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Struggling Hovis is to get £200 million of investment under a deal that will hand a major slice of the operation to an American firm.

Everton defender Leighton Baines

Selling Leighton Baines could fund Everton's Champions League push suggests Neville Southall

Left-back has been consistently linked with Manchester United

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Cinema

Stars so famous that even Father Christmas wants their autographs

Two boys arrested over pensioner killed during west London mugging

Two boys were arrested on suspicion of murder today by police investigating the death of a partially-sighted pensioner after being mugged.

Ronnie Barker's son jailed for child porn

The son of the comedian Ronnie Barker has been jailed for a year after he admitted making indecent images of children.

A general view of Port Vale's Vale Park

Martin Hardy: Port Vale prepare for a brighter future in bid to banish past

Life Beyond the Premier League: “It has been hard and emotional after the past few years and it was draining”

DVD: The Angels' Share (15)

"You're just a wee thug," claims a distraught mother about Robbie (Paul Brannigan), a scrawny Glaswegian who is desperate to escape his bleak environment for his baby son, and his caring girlfriend.

Police given extension to quiz terror suspects

Detectives have been granted more time to question four people arrested this month over a suspected terror plot in the UK.

Police given more time for 'terror plot' quiz

Detectives have been granted more time to question a 22-year-old woman over a suspected terror plot in the UK.

Terror investigation woman released by police

One of seven people being held in an investigation into a suspected terror plot has been released without charge.

Woman is seventh held in London terror probe

Police have arrested a seventh person as part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected terror plot.

Man killed and woman injured in Ealing shooting

A 32-year-old man was killed in a shooting today and a woman in her late 20s taken to hospital, police said.

How We Met: Chris Cox and Tim Minchin

'I get frustrated by how good he is, but it inspires me to do better'

Darrell Desuze sentenced for killing pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes during riots

The 17-year-old who killed a pensioner during last year’s rioting in London has been locked up for eight years.

PC spared jail after headbutt attack on boy, 14

A Metropolitan Police officer who headbutted a 14-year-old boy and swung him against a car escaped jail yesterday.

RICHARD MANNINGTON BOWES: The retired accountant was hit as he tried to put out a fire

Youth admits killing pensioner during riots

A teenager yesterday admitted to killing a retired accountant by punching him as he tried to put out a fire in a rubbish bin during last summer's riots.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there