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Russian woman kills elderly neighbour with bra

A woman has strangled her elderly neighbour with her bra, Russian investigators said today.

 

Jessie Cave: Bookworm, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Jessie Cave would be the first to admit that she is one of life’s more precocious characters. A former tennis champion who used to play with the Murrays, her career was cut short by injury when she was 15. Her next move was into acting, most famously playing Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films. Now 25, she has turned to comedy and has already worked with Simon Amstell on Grandma’s House.

Beth Tweddle’s routine was marred by a poor landing but she still ended up with bronze

Gymnastics: Golden finish eludes Beth Tweddle
after her dodgy dismount

After years of graft, Tweddle earns brilliant bronze to make history. Now for retirement?

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are still vying for gold

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The battle to be top sailing nation between Britain and Australia looks like going to the southern hemisphere but, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in the 470 dinghy are giving the pre-Olympic favourites, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page a scary run.

Sahar Daftary, a former Face of Asia winner, fell from a balcony

Mother says police denied her justice after model's death fall

The mother of a model who plunged to her death from the 12th floor of a luxury apartment block said she had been "denied justice" after a coroner recorded an open verdict.

Surprises, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Although he had toyed with the idea before, Alan Ayckbourn did not feel ready to bring science fiction fully into his work until his 34th play. A quarter of a century later and now on his 76th play, Surprises, the writer is a well-established exponent of the form.

Italy sets March appeal for Amanda Knox acquittal

An Italian court in Perugia has set March 25 for the prosecution's appeal of Amanda Knox's acquittal in the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Pete Doherty in Cannes

Pete Doherty thrown out of Thailand rehab facility

Singer Pete Doherty has reportedly been asked to leave a rehabilitation facility in Thailand for disrupting the treatment of other patients.

Chung says: 'It was a brilliant party until we all fell over in front of the paparazzi: that wasn't so cool'

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Simon Kelner: Blight on society, fame-craving dolt or role model?

What do you think sums up "almost everything that is wrong with Western society"? Exporting war and sedition to faraway countries to exploit their natural resources? A capitalist system designed to ensure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Greedy bankers? Politicians? Journalists? The Diamond Jubilee on the BBC?

Invisible Ink: No 128 - Pamela Hansford Johnson

By the start of the 21st century it seemed that readability had become a liability; surely award-winners lacked complexity if their books were too accessible? Happily this attitude is now passing, and lucid writing is once more being recognised as a desirable literary trait, which may partly explain why Pamela Hansford Johnson's work is coming back into print (the other reason is that ebooks provide an affordable route to republication).

Five-minute Memoir: Nicci Cloke recalls a rites-of-passage rapids ride

At 18, I was the kind of person that my future self would dread spending time with. My main concerns about going travelling were these: what will my hair look like when I can't get my roots done? Is it possible to purchase pink hiking boots? And how can one maintain a smooth bikini line for three months straight?

Grenade blast soldier killed in Afghanistan named

A British soldier killed in a grenade blast while on patrol in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Lance Corporal James Ashworth from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

We love: Daddy dearest - Papa Audit is certainly a dapper Dan, so this new toiletries set from Aesop is the perfect way to say thanks a million this Father's Day. Aw, shucks. The Dapper Gentleman £106, Aesop, mrporter.com

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