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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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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable