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Stricken Wildcats lose Obst to Hull

Wakefield's new owners have lost a key player even before completing their takeover of the stricken club. The Wildcats' half-back or hooker, Sam Obst, has joined Hull on a two-year deal. He provides cover in two positions where they are short of options and Hull have paid an undisclosed fee.

Mother and two children found dead after father kills himself

A man is believed to have murdered his family before killing himself, after four bodies were discovered in Leicester over the weekend.

The lone sailor: I'm going to put on a Santa hat and take pictures of myself getting soaked on the deck

Loneliness and sadness cast aside for one day only as brave Briton continues solo race round the world

How to create the perfect hallway

It's one of the most important rooms in the home, but it's too often overlooked. Kate Watson-Smyth presents the essential guide to making an entrance

End of an aura: Capello prepares to break up the Ferdinand-Terry axis

United defender in line to be casualty of long-term injury problem and emergence of Everton's Phil Jagielka as an England contender

Banking inquiry will consider break-up issue

The Government inquiry into banking reforms will consider breaking up Britain's largest high street banks to increase competition, it was confirmed today.

Story of the Song: Hanging on the Telephone, Blondie (1978)

Stuck on punk's West Coast outpost, The Nerves' fame barely made it out of California. The trio recorded a solitary, self-titled EP in 1976 before breaking up.

Six and a Half Loves, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

This is lovely. Terry Saunders's bittersweet animated shorts "about perfect couples who can never quite fulfil their perfection" have become something of a cult hit on YouTube and are now brought to life by the comedian on stage.

Story of the song: 'Don't Speak', No Doubt, 1996

When Gwen Stefani walked into the Anaheim house she shared with her brother and bandmates, she heard Eric Stefani playing a tender piano figure that stopped her in her tracks. The pair immediately set about writing the song that would become "Don't Speak". Gwen gushed out some lyrics: "I can see it all in an eye blink/ I know everything about how you are/ I can understand exactly how you think/ Between you and me, it's not very far." The verses celebrated Gwen's long-standing relationship with her bassist, Tony Kanal. It was a pretty, if lyrically unexceptional, love song; unusual for a band more noted for an energetic ska-pop. Melodically, though, it sounded like a hit. "The vibes were there, the chorus was almost exactly perfect," said the band's guitarist, Tom Dumont.

Ben Chu: The case for breaking up Barclays

Regular readers of this blog will be unsurprised to hear that I disagree with the argument of my colleague, James Moore, that breaking up Barclays Bank would be a bad idea.

James Moore: Why breaking up barclays bank doesnt look so clever

So now we know. Barclays is Britain’s strongest bank, and by quite some way. Even under a stressed scenario considered by Europe’s banking watchdogs it would have a tier one capital ratio of 13.7 per cent.

Village People: Breaking up early

Good news for MPs: they are getting two days' extra holiday. The Commons was to break up for the summer on Thursday week, 29 July, but a last-minute decision has brought the date forward to 27 July. Why? You might well ask.

Ben Chu: Size does matter in banking

Stephen Green is also, apparently, a defender of the unholy status quo when it comes to the structure of the banking industry, telling the British Bankers’ Association conference yesterday that calls for the break up of the banks are a red herring:

Album: Sarah McLachlan, Laws of Illusion (Arista)

Though her 1997 song "Angel" has become a fixture at funerals, seven years on, Sarah McLachlan is feeling a little more light-hearted, and while the Canadian's folksy, Pilates-honed latest is influenced by her broken marriage, don't expect bitterness here.

Voters ponder Belgian break-up as polls open

Belgians are going to the polls today in general elections that are widely seen as a vote on an orderly break-up of a country where 6.5 million Dutch and four million French-speakers are locked in a quarrelsome union.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee