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The Northern Irishman struck a 63 in the opening round to put him nine under par

Man dies as Las Vegas bakes in extreme heat

A man died and another was in hospital in a serious condition as a heatwave blistered parts of the US.

'Anglia Square Not Leicester Square' is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

A-ha! Alan Partridge fans' plea to have 'Alpha Papa' film premiere in Norwich

“Anglia Square Not Leicester Square” is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

Mission Drift starring Heather Christian as Miss Atomic at the National Theatre

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A friend of mine recently got married in Las Vegas and celebrated by going to see Rod Stewart in concert there. He was enchanted by the whole glitzy glamour of the experience, and yet he’s a pretty old-fashioned type of socialist and, as it happens, an actor.

A million children grow up without fathers, report warns

More than a million children are growing up in the UK without a father, a report on family breakdown has found.

Box art for the 1982 game, credit: Atari

'Worst videogame of all time' to be exhumed from its New Mexico grave

Documentary crew will attempt to recover ET: The Extra-Terrestrial from the desert

Atheists may still experience everlasting bliss

Is there a modern version of hell that avoids the medieval image of demons thrusting the souls of the damned into hellfire? Indeed there is. In Catholic circles, hell is defined as an eternity spent in the absence of God.

Ben Fogle: The adventurer talks frostbite, flesh-eating bugs - and an Atlantic challenge

Being on an expedition is about deprivation Whether its trekking through the jungles in Peru or hiking up Kilimanjaro, you really value the resources you have: one pair of pants, limited rations of food, limited battery power. My trips also remind me what I have left behind. Once I'm back home, I'll really value what I have, until I start to become complacent – then I'll go off around the world again.

No answer to this Approach: Sheikh refuses to comment on doping scandal as he watches Derby contender scoop 2,000 Guineas

Once Sheikh Mohammed elected to watch Dawn Approach compete in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, it was inevitable that the topic of the recent doping scandal that has shaken his elite Godolphin racing empire and the sport as a whole would be high on any list of questions. Almost as inevitably, its broaching was the cold spoon in the soufflé, even in the aftermath of the colt's impressive victory.

Life on Mars, in Utah

As rock samples show evidence of life on the Red Planet, scientists and enthusiasts live like astronauts far closer to home,  in the harsh terrain of Utah's desert

Dark side of the tunes: Julie Burchill

The Week In Radio: When a castaway's confessions are a real treasure

My plan this week was to write about science. Honestly, it was. The World Service was running a series of solemn-sounding talks called Exchanges at the Frontier, each delivered by leading epidemiologists, physiologists and other miscellaneous ologists whose job titles were very possibly made up. However bleak their message, I felt it my duty to hear them out. And listening on Sunday morning, for a while I was genuinely concerned about the plight of humankind in the face of horrible mutating viruses that could knock out much of population and possibly leave pigs and poultry to run things.

A Hologram for the King, By Dave Eggers

This elegiac novel of mid-life crisis brilliantly captures the decline of a superpower

Stephen Gallacher hit five eagles on his way to victory

Stephen Gallacher ends his long wait for European Tour title in Dubai

Scottish golfer wins only second title of long career

Fired up: Festival nirvana at Burning Man

The song "Stand by Me" will never again sound the same. Not now I've danced to it in a dust storm, with only snow goggles and cycling mask to protect my eyes and lungs. Not when the chorus concluded a pop-up wedding I chanced upon in the Nevada desert.

The Cave – Review

Ron Gilbert takes us on an adventure of puzzlement, sarcasm and spelunking in Double Fine's latest release.

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