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Belgians living in areas completely isolated due to the bubonic plague can finally breathe a sigh of relief: soon they will be able to get online and petition to have a law banning them from writing a will struck down.

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

FA expect Premier League to formally approve goal-line technology this week

GLT will be used from next season

Marouane Fellaini of Everton celebrates his goal during

Marouane Fellaini's commitment to Everton cannot be questioned says Phil Jagielka

The midfielder was booed off during the Toffee's FA Cup exit

Thrifty Swedes donate horsemeat cast-offs to homeless

Horsemeat-tainted lasagne will be donated to Church kitchen

Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes were ended by world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets yesterday

British number one Heather Watson admits she's 'burnt out' and will take a break

Second successive first-round defeat on the WTA Tour leads to decision

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The Everton skipper was recently hailed by boss David Moyes for his longevity at the top level after joining an exclusive club of players to make 500 appearances in the Premier League. Neville himself has said he hopes to continue playing at this standard for two or three more years and with his contract up in the summer, this could be his final swansong.

Everton captain Phil Neville to join England Under-21 staff

The 36-year-old previously worked with the Young Lions in February 201

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Simon Mignolet agent hints at Sunderland exit for goalkeeper

Belgian stopper, who has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, forced to clarify comments

Horsemeat scandal: Birds Eye and luxury caterer Sodexo withdraw beef products

The horse meat scandal widened still further today when two more prestige food companies, a family favourite and a luxury caterer, were forced to withdraw their products from sale.

Runaway car took terrified driver through border post at 125mph

A terrified French driver has told how a jammed speed regulator caused him to career through toll booths and a national border at 125mph before he crashed into a ditch in Belgium.

Charleroi airport closed after five killed in plane crash in Belgium

Five people, three of them children, died this morning in a plane crash in Belgium.

Eden Hazard is guided off the pitch

Eden Hazard told to 'control his emotions' by Belgian FA chief

Chelsea midfielder kicked out at a ball boy in Swansea

Monica Bellucci and her husband Vincent Cassel are leaving Paris to live in Rio de Janeiro

Monica Bellucci: French tax not reason I'm moving to Rio...

The Italian film star Monica Bellucci is moving to Rio de Janeiro because she “loves the poetry of the place”.

A pair of identical twins have died after seeking euthanasia when they discovered they were both going blind.

Identical twins die after seeking euthanasia when they discovered they would go blind and never see each other again

45-year-old twins were born deaf and requested to die after being told they were both going blind

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Manchester City recall Dedryck Boyata from FC Twente

Premier League champions frustrated by lack of playing time for defender

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003