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Man arrested over attack on soldier

A man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked attack on a soldier who was celebrating his homecoming from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Afghan tour soldier attacked in the street

A soldier recently home from a tour of Afghanistan was in a critical condition today after an unprovoked attack in the street, police said.

Four killed in three kayaking accidents

Four people have died in three separate kayaking accidents since Tuesday.

Man in court over divorce party murder

A man was facing trial today accused of killing his ex-wife who was stabbed to death as she prepared to host her divorce party.

Wyn Morris: Conductor whose gifts were undermined by his relations with musicians and administrators

Wyn Morris was one of the finest conductors that Britain has produced, an interpreter whose readings of the late-Romantic repertoire in particular drew excited reviews from the critics. But Morris's character was that of a Shakespearean hero, his immense gifts undermined by personal weakness – an insecurity which time and again poisoned his relations with other musicians and with the administrators whose approval he never realised he required. His ornery instincts, exacerbated by alcoholism, could make his behaviour unreliable to the point of self-destructiveness.

Paedophile babysitter raped girl, five

A paedophile was able to rape a five-year-old girl he was babysitting because agencies failed to tell her mother he was a convicted sex offender.

Ashok Kumar 'died from natural causes'

Labour MP Ashok Kumar, who was found dead in his home, died from natural causes, police said today.

MP Ashok Kumar found dead

Tributes were paid to the Labour MP Ashok Kumar today after he was found dead at his constituency home. Anxious staff raised the alarm after being unable to contact Dr Kumar, 53, who was only the fifth Asian to be elected to Parliament since the Second World War.

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Few conductors have invigorated repertoires with the verve that Pierre Boulez has brought to his interpretations of Stravinsky, compiled here across six CDs.

Case against Ohio bodies suspect expands overseas

Authorities are investigating whether a suspected serial killer whose home and yard harboured the remains of at least 11 people is connected to any killings in places he lived while in the military, including Japan, California and the Carolinas.

A new house of horrors that shocked America

The gruesome details of the Sowell case have plumbed new depths in criminal depravity. But the revelations of skulls and smells have also put the authorities in the spotlight

Rapist in court as police dig bodies from garden

A convicted rapist who lived among the decomposing corpses of at least 10 women has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and murder, as police continue searching his home for more human remains.

Boy, 10, is found hanging in woods

The death of a 10-year-old boy who was found hanging in woods appeared to be a "tragic accident", police said.

Microsoft bank on Family Guy to sell Windows 7

A special episode of the adult cartoon comedy show Family Guy will air on 8 November with exclusive Microsoft sponsorship, the Fox network has announced, in a move executives hope will redress the publicity balance for Windows 7, which has so far struggled to attract anything but derision for Microsoft's promotional efforts.

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