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Temple Run 2, Snapchat, BBC iPlayer and WhatsApp messenger among the most popular apps in the UK

Everton 2 Real Betis 1 match report: Darron Gibson injured as Toffees complete pre-season programme

Goals from Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas saw Everton complete their pre-season programme with a 2-1 friendly victory over Real Betis at Goodison Park.

The Sexual Assault Services Centre in San Bernardino County, California

Thieves return computers after realising they had burgled a charity

The burglars struck at the offices of the Sexual Assault Services Centre in southern California

The pink eggs will contain dolls, while the blue eggs will contain toy cars

Kinder Surprise in stereotyping row over pink and blue eggs

Kinder Surprise is at the centre of a gender stereotyping row after announcing that it will be selling limited edition pink and blue eggs in the UK.

Chocolate maker stays sweet as Thorntons develops hot weather strategy

Chocolatier closes loss-making high street stores

Cyber Culture: Will we ever tire of Candy Crush Saga?

If you're female, between the ages of 25 and 55 and play games on a smartphone or tablet, there's a good chance that you'll have played Candy Crush Saga, an insanely popular game whose beeps and boinks are currently filling the summer air like smoke from a million barbecues.

Postcard from... Gijón

Roberto Martinez

Trio follow Roberto Martinez to Everton

Coaching staff at Goodison Park takes shape

50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson has been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend and vandalising her home

50 Cent's Argos appearance cancelled following arrest

Rapper 50 Cent has cancelled an unlikely in-store appearance at a branch of Argos - after being charged with attacking his ex in the US.

Nestlé loses bid to trademark the shape of Kit Kat

Have a break, have an unbranded two-fingered chocolaty snack: Nestlé loses bid to trademark the shape of Kit Kat

Rivals Cadbury give two fingers to the Swiss chocolatiers by blocking their bid at the UK Intellectual Property Office 

It's chocs away with profit up at Thorntons

It was Forrest Gump's momma who said life was like a box of chocolates because you never know what you're gonna get, and that's certainly rung true for Thorntons investors over the past four years.

Roger LaVern: Keyboard player with the Tornados

After we had made 'Telstar'," the pianist Roger LaVern told me in 2009, "I thought it was a strange piece of music and I wasn't even sure if I liked it. When it started climbing the charts, I started to like it and now I find it absolutely incredible to think that I was involved with something so iconic."

Rufus the Hawk wears his new hood in Wimbledon colours while on patrol on Centre Court with his handler Imogen Davies during day four of Wimbledon

SW19 Diary: Rufus the Hawk drops bombshell

Claims that Rufus the Hawk, Wimbledon’s headline-hogging bird of prey, has been bullied this week by a flock of SW19 crows have been refuted by his handler Imogen Davies.

Tim Key: 'The Doctor prised me from my nest and we waddled to the heath for boules'

I love Wimbledon. Spending day after day sprawling on my sofa, Bermuda shorts on, eyelids half-open, watching sporting princes battering each other. Not to mention the gorgeous grunters in the women's draw, the ballchildren scuttling about and being treated like shit, and the posh haddocks in sunhats braying from the stands. It's my sporting highlight of the summer, genuinely.

Keri Moss: 'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

My life in food: Keri Moss, chef

'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there