The MoJ released divorce figures as it urged separating couples to use publicly-funded third-party mediator

Till death do us part? Not in Weston-super-Mare...

Revealed: Top ten courts for the number of divorce petitions

UK laboratories have been put on alert to test all new cases of unexplained severe pneumonia for the virus

Patient diagnosed with the Sars-like coronavirus has died, says hospital

Breaking: The patient died while being treated in critical care unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said

David Bentley

David Bentley wants to repay Blackburn fans during loan spell

Midfielder has joined former club from Spurs until the end of the season

Jamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was stunned by the news from South Africa

Oscar Pistorius hangs heavy over the global names at Birmingham

It was fair to say that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was still in a state of shock yesterday. "When I got off the plane at Heathrow yesterday and gave the immigration officer my passport, she asked 'What's your purpose for being here?'" the Jamaican sprinter, who won the Olympic 100m title in Beijing in 2008 and at London 2012, recounted. "I said: 'Oh, I'm an athlete. I'm here to compete in Birmingham.' She said: 'OK, so were you at the Olympics?' I was like: 'Yes, I was at the Olympics.' She said: 'Do you know Oscar Pistorius?' I said 'Yes.' She said: 'He shot his girlfriend.' 'I was like: 'Are you serious?'"

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Billy Davies is being backed to finish what he started at Nottingham Forest

Billy Davies returns to Nottingham Forest to 'finish' job

The Nottingham Forest chairman, Fawaz al-Hasawi, has backed new manager Billy Davies to finish what he started and get the club promoted to the Premier League.

Cities may have to help fund HS2 rail link

Cities that are likely to benefit from the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link will be asked to contribute towards the cost of building the new line, it emerged tonight.

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

Lawyers on the line: high-speed rail plan faces 10-year delay

Details unveiled of second phase of £32.7 billion project which government claims will create at least 100,000 jobs

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

Opposition grows as PM presses ahead with HS2 scheme

Rage in Tory heartlands is likely to be elicited by publication of next stage of route

Sport in Brief: Wood sinks eagle in Qatar; Contador captures sixth stage; England whitewash Aussies

Chris Wood made an eagle at the 18th hole to claim his first European Tour win with victory in the Qatar Masters yesterday. The putt proved crucial as it meant the 25-year-old from Bristol overtook Sergio Garcia, of Spain, and George Coetzee, of South Africa, who both finished a shot back. The world No 142 hit a six-iron to within 12 feet and calmly sank the putt to complete a final round of 69. "Winning an event on the European Tour is not easy," said Wood. "It was a nice way to finish and it feels good to pick up the trophy. I have been waiting patiently and it is finally my turn."

Toddler was 'beaten to death at flat'

A two-year-old boy was found beaten to death at the home of his mother's boyfriend after suffering months of ill-treatment, a murder trial jury has heard.

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani girl shot by Taliban is discharged from hospital

With a shy smile, a wave and a hug for the nurses who helped save her life, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai left hospital in Britain today.

Woman denies murder bid on baby dumped at bottom of rubbish chute

A woman has denied attempting to murder a baby who was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute outside a block of flats.

Mark Robins gets a hug from a fan in his United playing days

Can Mark Robins go from Fergie's saviour to Tottenham tormentor?

Robins plotting another rescue act at Coventry City – and victory at Spurs would help

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