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US President adds that the substance is actually less damaging ‘in terms of its impact on the individual customer’

American 100-metre record holder Tyson Gay, who had promoted himself as a clean athlete, tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships in Moscow

Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay both test positive for oxilofrine

High-profile sprinters are among six athletes to have failed drug tests in the space of 24 hours

Ashes to ashes: The aftermath of last week’s fire near Yarnell, Arizona

Climate change fanned the flames of the Arizona wildfire

Out of America: As summers get hotter we will see more blazes like the one that killed 19 firefighters last week

The Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot crew of Prescott, Arizona. Eighteen of the 19 victims of the Yarnell Hills wildfire are from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots, fire officials said. It's not known where the other victim was based

Devasting Arizona wildfire kills 19 firefighters from elite 'Hotshot' unit - and it's still blazing

Wildfire prompted evacuations of at least 50 homes

Ethos of Empire: G A Henty (1832-1902)

Invisible Ink: No 179 - G A Henty

You may only be familiar with GA Henty's name if you walk the dog in London's Brompton Cemetery, where he's buried, but in his time he was very well known indeed. A prolific novelist and special correspondent who reported on the appalling conditions of the Crimean War, he wrote 122 novels by my count, and you'll probably find one or two on the shelves of your local Ukip office, assuming anyone there can read.

Don't look down! Nik Wallenda crosses the Grand Canyon on just two inches of steel rope

He is already considering his next death-defying feat in New York

Nik Wallenda will cross the Grand Canyon with cameras rigged to his body

Watch if you dare: Daredevil to attempt high-wire Grand Canyon crossing

Armchair thrill-seekers will be able to watch a high-wire walker cross the Grand Canyon, Arizona without a harness on television late tonight.

Crash course: The G8 summit

This year’s meeting of the Group of Eight – or the G8 – begins in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on Monday. The summit draws the world’s most powerful leaders – as well as protests and disruption.

A local council in Canada spred chicken droppings in an attempt to drive away homeless people

City bosses in Abbotsford, Canada, try to drive away the homeless using chicken manure

City manager 'deeply sorry' for ploy

US teenager who allegedly had six home-made bombs hidden in his bedroom planned school attack 'specifically modelled' on Columbine

A range of explosives were discovered comprising pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb

Galifianakis reportedly invited Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, 87, to the Los Angeles premiere of the third of his Hangover films

Hollywood practices random acts of red-carpet kindness

The Hangover actor Zach Galifianakis’s date for his movie premieres isn’t arm candy  – it’s his 87-year-old friend who he saved from homelessness. Bravo, says Simon Usborne

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty through insanity over the Batman cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado, last year

James Holmes changes plea to not guilty through insanity over Batman cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12

The cinema shooter - at a premiere screening on the Dark Knight Rises - killed 12 and injured 70

British poker champion Marcus Bebb-Jones sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder of his wife 16 years ago

A British poker champion has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the murder of his wife in America 16 years ago.

Review: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, By david Sedaris

One owl, not much about diabetes

The Paraguayan presidential candidate and businessman, Horacio Cartes, currently leads in the polls

Horacio Cartes: Millionaire. Criminal. Business titan.
Homophobe. The next president of Paraguay?

He has been called many things during his extraordinary life, and he could soon add a new title

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford

US gun control: Sandy Hook was meant to have changed America. Then politics got in the way

Fearful of electoral defeat, members of President's own party help shoot down gun control bill

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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