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Animal welfare activists claim the man ate ‘at least 15 cats in two years’

Tommy Smith: Jockey involved in one of the greatest finishes to the Grand National

The amateur jockey Tommy Smith became the first American to win the Grand National on a horse born, bred and owned in the United States – the plucky eight-year-old Jay Trump – in a dramatic finish in 1965. Jockey and horse became legends in the US for a race memorable not only for one of the closest finishes in its history but for the fact that it looked like being the last Grand National, since the Aintree course was up for sale to property developers.

Today the EU goes cruelty-free, but is the beauty industry’s commitment more than skin deep?

Pressure from the largest beauty market in the world may be the only way to get international cosmetics industry to modernise.

5,000 badgers on Government's slaughter list

More than 5,000 badgers will be slaughtered in the West Country after the Government approved licences for culls to commence in June this year.

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

Morrissey refuses to appear on US chat show with 'animal serial killers'

First he succeeded in turning LA's Staples Centre vegetarian. Now former Smiths frontman Morrissey has refused to appear on an American TV chat show because his fellow guests are "animal serial killers".

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

Morrissey turns LA venue veggie

Next month, for one night only, vendors at the 20,000-capacity Staples Centre in LA will serve exclusively vegetarian fare.

A meteor streaks across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains

Russian meteor strike that injured 1,200 people was US weapons test, claims politician

The meteor, which was travelling at around 33,000 mph rained down over the Ural Mountains last week

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg addresses the media on the horsemeat scandal, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

Don't blame us for horsemeat scandal, says EU consumer chief

Europe's Health and Consumer policy chief today rejected claims that EU policy was to blame for the horsemeat scandal.

Would you adopt the dog with a human face? Or the stink bug?

Rescuers are hoping to find a home for a poodle shih-tzu who's pleading gaze resembles that of a human face.

Duck survives being shot through the head with a crossbow bolt

Mallard is evading RSPCA officers trying to help it

Naomi Campbell wins damages over false story she was planning to organise an elephant polo match

Supermodel Naomi Campbell accepted “substantial” libel damages at the High Court today over a false story that she was planning to organise an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday.

The elephants Baby and Nepal, who are thought to be carrying tuberculosis, at the Tête d’Or zoo in Lyon

François Hollande faces Brigitte Bardot over rescue of two sick elephants from a Lyon zoo

A problem even larger than Gérard Depardieu faces the French government this week. Should President François Hollande intervene to rescue two sick elephants in a Lyon zoo?

Editorial: A hunt chasing the wrong fox

In the aftermath of the RSPCA's successful private prosecution of the Cotswolds' Heythrop Hunt – which saw an entire hunt charged, for the first time, and two prominent members also fined – the charity has come in for quite a drubbing. It is time, then, for a show of support.

Members of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt departing from Chiddingstone

Tories admit defeat in bid to repeal hunting ban as 250,000 turned out regardless on Boxing Day

Ministers say they won’t change the law in the near future

It's recognised internationally as inherently Russian, and it helps keep the cold out... Could Russia really give up fur?

Fur flies as Moscow faces a challenge to its cosy addiction

A fashion accessory, a practical necessity for the Siberian winter, and a valuable asset that has been traded since medieval times. For Russians, fur is all of this and more.

Engaging: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the first film of the Hobbit trilogy

The Hobbit movie is no fantasy for animals

Allegations of animal cruelty on the set of The Hobbit threaten to tarnish the film's reputation. So has director Peter Jackson done enough to answer them?

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape