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First is the worst! Peanut with his gong

Proud Peanut takes top spot in competition to find the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’

Wild-eyed Chihuahua-Shitzu breed beats 29 other manky mutts to take the top spot – and his prize money will help pay for other animal’s vet bills

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked ISIS

Iraq crisis: Isis militants seize towns on vital supply route along Iraq-Syria border

Islamist militants have seized the town of Rawah, which lies along the al-Qaim crossing into Syria

Mr Blunkett said he believed Ed Miliband would win the election and that he was the “only man” for the job

David Blunkett quits as MP: Ex-home secretary warns election defeat could sent Labour to 'political wilderness' for 15 years

The former cabinet minister warns that a Conservative win in the 2015 general election will see Labour interests excluded until 2030

The summer solstice is celebrated every year in June 21 in the northern hemisphere

Summer solstice 2014: Everything you need to know about the longest, and sunniest, day of the year

Last night, thousands descended on Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice. But what, and why, were they gathering to celebrate?

Crowds watch the glorious sunrise at Stonehenge on the Summer Solstice

Thousands turn out to welcome the summer solstice at Stonehenge

The sacred sunrise was watched by 37,000 people who gathered around the ancient stones overnight

Sajid Javid is pushing for a system that would allow customers to switch freely between networks

Radical reforms could end mobile phone 'blackspots' in rural parts of the UK

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is pushing for a system where mobile phone operators would share masts to boost coverage

Could Prince William make a return to the pilot's chair?

Queen treats Prince William and Kate to £8m luxury helicopter

The 2008 Augusta A109S Grand will be used to transport members of the Royal family between official engagements

75 councils use car-mounted cameras to automatically issue drivers with fines

'Greedy' councils banned from using 'spy-cars' that issued £300m in parking fines

Eric Pickles says ban on car-mounted cameras will end scourge of 'over-zealous' and 'greedy' councils cashing-in on unsuspecting motorists

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Firemen solemnly carry on with the task of sifting through the rubble. Miraculously, no one was killed in the blast.

Unseen photographs capture the devastating and emotional aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester city centre

A cache of archived images have been released by the Greater Manchester Fire Service on the 18th anniversary of the Arndale blast

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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

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How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
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10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test