rufus Norris: UK 'behind US' in black casting

Director Rufus Norris has said the UK still lags behind the US in casting black actors.

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'Excessive' use of face-down restraint in mental hospitals

The government is considering a ban on the use of face-down restraint in English mental health hospitals.

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Phone boxes: Do we really need them?

The red ones may be design classics, but when was the last time you actually used a phone box?

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I lost my arms and feet after bum boost injections

A mum of two told last night how her quest for a bigger bottom left her a quadruple amputee – and 24 hours from death.

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Problems of sexual abuse in the white community

Every day across Britain, it seems, there's a new and horrific revelation of sexual abuse...

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White Britons 'will be in minority by 2066'

Britain will be the Western world's most ethnically diverse nation after 2050, according to an explosive academic study.

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Luis Suarez row: How often do adults bite?

Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez has courted controversy yet again, this time by biting an opponent on the arm. How often do adults bite?

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Can people get by on only four hours' sleep?

Margaret Thatcher is famously said to have slept for only four hours a night. How easy is it to do a high-powered job on this amount of sleep?

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Margaret Thatcher and the taboo of speaking ill of the dead

Margaret Thatcher's death was greeted by a torrent on Twitter and elsewhere.

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Are Sharia councils failing vulnerable Muslim women?

BBC Panorama has uncovered fresh evidence of how some Sharia councils in Britain may be putting Muslim women "at risk" by pressuring them to stay in abusive marriages.

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Men are doomed: Scientist predicts the end of men

In the last few years various experts have come up with predictions for the 'end of men'.

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How are goths and emos defined?

Police in Manchester have begun recording attacks on members of sub-cultures, such as goths, emos and punks, as hate crimes. But how do you define and protect these groups?

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UK 'now has seven social classes'

People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

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The hidden price rises of April 1st

According to the poet TS Eliot, April can be the "cruellest" month.

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What can be done about dangerous dogs?

Following the death of Jade Anderson, the 14-year-old girl who was attacked and killed by five dogs, a range of experts explain what they think should be done about dangerous dogs.

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Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.

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Teenagers' 'mismatched' job ambitions

There is a "massive mismatch" between young people's career expectations and the reality of the jobs available, a major survey of teenagers suggests.

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Should we just learn to accept noisy lives?

Everybody wants to be able to have a little bit of peace and quiet. But the battle to get other people to keep the noise down can have unfortunate consequences, writes David Hendy.

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The strange status of 16-year-olds

The age of 18 is widely accepted as the start of adulthood but those one or two years younger occupy a strange twilight zone where they are given many freedoms and responsibilities but denied others.

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Viewpoint: What if women ruled the world?

Not so long ago, the idea that women might rule the world seemed slightly ridiculous - like something out of science fiction.

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One knife, one life - more than one sentence

Knife crime in the West Midlands is falling with 1,445 fewer offences in 2011/2012 compared to the same period in 2008/2009.

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Modern childhood 'ends at age of 12'

Childhood is over for many children by the age of 12, according to members of a parenting website.

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Why have the white British left London?

Something quite remarkable happened in London in the first decade of the new millennium. The number of white British people in the capital fell by 620,000.

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Why does everyone hate Birmingham?

Birmingham bashing has a long tradition dating back to Jane Austen. Unfair, says historian David Cannadine, as he defends his old stomping ground.

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'Every new car' connected to web by 2014

Five years ago mobile phones were at the forefront of technology, by 2010 the focus was on tablet computers...

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Jonathan Miller complains of ageism in the arts

Jonathan Miller's plays, operas and TV programmes have made him a grandee of British culture. Now 78, he says ageism has crippled his career and that he was "silly" to accept a knighthood.

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The Indian women forced into hysterectomies

Thousands of Indian women are having their wombs removed in operations that campaigners say are unnecessary and only performed to make money for unscrupulous private doctors.

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Search engine Google accused of racism

Google has been accused of racism after allegedly linking names usually associated with black people to adverts related to criminality.

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4 day week: Should people be off on Fridays?

The Gambia has shortened the work week, making Friday a day of rest. Is this the perfect pattern for a working week?

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CRB checks 'incompatible' with Human Rights Act

Blanket criminal records checks are not "compatible" with a key part of the Human Rights Act, the Court of Appeal has concluded.

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Why are so many over 30s men becoming dads?

