Serena Williams during her second round Wimbledon match with Caroline Garcia

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No1 seed defeats Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 to ensure she doesn't join the list of second round slip-ups

Rebecca Shuttleworth was described as a 'monster' by police

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A mother faces life behind bars today for murdering her two-year-old son after social workers failed to take action to save him from months of “horrifying” abuse.

Declaration Of War stormed home to win Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes

Aidan O'Brien's Ascot double opens up new front for Coolmore turf war with sheikh

After their unprecedented depredations at the Cheltenham Festival, the Irish plundered the first four races in Britain's equivalent carnival for Flat racing. Chauvinism aside, however, the deeper gains were perhaps made by those superpowers discreetly manoeuvring for supremacy in the global bloodstock market.

Washwood Heath Muslim Centre in Birmingham where three men and a police officer were stabbed

'Hero' police officer stabbed at mosque is discharged from hospital

The police officer heralded a hero after being stabbed in the chest and stomach while he disarmed a knife-wielding attacker at a mosque is to be discharged from hospital.

Joe Root has survived the Birmingham fracas with aplomb

Champions Trophy: Alastair Cook may be left cheering on the errant Australians

England will have to rely on rivals for semi-final place if weather prevents victory over Kiwis tomorrow

Man calls 999 to complain prostitute is too ugly

A man has been warned by police after he dialled 999 to complain about a prostitute's looks after meeting her outside a hotel.

Okore played for FC Nordsjaelland before agreeing terms with the Midlands club today

Transfer confirmation: Aston Villa sign Denmark international Jores Okore

Former Villa captain Martin Laursen scouted the 20-year-old defender on Tuesday

George Bailey, Australia’s stand-in captain, made 55 before being bowled out

Champions Trophy: George Bailey needs quick change of fortune as problems mount

Australia 243-8 New Zealand 51-2: Bad weather leaves Australia relying on others if they are to advance to semi-finals

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Aston Villa target Nicklas Helenius in plea to Aalborg over transfer fee

The striker is concerned his current club will demand too high a fee from Aston Villa

British comedian John Oliver had plenty of material to draw upon for his first week as guest host of the popular satiric news programme in the United States

TV review: John Oliver takes over at The Daily Show without host Jon Stewart

The new chap was nervous, certainly, but no less funny than his boss

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John Oliver: The Brit going from sidekick to superstar on 'The Daily Show'

The stand-up comic from Birmingham is to step into Jon Stewart's shoes

Man held after police officer hit by car in Birmingham

Officer suffered suspected fractured pelvis attempting to stop vehicle

Andy McSmith's Diary: 'Pro-children' Tory dinosaur back to haunt Cameron on gay legislation

This week's Lords debate on gay marriage brought that doughty old Tory warrior Jill Knight back to the airwaves. At the age of 88, she is as certain as ever that she is right – and not afraid to say so.

Rehana Kausar, left, and Sobia Kamar said they had met while studying

Pakistani women Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar marry in Britain's first Muslim lesbian partnership

Lesbian couple took vows at Leeds registry office earlier this month before immediately applying for political asylum, it is claimed

G4S wins contract to provide service to rape victims

G4S, the controversial private security company which last week ousted its chief executive nearly a year after it failed to provide enough security guards for the London 2012 Olympics, is to run services providing counselling for victims of rape and sexual assault.

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