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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

Italian man accused of eating 15 adopted cats

Animal welfare activists claim the man ate ‘at least 15 cats in two years’

My mate left me in charge of his cat for 10 days. I thought I’d take care of his Sky Sports, too

My mate went to Nicaragua on a business trip and so I had to look after his cat for 10 days. No biggie. The guy trusts me. I live nearby so I took the keys from the poor sap, waved him into his cab and set about my task with relish.

This is how your cat sees you

As a 'larger, non-hostile' fellow feline

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, By Jack El-Hai: Book review - fascinating account of the army doctor who studied Nazi personality

At the end of the Second World War, many leading Nazis were in captivity, and an American army psychiatrist, Captain Douglas Kelley, was given the job of judging whether they were psychologically fit for trial as well as keeping them physically healthy until that date.

KFOR soldiers patrol near the village of Cabra, Kosovo on 18 October 2011

Italian army medical officer faces jail for saving life of pregnant cat

Lieutenant Barbara Balanzoni, a reservist who works as an anaesthetist in Tuscany, rescued the dying animal at a Nato base in Kosovo

5,000 years of scrounging: Scientists discover world’s earliest evidence of cats living off humans

New study reveals proof for first time of how cats became ‘domesticated’

Super Mario 3D World review (Wii U): can Nintendo's plumber fix a clogged up console?

The Wii U has taken a different path to the Xbox One and the PS4 - and the latest instalment of Nintendo's stalwart series shows how good this can be

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<p>Walk into any shoe shop in the country and you’re bound to see a
pair of leopard print heels, but this Italian pair is particularly gorgeous.
With a soft point, traditional d’Orsay design and a mid-heel, they will set off
your little black dress a treat.</p>
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1. Hobbs Alana Court

Walk into any shoe shop in the country and you’re bound to see a pair of leopard print heels, but this Italian pair is particularly gorgeous. With a soft point, traditional d’Orsay design and a mid-heel, they will set off your little black dress a treat.

£127.20, hobbs.co.uk

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Stepping out: 10 best party shoes for Christmas

You've got your Christmas party outfit sorted, but what about your shoes? We've got fancy footwear covered.

The RSPCA receives more than 1,500 complaints about puppy farms each year

Puppy power: MPs forced to debate plight of factory pets in 'battery farms for dogs'

Hundreds of thousands of puppies and kittens bred in the pet equivalent of 'battery farms' is a national pet 'crisis', warn campaigners

Cats recognise their owners' voices but never evolved to care, says study

Japanese researchers tested cats' reactions to their owners, suggesting that because cats "domesticated themselves" they never needed to take notice

Panthera blytheae: Scientists discover oldest ever big cat fossil

Snow leopard-like cat roamed the Tibetan plateau up to six million years ago

Man jailed for 20 weeks after trying to kill his neighbours’ cat

Karl Dyke had the pet in a noose and ‘moments from death’ when its owners intervened

A British Shorthair kitten plays with a toy mouse

People who write about their cats used to make my eyes roll. How things change

The hidden philosophical appeal of cat literature

Book review: Worst. Person. Ever. By Douglas Coupland

Survival of the foulest in our dumbed-down junk world

Iran plans to launch Persian cat into space as it prepares to send first human astronaut by 2018

Iran is preparing to launch a cat into space, just seven months after claiming to have sent a monkey on a successful 20 minute flight 72 miles into the atmosphere.

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

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Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture