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Oscar Pistorius failed to qualify for the 400m final, but his historic performance redefined the possible

Fairytale ends for Oscar Pistorius but he has secured a place in Olympic history

The 25-year-old South African lifted the profile and aspirations of disabled sportsmen

Mick Thompson, Ennis's first coach

Sheffield turns out to cheer Jess home

Bubbling with anticipation and bursting with pride, hundreds cheer and whoop as the screen fills with the image of the one they've come to see: the local girl-turned-national icon. Jessica Ennis, here more perhaps than anywhere, is the focus of everyone's hopes and dreams.

Disgrace: The former golden couple Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai; she awaits trial, he is being held

Old Harrovian murder holds China in thrall

Prosecutors claim 'irrefutable' evidence of Gu Kailai's involvement

Banks face lawsuits worth billions over Libor scam

The interest-rate fixing scandal could leave British banks exposed to multi-billion-pound civil actions, experts have warned.

Tributes for Radiohead roadie in stage collapse

Radiohead have paid tribute to their drum technician, who was killed when part of a stage collapsed before their concert in Canada.

Ahmadinejad to quit politics when term ends

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has revealed that he will retire from politics when his second term as President ends next year.

Director Michael Haneke receives the Palme d'Or award for the film

Love conquers all as Haneke triumphs again

Austrian wins Palme d'Or for second time with tale of an elderly couple's devotion

Robin Gibb performing in 2009

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb loses cancer battle

British songwriter who defined disco described as second only to the Beatles

Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan in California barely a day after seeing Facebook go public on the Nasdaq exchange

Second best day of his life? Mark Zuckerberg surprises friends with secret wedding

Fresh from making $20bn in US flotation, Facebook founder marries his long-term girlfriend

Heathrow ordered to stop apologising

Heathrow airport has been ordered to stop handing out leaflets to passengers that apologise for delays at immigration.

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

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