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The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

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One step beyond: Madness find liberty in record deal

Madness, the hit ska band, have signed a deal to launch their 30th anniversary album, 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate', with Power Amp, a music investment fund.

William Woodruff: Economic historian whose account of his childhood became a bestseller

"Human motivation is too intimate to yield itself to the technical processes of the historian," conceded the economic historian William Woodruff in Impact of Western Man: a study of Europe's role in the world economy 1750-1960. This wide-ranging, statistics-driven work, published in 1966, did not give any hint of the extraordinary determination that had gained a seemingly diffident Woodruff notable academic posts around the world. Thirty years on, he published a rather different work, the autobiographical Billy Boy (1993), which seven years later was republished as The Road to Nab End and became a surprise bestseller.

Fourth man faces PM threat charge

A man charged with terror offences linked to an alleged threat to kill Prime Minister Gordon Brown was remanded into custody today.

Three in court over 'Brown death threats'

A man who allegedly threatened to kill Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in a posting on a jihadi website was remanded in custody today.

'Brown plot': Three charged

Three men questioned about an alleged plot to kill Gordon Brown have been charged with terror offences. The men were arrested at Manchester Airport and Accrington, Lancashire, on 14 August.

Three charged after 'Brown death plot' questioning

Three men questioned about an alleged plot to assassinate Gordon Brown were tonight charged with terror offences, Lancashire Police said.

Fifth man held in PM death plot probe

Detectives investigating a suspected plot to kill the Prime Minister have arrested a fifth man.

Man held after terror probe into PM threats

The arrest of a 25-year-old man for alleged terror offences is linked to the investigation into threats to kill the Prime Minister, police sources said today.

Airport arrests in terror probe

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of terror charges, two at Manchester Airport, Lancashire police said.

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Blackburn first in UK to offer free leisure services

A local authority in northern England has become the first in the country to make all its leisure centres and swimming pools free in an attempt to improve the health of its population.

Why Jaime Winstone's latest movie will upset parents everywhere

It may not please the parents but it's reality for her generation, she tells James Mottram

How to find the cheapest tickets around

Planning to go to a gig? Booking fees can vary wildly, so it pays to shop around. James Daley reports

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

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Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

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Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

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