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Man in court after murder-charge extradition

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How do you survive a sea storm? Phone a friend...

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Wanted Briton shot in Spain 'contract killing'



Police believe that a Briton shot dead in a Costa del Sol bar was the victim of a contract killing, it was revealed today.

Howard Jacobson: A one-eyed giant nearly stopped me getting home

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British holidaymaker dies in fall

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Holidaymaker plunged five floors to his death

A holidaymaker plunged five floors to his death after trying to leap across hotel balconies during a "lads weekend" in Spain, an inquest heard today.

Threats cancel British matador's book sessions

After his triumphant return to the bullring less than a fortnight ago, the Salford matador Frank Evans was looking forward to a hectic spell in Britain promoting his autobiography chronicling four decades of facing death in the afternoon.

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Russian gang's 'lethal virus' ransom scam on Costa del Sol backfires

The victim was warned that he would first feel feverish, then sweaty and dizzy, then he would vomit and die from a lethal virus, unless he paid €12,000 (£10,160) as his own ransom.

The Hacker: Heaven on earth as lack of pressure helps me to reign in Spain

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Pair face life in jail over £580m Ireland drugs haul

Two British men are facing up to life behind bars after admitting their part in Ireland’s largest ever drugs seizure.

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Costa lot: Expats forced to tighten their belts

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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