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Arsenal attacker sticks to his guns about Capello but tells Sam Wallace he wants a central striking role for club and country

McCarthy pleads innocence

Mick McCarthy, the Republic of Ireland manager, yesterday claimed that he was an innocent victim of last season's FA Cup final ticket scandal.

Accountants back BBC forgery claim

A claim that the BBC Panorama programme used a fabricated financial document in an investigation into the business dealings of Terry Venables, the England football coach, received backing from a firm of City accountants last night.

Books: Muscling in at the light end

A long wrestling career encouraged Garp's creator to try the written word. A case of upping the metaphoric rate, says Harry Pearson; The Imaginary Girlfriend by John Irving Bloomsbury, pounds 9.99

The week 'Punch' really had kick

I was listening to the highly entertaining Postcard from Gotham on Radio 4 on Saturday and heard Christopher Hitchens launch into a funny story about Alan Coren and first of all, as a precaution, ask Joe Queenan, the (highly entertaining) host, if he had ever heard of Alan Coren.

SPORTS LETTERS: Only joking

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Public sleaze is blamed for moral decay

FRAN ABRAMS

Injury damages 'ignore inflation'

STEPHEN WARD

Dear Wrigley's

OK, so your sugar-free gum is Britons' favourite sweet, but don't think we swallow the tale that it is healthy and sophisticated

Backhander claims 'were made up to get Venables'

An advertising executive who claims that Terry Venables, the England football manager, appeared to be behind bogus invoices was accused in court yesterday of lying.

Ethics put to the test

THE scene was the Highbury press room last December, the Saturday after George Graham had been alleged to have accepted money from the agent Rune Hauge. Jeremy Paxman stood at the rear of the room, there to compose his "celebrity match report" for another Sunday newspaper.

Yes, headmaster, it's all down to you

Gillian Shephard has announced a new qualification for headteachers. Fran Abrams and Judith Judd examine a vital role

Big concept, top licks

Irish surname, Latino vibe: Kip Hanrahan is a funkmeister with few peers. By Phil Johnson

Letter: Marr done good

From Mr Andrew Belsey

England sheepish in traditional defeat

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Hanley fails to quell doubts on his future

Beleaguered Tory chairman insists party finances are healthy but displays little confidence about keeping his job for general election
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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

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The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
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Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
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Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style