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James Hall had been forgotten after serving 25 years in prison – until the very different case of the NSA whistleblower brought the intelligence community back into the headlines

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Cameron promised to pull the Conservatives out of the European People's Party because it is too pro-EU

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David Cameron heads off to Russia on Thursday for the G20 summit of world leaders, promising that he is not going to shy away from tackling Vladimir Putin, pictured, about a couple of very serious differences between Russia’s regime and ours.

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Andre Villas-Boas promises Tottenham will look to win at the Emirates against Arsenal - despite missing Gareth Bale

The Wales international has a fine record against Arsenal, but with his move to Real Madrid imminent, is not available

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Andre Villas-Boas admits surprise at Andros Townsend call-up to England squad

Roy Hodgson selected the Tottenham midfielder for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Transfer news: Gareth Bale absence from Tottenham training set to be explained by Andre Villas-Boas

The Wales international is expected to join Real Madrid imminently

Security official shot dead in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - the site of next year's Winter Olympics

A security official was killed by unidentified gunmen in Russia’s Ingushetia republic today, the latest violence in a region plagued by an Islamist insurgency and near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Jim Armitage: Technology entrepreneurs who are changing the script of Greek tragedy 

Global Outlook: Athens now has four venture capitalist houses – a couple of years ago there were none

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Tottenham players 'not distracted' by ongoing transfer speculation around Gareth Bale and Willian

Spurs have been among the busiest sides in the transfer market - with their star player set for Real Madrid

London comic Chris Coltrane held up a photo of Putin’s naked torso and joked that if the Russian President wanted to stop the promotion of homosexuality 'maybe he should stop posing for photos like this'

Edinburgh Fringe performers stage 'comedy protest' against Russian homosexuality laws outside consulate in Scotland

Semi-naked photos of Vladimir Putin and a blast of Tchaikovsky played on an iPad formed parts of comedy protest against homophobia in Russia, staged outside the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh today.

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Sandro continues Tottenham comeback with appearance for under-21s

Brazilian suffered serious knee injury in January

Gareth Bale was in the stands for the International Friendly match against Ireland on Wednesday

Transfer news: £85m Real Madrid target Gareth Bale may have played last game for Tottenham

Injury means Wales star will be out until end of August

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Champions League: Arsenal’s opponents Fenerbahce face European expulsion

Gunners could lose the tie, then be reprieved by CAS

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas appeals for a decision during his side's draw against his former employers

Tottenham and Swansea learn their Europa League fate

Spurs will face Georgian league champions Dinamo Tbilisi while Swans face a trip to Romania to face Petrolul Ploiesti

PSV and Lyon take first-leg leads in Champions League qualifiers

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