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Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Jermain Defoe has joined Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal

Sunderland vs Burnley: Gus Poyet says game has to be Sunderland's turning point

Struggling sides meet at Stadium of Light

Papiss Cisse celebraes after scoring Newcastle's second against Chelsea

Newcastle transfer news: Signings are unlikely despite freefall in the Premier League

Papiss Cissé is in a race to play after leaving the African Cup of Nations

Lee Clark’s Blackpool side conceded seven goals in 36 minutes away at Watford on Saturday
Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver (right) reacts

John Carver: Newcastle confirm Carver will remain in charge of the Magpies until the end of the season

Carver was named caretaker manager when Alan Pardew left to join Crystal Palace and will oversee matters until at least the summer

Papiss Cisse celebraes after scoring Newcastle's second against Chelsea

Newcastle United transfer news: Papiss Cissé could net £22.5m in Shanghai surprise

EXCLUSIVE: Striker has been offered to join Sven-Goran Eriksson in China

Jermain Defoe aims to prove he is still England quality after returning to Premier League with Sunderland

Striker will ‘try his best’ to be Black Cats legend in three years’ time

Raheem Sterling break: Brendan Rodgers justifies rest for Liverpool forward

The forward has gone to the Caribbean for a break

Patrick van Aanholt applauds Sunderland supporters after his goal was enough to beat Leeds United at the Stadium of Light
George Boyd celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle

Newcastle vs Burnley report: Managerless Magpies held by Burnley after George Boyd goal seals remarkable 3-3 draw

Newcastle 3 Burnley 3: Assistant John Carver took charge of the home side

Arsenal are believed to be lining up a £9m offer for Moussa Sissoko

Arsenal transfer news: Managerless Newcastle set to rebuff approach for Moussa Sissoko

The French midfielder has been outstanding for the Magpies this season

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
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Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing