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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is at the top of teachers' list of books every student should read before leaving secondary school.

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four chosen as 'must read' by teachers

Nicola Sturgeon warned politicians to heed the voice of the Scottish people

Sturgeon: No politician can stand in the way of another independence referendum

Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said they had made strong progress in the first half of the year

Lloyds profits rise despite PPI bill

Drag Me Down is One Direction's first single without Zayn Malik

One Direction release brand new single Drag Me Down

Since 2010, 438 sex abuse victims have had government-funded payouts docked

Sex abuse payouts docked after victims commit crimes

A teddy bear is giving a sloth lessons in gripping on to things, replacing the role of the animal's mother who is unable to care for her offspring

London Zoo's 'Scissorhands' sloth given teddy bear to replace ailing mother

Witnesses claim police refused to jump into a canal to rescue a teenage boy

Met Police 'refused to rescue canal death boy'

The funeral of Lamara Bell is taking place today

Lamara Bell's funeral held as M9 crash probe continues

Protesters outside Walter Palmer's dental surgery in Minnesota (AP)

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion 'wanted to hunt elephant'

Pub landlord Rostam Notarki

Pub landlord facing jail for killing of American with ironing board

Trafficking victim Emma, not her real name, was forced into prostitution around Europe

Trafficking victim's relief at finding refuge in UK safe house

Stuart Baggs has died aged 27

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

Police are investigating allegations of crime involving the Kids Company

Kids Company charity faces police investigation

Migrants rush at a police cordon by a truck route along the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais, France.

Calais crisis: MoD land 'may be used' to ease Operation Stack congestion

George Osborne has been asked to make public any dealings with media mogul Rupert Murdoch since the general election

George Osborne challenged over BBC cuts 'Murdoch meeting'

Care home prices are rising faster than ever, a nursing agency says

Average care home costs 'above £29,000 a year'

Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

While the poorest families saw their lifetime tax burden rise by 4.1% to £282,545 in 2013/14, the richest 20% of households enjoyed a 2.2% fall compared with the previous year, to £1,488,275

£734,240 lifetime tax bill for average British family

A major report said more needs to be done to plan for the psychological fall-out of events such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters

Psychological fall-out of nuclear accidents 'most serious public health issue'

Guy Ritchie and girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley have got married

Guy Ritchie ties knot with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley

The average price paid for a starter home in May was £211,000

No electricity not a turn-off for first-time buyers

Housebuilding figures are the best since 2007, research suggests

Number of new homes registrations 'at strongest level since 2007'

Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

The last photo taken of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko alive (Litvinenko Inquiry/PA)

Russia 'was involved in Alexander Litvinenko murder', inquiry told

Police are investigating allegations of crime involving the Kids Company

Kids Company charity faces police investigation

Stuart Baggs has died aged 27

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

The Communication Workers Union announced support for the Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership battle

Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of two more unions in Labour leadership race

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new motoring show with Amazon (Amazon/PA)

Jeremy Clarkson move from BBC to Amazon 'biplane to spaceship'

British Gas profits were £528 million for the first half of the year, figures show

Controversy over high energy prices as British Gas profits double

Liam Lyburd, who has been convicted of planning mass murder at his former college following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court

Teenager Liam Lyburd found guilty of college massacre plot

Ahmadi Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, who is living at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

Youngster dreams of return to England 'where you get everything easily'

French police guard the perimeter security fence of the Eurotunnel site in Calais as migrants look for a way to get to the UK

David Cameron to chair crisis meeting on Calais migrants

Pupils aged five to 11 were suspended 11,420 times for physical assault against an adult in state-funded primary schools in 2013/14

Fifty pupils a day suspended from school for assaulting an adult

French police officers look over a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island (AP)

Missing flight MH370: Plane debris in Reunion 'very likely' from Boeing 777

A view of shelters in the migrant camp known as the Jungle

Jungle life tough for migrants from devastated nations

Ukip leader Nigel Farage during a speech supporting the No campaign in the upcoming EU referendum

Ukip's Nigel Farage rallies No supporters ahead of EU referendum campaign

The High Court ruled that the detention of an Afghan man by UK forces was unlawful

Government loses appeal over Afghanistan detention

Ai Weiwei has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese government

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei hits out at UK over six-month visa 'snub'

Ben Fellows has been found not guilty at the Old Bailey of perverting the course of justice after making a false claim that he was groped by Kenneth Clarke

Actor Ben Fellows cleared of perverting justice over Kenneth Clarke grope claim

Figures show how many priests have been defrocked

55 priests defrocked for sex abuse since 2001

The cost of motor insurance is being pushed up by a fresh wave of claims for personal injury, it is suggested

Personal injury claims 'pushing up motor insurance costs'

Tesco is revamping its self-service checkout machines to make them more customer-friendly

Tesco end "unexpected item" checkout alert with friendlier voice

Offenders released on licence can be recalled to custody if they commit a further crime or if there is a deterioration in their behaviour

Murderers and rapists among hundreds on run after breaking release conditions

Lincoln was the first city to ban the use of legal highs in public places in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour

Pair fined in first prosecutions for flouting legal highs ban

Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit/AP)

Ministers call for end to "barbaric hunting" after Cecil the lion killed

Donald Trump said that his US presidential campaign has been going 'really well'

Donald Trump 'expects' to win US presidential race

Peter Fankhauser believes Tunisia's tourist industry will recover from events in Sousse

Thomas Cook expects £39m hit after Tunisia terror attack and Greece debt crisis

Screen grabbed image taken from video issued by British Transport Police of a Robin Reliant crashing through a level crossing in Nottinghamshire (British Transport Police/PA)

Police hunt Robin Reliant driver who went on level crossing rampage

Royal Bank of Scotland took another 1.3 billion pound hit for banking scandal fines and warned of more charges to come

RBS posts losses of £153m after banking scandal fines

John Yuill and Lamara Bell lay for three days in a crashed car despite it being reported to police (Police Scotland/PA)

Funeral for undiscovered M9 crash victim John Yuill

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