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Aviation officials say the aircraft’s ‘black box’ shows there was a ‘clear intention’ to manually bring the plane down

Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in Namibia, killing all 34 on board

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Subtle Bodies, By Norman Rush. Granta, £14.99

Norman Rush didn't publish his first novel, Mating, until he was in his late fifties, and his next full-length work, Mortals (2003), arrived 12 years later. For a writer considered patient and careful, with a sinuous style, his third long-gestating novel threatens to undo that reputation.

World Championships: Christine Ohuruogu turns on the afterburners to rocket into final

The US women's 400 metres champion Natasha Hastings happens to be a cousin of Shaka Hislop, the former West Ham goalkeeper who spent time working on the Space Station Freedom project at Nasa while studying mechanical engineering at Howard University, Washington. In the second semi-final of the women's 400m at the World Championships last night she blasted off at a frightening speed – only to find herself overtaken by a rocket in the shape of the Great Britain team captain.

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A matter of life and death

David Rudisha avenged defeat by Mohammad Aman in 2012

David Rudisha starts summer in style with emphatic win

World and Olympic champion David Rudisha cruised to victory in the 800 metres at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha, while Justin Gatlin clocked the second fastest time of the year to win the 100m.

A computer-generated image drawn up in attempts to identify Jose Matada

4,000 mile journey ends at a London cemetery: Jet stowaway 'probably still alive' when he fell from undercarriage as it approached Heathrow

Bruising and injuries indicated there was some blood flowing around his body even if he was unconscious, says pathologist

Queen Fabiola had planned to move funds to Spain

Taxing times for Queen Fabiola as Belgian public docks her £400,000

Queen Fabiola of Belgium has become the latest European royal to fall victim to the continent’s austerity drive, with the government vowing to slash her yearly stipend by nearly half a million euros after accusations that she was trying to dodge taxes.

David Rudisha delights in setting a new world record last night

David Rudisha, Kenya's warrior of the track, breaks new ground in 800m

Rudisha beats his own world record and takes gold inspired by Coe and an Irish missionary

David Rudisha smashed the 800m world record

London's Olympic fast track gets its first world record

David Rudisha was hailed as one of the greatest-ever runners last night after smashing the world 800m record, saying afterwards that he had wanted to make Sebastian Coe proud.

Kenya's David Rudisha sets new 800m world record

Kenya's David Rudisha tonight lit up the Olympic Games with a sensational victory in the 800 metres, breaking his own world record in the process.

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Trail of the unexpected: New dawn for Zimbabwe

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Hince says his wife Kate Moss is his ideal travel companion. He says: 'She has this beautiful knack of turning the most ordinary day into an all-singing, all-dancing adventure'

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Barclays deal on cards

Barclays' South African offshoot, Absa Bank, is paying about £800m for the store cards business of one of the country's largest retailers. Absa will take over the existing accounts of Edcon customers and swill provide long-term credit to them.

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