Ricky Ponting in action for Surrey

Ricky Ponting struggles for grand farewell with Notts on top

Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 50-0

Editorial: The high price of payday loans

It is better to have lending in the legal economy than drive it into the criminal underworld

California couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier who took gay marriage ban to court get married just an hour after legal ruling

The lead plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

James Pattinson celebrates the dismissal of Chris Jones

Somerset 320 & 260 Australians 321-5dec & 36-0: James Pattinson’s looking a real Ashes threat

An early term report on Australia’s progress might say: “Good, room for improvement, none for complacency.” The tourists are steamrollering Somerset in the first match of the Ashes tour but Somerset have suffered similar crushings already this season by their Championship peers.

Guitarist Wang Hongbin performing on the Tesla Coil

A truly electrifying performance

A Chinese band have really thrown down the gauntlet for musicians when it comes to spine-tingling performances.

James Foster’s 143 continued a fine run of form for Essex

County Cricket Round-Up

Batsman of the Day

Kevin Pietersen celebrates his 177 not out against Yorkshire

'Genius' Kevin Pietersen fires big ton to make Ashes statement of intent

Any notion that Kevin Pietersen might need a knock or two to rediscover his touch after 100 days without a competitive innings need no longer concern England pre-Ashes. After two days in the field, his right knee apparently fully recovered from the deep-seated bone bruising that had laid him low since the second Test in Wellington in March, Pietersen went about his primary business with bat in hand and responded with 177 not out, his 48th first-class hundred and his ninth biggest.

Essex v Lancashire match report: Essex skittled for just 20 on day of humiliation

Essex 273 & 20 (Mickleburgh 10; Chapple 5-9); Lancashire 398 (Katich 122; Masters); 4-72 Lancashire win by an innings and 105 runs

Syrian rebels 'gain control' of a key military base in Hama

Syrian rebels have gained control of a key military base in the central Hama province after intense clashes with regime forces, activists said.

'Near apocalyptic' dust storm causes 27-vehicle pileup, killing lorry driver and leaving several others fighting for their lives

Blinded by dust as the storm tore across Interstate 80, vehicles began ploughing into each other, dramatically stretching limited emergency resources in sparsely populated Humboldt County, Nevada

Matthew Fisher becomes youngest county cricket star aged 15

Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher today became county cricket's youngest post-war player after he was handed his senior debut by Yorkshire.

Protesters clashing with riot police in Istanbul

Turkey protests continue despite Deputy Prime Minister's apology over police's 'excessive violence'

Politicians accused of giving mixed signals in bid to quell anti-government protests

Caleb McGillivary is accused of killing Joseph Galfy at his home

'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' denies murdering 73-year-old lawyer

A man who gained internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Ricky Ponting’s 192 was not enough to hand Surrey their first win

'Small-town club' Derbyshire fume at Surrey's lucky Ricky Ponting

Derbyshire 452 & 164-3 Surrey 553-8 dec

Centurion Adam Lyth has an average of 47.6 against Somerset
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What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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