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More than 5 million people in the UK are paid less than the living wage

The number of people who are paid less than a "living wage" has leapt by more than 400,000 in a year to over 5.2 million, amid mounting evidence that the economic recovery is failing to help millions of working families.<p>A report for the international tax and auditing firm KPMG also shows that …

WW1 memories: my grandfather's story

It all begins so cheerfully, in gorgeous weather, with the troops itching to join the great adventure abroad. As the 2nd Battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry sets sail from Dublin for Le Havre on an old cargo ship, the SS Buteshire, on 14 August 1914, a chorus of hoots and sirens …

Winter is nigh, and pensioners are at risk as energy prices rocket, writes Harry Leslie Smith - who is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and at 90, an activist for the poor:

CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds

Doctors and psychologists working for the US military violated the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the defence department and the CIA to become involved in the torture and degrading treatment of suspected terrorists, an investigation has concluded.<p>The report of the …

Dublin family insists girl seized by police is theirs It is understood the family have agreed to fully co-operate in DNA tests that will over the next 48 hours establish whether or not the child belongs to them. They are said to be adamant that the child belongs to them and that the tests will prove this. Meanwhile the executive director of the European Roma Rights Centre expressed concern about the way the incident in Dublin was being reported as well as the portrayal of the Roma in general since the incident in Greece when a child, known as Maria, was seized from another family last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Police face lawsuits in shootings of three emotionally disturbed people

The last words Elsa Cruz heard her husband say, in response to police officers banging on his locked front door, were: "Don't knock on my door, it's against my will."<p>She'll never forget what came next.<p>"I heard, bluh, bluh, bluh – the sound of the tool as they broke the door down. There was silence, …

How risky is your hospital? Care quality data mapped The NHS watchdog has expressed concern over care and safety at one in four hospitals across the UK. Where are they? Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Ten of the most impressive food heists On Monday night, 6,400 tins of Heinz baked beans were stolen from a parked lorry in Worcestershire. Thieves cut through the side while the driver slept. But it's not just tins of beans you need to keep safe. From baked beans to caviar, food thefts are on the rise. Cheese is the most-stolen food, but walnuts, honey and tomatoes are big business too. Here are some of the more impressive food crimes we've seen in recent years Photograph: Alamy