Turtle conservationist shot dead 'by poachers' on Costa Rica beach

Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will put his unbeaten record on the line

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather to fight Saul Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will put his unbeaten record on the line in a light-middleweight unification world title fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez later this year.

Fresh-faced Tom Daley hosts Splash!

Diving: Injured Tom Daley forced to rest in blow to World Championships preparations

Tom Daley has suffered a setback in his World Championships preparations after he was forced to pull out of today's grand prix event in Fort Lauderdale with an elbow injury.

Floyd Mayweather in action in his victory over Robert Guerrero

Boxing: $32m and no bruises as Mayweather dances his way to more easy money

Guerrero's $6m purse is compensation for a battering at the hands of sport's top earner

The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ cruise liner

10 Britons on Caribbean cruise robbed at gunpoint in St Lucia

Some 55 passengers were held up by three gunmen on a bus in town of Soufrière

Javier Hernandez celebrates a goal for Mexico

United States boss Juergen Klinsmann wary of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

The US take on Mexico in a World Cup qualifier tonight

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Currently coaching the US national team, Klinsmann would be a hugely popular choice at the Lane. The former Germany international enjoyed two spells at Tottenham as a player, during which he became a favourite among the fans. His time in management has seen him take Germany to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and Bayern Munich to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Criticism of Juergen Klinsmann from un-named US players labelled 'shameful' and 'embarrassing'

Players allegedly questioned the German's training regime and tactical approach

Kevin-Prince Boateng took a stand against racial abuse by walking off the pitch in January

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sepp Blatter for anti-racism talks this month

AC Milan midfielder took a stand against abuse by leaving the pitch in January

He's not dead! World's most dangerous fugitive was NOT killed in Guatemalan jungle shootout

Reports of death of drugs baron known as El Chapo blamed on a government 'mix up'

Australia beat West Indies to claim Women's World Cup title

Ellyse Perry inspired Australia to a convincing 114-run win in the Women's World Cup final in Mumbai today.

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Wigan not only a stepping stone for players insists Roberto Martinez

A number of players have moved on to 'bigger' clubs

There is far more to Mayans than the end of the world

They might be best known for having predicted the end of the world on 21 December 2012, but the Mayans gave us so much more to appreciate, admire and learn from before our inevitable doom. Though it has been wildly misinterpreted, the very fact that the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar survives to this day – well, to Friday, to be precise – is a measure of the Mayans' success. The Long Count began in 3114BC, and has been counting down ever since.

Indigenous Mayan people at a ceremony outside Guatemala City

What have the Mayans ever done for us... apart from predict the end of the world?

Tim Walker on the constructive side of the prophets of doom

Man opens fire in US hospital and is shot dead by police

A man opened fire in a hospital in Alabama, US, wounding a police officer and two employees before he was shot dead by police.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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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
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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

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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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