News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

Australia's leftie Mitchell Starc may help Swann with his foot marks

Graeme Swann: ‘The more you play, the more you yearn for Ashes cricket’

Spinner reveals his ‘desperation’ to win series and shrugs off poor Trent Bridge record

Sir Michael Parkinson

Teenage girl hospitalised after being mauled while trying to kiss a lion through bars of cage

Duma had been rubbing his face against the cage when Lauren Fagen decided to kiss his fur

Parents are not as good as professional driving instructors

Learn to drive with your parents and be driven crazy

Half of the teenagers polled were worried about being shouted at

Bingo for biscuits players arrested in Portugal after police raided pub and found Brits playing 'games of luck and chance'

Albufeira landlady has been fined 700 euros for 'illegal gambling'

Favourite son: former Blackburn striker Alan Shearer eyes boss's job

Alan Shearer reveals he was not consulted over Newcastle's decision to revamp and rename 'Shearer's Bar'

The former striker has been outspoken about the club

Favourite son: former Newcastle striker see's bar dedicated to him renamed

'Shearer's Bar' at Newcastle United to be refurbished and renamed

Signs are removed on the same day the former striker is critical of the club

A protester throws a bottle of coke at a UKIP activist accompanying party leader Nigel Farage into a pub in Aberdeen

'There's something quite unpleasant going on': Nigel Farage confronted for second time on visit to Scotland ahead of Donside by-election

Protester sprays Ukip leader with fizzy drink in Aberdeen a month after he was forced to take refuge in a Glasgow pub

'You acted with premeditated savagery': Judge sentences Dale Cregan to life in prison for four murders including two policewomen

30-year-old had already pleaded guilty to killing policewomen Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, and father and son David and Mark Short

My Life in Food: Nik Fordham, master distiller, Bombay Sapphire

Born in Wokingham, Fordham started out as a chemist, studying the subject with biology at Plymouth University, a discipline that helped him when he joined Beefeater Gin as distillery manager in 2008. He went on to receive a diploma in distilling and the picked up the Worshipful Company of Distillers scholarship award for excellence in 2011. Since March this year he has been master distiller at Bombay Sapphire. He will also be leading the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate G&T Studio Workshops at The Hoxton Hotel (Tuesday 18 and Tuesday 25 June 7pm – 8.30pm)

Punch plans to slash £2.1bn debt as trading improves

The embattled pub group Punch Taverns has proposed a radical restructuring of its £2bn-plus debt mountain, and posted improved trading.

Apple shows off its new iOS 7

iOS 7: Jony Ive's new flat design revealed

On a night when Apple launched new MacPro, a new AirBook and no end of software bells and whistles, one subject is sure to dominate the post-keynote discussions: the bold and (most say) beautiful 'flat' design of the new iOS 7. 

Fuller’s buys cider maker for £3.8m

Fuller, Smith & Turner is looking to expand cider maker Cornish Orchards after buying the business for £3.8m.

The five-minute memoir: Rupert Christiansen recalls an intruder in Clapham

First, a sausage was left in his bedroom. Then, says Rupert Christiansen, things got even stranger.

Former British policewoman charged with burglary judged 'too drunk' to intend to steal

A jury has found a former British policewoman not guilty of stealing a mobile phone, after deciding she was too drunk to know what she was doing.

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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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

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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

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