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Waxwings are regular winter visitors to Britain and Ireland

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

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Swans face Middlesbrough tonight

The creator of hit TV drama Homeland Gideon Raff has condemns MoD for running a 'crude animal laboratory'

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The creator of hit TV drama Homeland has condemned the Ministry of Defence for running a "crude animal laboratory" in which live pigs are shot with high-powered rifles so army medics can practise surgery on them.

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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez seeks unlikely salvation in Champions League

First win of Chelsea rein may not be enough to avoid Champions League elimination

Nato ready to deploy Patriot missiles on border with Syria

Nato is due today to authorise the deployment of Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border amid apprehension that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad may launch attacks using its stock of chemical weapons.

Lindegaard appears to be United's new first-choice

Football needs a gay 'hero' says Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

Danish keeper understands difficulty for homosexual footballers to come out

The military medical staff carry out the drills on pigs which are shot and then operated on at a course provided in Nato's training facilities in Jaegerspris, Denmark.

Ministry of Defence defends practice of shooting and injuring pigs for army medic training

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has defended sending surgeons serving in the British Army to controversial medical training involving live pigs shot by marksmen to replicate battlefield wounds.

Detective Inspector Lund shakes out the mothballs and gets on the case

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The Hour, Wednesday, BBC2

The Danish detective starts the third series looking jaded, but soon she finds her jumper – and her appetite for the hunt

Hassel in 1962: he had taken part in the invasion of Poland

Sven Hassel: Soldier who won the Iron Cross and wrote best-sellers

Sven Hassel was a remarkable but controversial author who wrote successful novels set on the Eastern front in the Second World War. Starting in 1953 he published 14 novels, written in the first person, which were translated into 25 languages and published in 50 countries.

I should not have played against Chelsea, says Daniel Agger

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger admits he should have rested a groin problem against Chelsea at the weekend but played because of illness to Martin Skrtel.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it would not be possible to eradicate a disease which is threatening to devastate the UK's ash trees

Urgent action is needed to up UK's defences against plant diseases like fungus killing ash trees, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

Britain needs a radical rethink of its defences against emerging plant diseases brought in from abroad, such as the chalara fungus now threatening ash trees, the Environment Secretary, Owen Patterson, said.

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Deadly ash disease found in Essex and Kent woodlands

Tree-killing spores may have been carried by winds from Europe, say government scientists

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The Nordic detective was modelled on Dirty Harry

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