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NUT backs further strike action

Schools are to face widespread disruption after teachers voted to stage further strikes

Teachers have voted to stage further strikes, starting with a summer walkout, in a long-running bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, leaving schools facing the prospect of widespread disruption.

Father 'scared' for sons in Syria

Family photo of Abdullah Deghayes, 18, who has been killed in Syria

The father of a British teenager killed in Syria has said he is "scared" for his two other sons and urged them to leave the war-torn country where they have gone to fight.

Mourners arrive for Peaches funeral

Mystery still surrounds the death of Peaches Geldof

Mourners have started to arrive ahead of the funeral of Peaches Geldof as a host of celebrities prepare to say farewell to the television presenter and model.

Firms face 'ownership register'

Business Secretary Vince Cable wants to tackle the "darker side of capitalism"

Legislation requiring companies to declare publicly who are their true owners is set to be included in the Queen's Speech in a crackdown on tax evasion and money laundering, Business Secretary Vince Cable has signalled.

Malignant melanoma rates increase

People are urged to use a sun protection factor of at least 15 as it was revealed malignant melanoma cases are on the rise

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

Teachers 'abused by pupils online'

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said that technology had transformed the lives of teachers and pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, it has been claimed.

Affordable lenders 'need £450m aid'

A think tank has called for action to be taken to boost competition to payday lenders

A £450 million levy on the consumer credit industry should be used to create a "new generation" of affordable lenders to take on Britain's legal loan sharks, a leading think tank has said.

UK is a plural society, PM told

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of "mischaracterising" the UK

David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned.

Tribute to 'death penalty' boxer

Former boxer, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter,  holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison

A British human rights barrister who tried to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has paid tribute to him following his death at the age of 76.

Boycott threat over reception tests

Teachers are worried that tests for four-year-olds could damage their education

Teachers are threatening to boycott the Government's new compulsory tests for four-year-olds, warning the move is "dangerous" to pupils' education.