Older fathers are no longer unusual. For the past 10 years, statistics show that nearly two-thirds of babies have been born to fathers aged 30 and over.

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Can building snowmen really help to prevent flooding?

As government directives go, advising people to build a snowman to help prevent flooding is among the more bizarre.

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Are the poor kids really the fat ones?

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry is no stranger to controversy.

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UK suicide rate rises 'significantly' in 2011

The number of people taking their own life in the UK rose "significantly" in 2011, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

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David Attenborough: Humans are 'a plague on the Earth'

Sir David Attenborough has warned that the human race has become a "plague on the Earth".

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10 things about school snow closures

Nearly 5,000 schools have been closed across the UK as snow and icy conditions continue. Here are 10 things about why schools shut and the impact closures have on parents and the community.

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Why are the British revolted by the idea of horsemeat?

Horsemeat has been found in beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets. But why do the British have such a revulsion over the idea of eating horsemeat?

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HMV and Jessops: can I still use my vouchers?

Music and DVD giant HMV is set to appoint an administrator as its closure threatens more than 4,000 jobs.

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Birmingham street gang eradication in 2013 'unrealistic'

It was a bold pledge by a senior police officer that within three years, street gangs in the West Midlands would be eradicated.

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Retracing the journey of early human beings

US journalist Paul Salopek is going to spend the next seven years walking from Ethiopia to the tip of South America, retracing the journey of early humans out of Africa and around the world.

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Half of all food 'thrown away' claims report

As much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, ends up being thrown away, a UK-based report has claimed.

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Careers fair offers young people new year, new start

Young people across Sandwell are invited to a careers fair to find out about opportunities open to them this new year.

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Does confidence really breed success?

Research suggests that more and more American university students think they are something special.

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Spiritual, but not religious

Research has suggested "spiritual" people may suffer worse mental health than conventionally religious, agnostic or atheist people.

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How India treats its women

People have called her Braveheart, Fearless and India's Daughter, among other things, and sent up a billion prayers for a speedy recovery.

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How to get your child into Britain's top schools

A mother-of-three who successfully prepared her son for exams that won him a place at a top school has written a guidebook for other parents to follow.

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Secrets of effective job hunting

Career coach Gina Visram offers advice (and unusual) interview tips!

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Prison rape: Is the US doing enough to protect inmates?

New measures are being implemented in the US to tackle rape and sexual assault in prison. But in Alabama, one women's prison has gained a notorious reputation for being unsafe.

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Viewpoint: How happiness changes with age

When it comes to happiness, it seems that the young and the old have the secret. And it turns out what's true for humans is also true for our primate cousins, explains neuroscientist Tali Sharot.

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25,000 people in the UK don't know they have HIV

Too many people are not educated about HIV and Aids, the Prime Minister has said, after figures suggest that a record number of people in the UK are living with HIV.

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Your Dreams Your Life, Make It Real Right Now!

Are you between 11 and 25 and do you have a great idea which with some focus, support and access to money! could create something special?

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Five reasons to still use a typewriter

The end of an era has been marked, with the last typewriter built in the UK rolling off the production line at Brother's north Wales factory.

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US cannabis vote reignites call to legalise drugs

The US states of Washington and Colorado have voted to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes.

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Breast screening advice updated amid controversy

Women invited for breast cancer screening in the UK are to be given more information about the potential harms of being tested.

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Riots crackdown followed by violence rise says think tank

The response to last year's riots has led to more violence among some gangs, an independent think tank has said.

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Zephaniah warns 'black children turned off history'

Performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah says black and Asian pupils are turned off history because they are told only "half the story" in British schools.

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A tipping point in the fight against slavery?

There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history - but campaigners think the world is close to a tipping point and that slavery may be abolished in the next 30 years.

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Creativity 'a mental illness'

Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.

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Literacy experts on the best ways to teach a child to read

Finding the best way to inspire children to become fluent readers has long been debated.

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Toni Morrison on race in contemporary America

Toni Morrison has been a giant of American letters for decades - and for many the closest the country has to a national writer.

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James Meredith 'still at war' after ending segregation

On 1 October, 1962 James Meredith enrolled as the first African American student at the segregated University of Mississippi.

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A Point of View: Why the rich look down on the poor

In the ancient world, the rich held themselves to very different standards from the poor. Not much has changed, argues classical historian Mary Beard.

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