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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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Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities