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Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

Facebook campaign launched to get 'It's Raining Men' to number 1 after Ukip councillor blames floods on gay marriage

A Facebook campaign to get the classic 80s track ‘It’s Raining Men’ to the top of the charts has been deluged with support following a Ukip councillor claiming the legalisation of same-sex marriage was to blame for the recent floods.

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Rowing on a crisp winter morning: Why do they do it to themselves?

An ode to the dedicated souls pounding away out on the river before the sun's even up

10,000 people living on boats in London

The city needs better facilities to cope with demand for trend towards waterway living, says new report

Michael Clarke of Australia and Alastair Cook of England look on before day one of the First Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: England and Australia ordered to tone down sledging war following departure of Jonathan Trott

Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will be spoken to by the match referee before the start of the second Test

Australia bowler Peter Siddle has warned England that the sledging onslaught will not stop anytime soon

Ashes 2013-14: The sledging onslaught will continue throughout the series, warns Australia bowler Peter Siddle

The verbal abuse between the two sides has dominated the fallout from the first Test after Australian captain Michael Clarke was fined for comments made to James Anderson

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The Wales prop Adam Jones is struggling to be fit for a game against Argentina

Round-Up: Wales add four players to squad after defeat

Wales have called up four players to train with the national squad following their 24-15 defeat to South Africa. The Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones, plus Newport-Gwent Dragons backs Hallam Amos and Tom Prydie will provide cover after the 2013 Six Nations champions lost a quartet of players to injury by half-time.

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'Every heart in India is crying today': India mourns the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar

The batsman will call time on his international career next month when he reaches 200 Tests

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