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Louis van Gaal takes a training session

Jonny Evans thought he knew all about scrutiny after eight years in the white heat of Manchester United but the last two weeks have taken it to another level. Louis van Gaal’s relentless quest to analyse which of his players will belong to the club’s future have seen him install video surveillance equipment at the training facilities where the club have worked across the United States. The scrutiny of it has been painstaking.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hand with German chancellor Angela Merkel, during a meeting last month

Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine.

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A girl carries bread as she walks past a damaged building in Aleppo

In the early hours of 24 July a Saudi volunteer belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) drove a car packed with explosives towards the perimeter wall of a base manned by 300 soldiers of the 17th Division of the Syrian army near the city of Raqqa in north-east Syria.

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Lloyds Banking Group revealed today profits fell more than 50 per cent in the first-half as it announced the bill for compensating payment protection insurance customers has smashed through the £10 billion barrier.

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Australian and Dutch authorities have finally reached the crash site of MH17

As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

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Chelsea new boys Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis may have arrived at Stamford Bridge with big reputations but that wasn't enough to get them out of the customary initiation.

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The Department for Education offices in London

Businessman David Hoare has been selected as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, finally ending a furious Coalition row over the appointment.

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An elderly Indian woman cries as she searches for surviving family members in the debris of her home, destroyed by landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra

Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 30 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.

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Jose Mourinho claims he sold Romelu Lukaku because he lacked the motivation to fight for his place

Jose Mourinho has taken a parting shot at Romelu Lukaku after the striker completed a £28m move to Everton.

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Final frontier: border control at Gatwick

UK border officials feel they are unprepared to deal with the threat of the Ebola virus arriving in Britain, a union leader has said.

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Bankers reaped the whirlwind yesterday as the Bank of England told the industry’s masters of the universe that they could lose their bonuses for up to seven years after they have been agreed, if they are found responsible for misconduct or their decisions go bad.

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Eilidh Child embarks on a lap of honour after coming second in the 400m hurdles

A tale of two silvers and the tale of the poster boy and poster girl of Glasgow 2014. To mark the countdown to the Games, Eilidh Child had posed for photographs on the roof of Hampden Park. Tonight there were moments when she threatened to raise it. Hampden roared and Scotland’s golden girl took silver in the 400 metres hurdles.

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Nijel Amos (right) celebrates with bronze medallist Andre Olivier, who is also his training partner

David Rudisha is a mere mortal after all. The Star Trek fan decimates 800m fields, his rivals clinging on as he turns race after race into a procession. Nijel Amos, the man who had tried to challenge Rudisha at the Olympics and was dragged around on the coat tails of his world-record pace to run a time of 1min 41.73sec, which is tattooed on the forearm of the 20-year-old from Botswana, had a different script.

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Alex Dowsett of England goes past the Tolbooth in Glasgow on his way to victory in the men’s individual time trial yesterday

An angry man is a happy man in Glasgow, at least in the case of Alex Dowsett, the Chelmsford comet who channelled frustration at missing out on the Tour de France into time-trial gold in Scotland.

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Rory McIlroy hits from the 16th fairway on the way to his first round score of 69 yesterday

Newly crowned Open champion Rory McIlroy had to settle for an opening 69 on his return to action in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

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A tiger at India’s Ranthambore National Park where four new sanctuaries and a ‘tiger corridor’ have been approved to stem the animal’s decline

The opening lines of William Blake’s famous poem have long evoked the enigmatic beauty of tigers in the wild. At the time Blake wrote his poem in the mid-19th century, there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild.

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Like father like son: Former presidents George W Bush (right), and George H W Bush

The political chattering classes in Washington fancied themselves part-time psychoanalysts as they pondered the news that George W Bush, the former president, has briefly relinquished the paintbrush in favour of the pen at his home in Dallas to author a memoir of his father, George H W Bush, also a former president.

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The Serious Fraud Office has agreed to pay property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz £1.5 million in damages in one of the most embarrassing episodes to hit the agency following a botched investigation.

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Credit Suisse today became the latest bank dragged into the escalating “dark pool” trading scandal.

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Sami Khedira holds the World Cup trophy

Arsenal are reportedly back in the driving seat to buy Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, with Bayern Munich hoping to sign the player - but only on a free transfer next season.