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Wenger has confirmed though that any moves are far from complete with the 11pm Friday deadline approaching

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Shocking new claims have emerged today regarding the death in China of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Suspects in hacking investigation rebailed

Two suspects in Scotland Yard's phone-hacking inquiry have been rebailed.

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The new headteachers' leader has transformed a failing school and counts the controversial Ofsted head as a friend. But that doesn't mean they give each other an easy ride, she tells Richard Garner.

Leveson condemns inquiry leaks

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised leaks from his inquiry, including this week's revelation that Scotland Yard loaned a horse to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.

Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks loaned police horse by Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard loaned former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks a police horse for her Oxfordshire farm.

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She didn't expect – and didn't get – an Oscar nod, but has 'a problem with Bafta'. The actress tells Fiona Mountford about the pitfalls of awards

2012 Olympic 'segregation' for warring nations

The delicate equilibrium of global politics is rarely a hotel manager's concern. But Chris Hale, who is managing London's Olympics' athletes' village for the InterContinental Hotels Group, has revealed details of the geopolitical segregation he has had to enforce in the hope of maintaining peace among his 17,000 guests.

Chris Huhne is waiting to hear if he will be charged over speeding allegations

Chris Huhne defies job fears with new £1.3m home

Chris Huhne, the Cabinet minister facing possible criminal charges for perverting the course of justice, has spent almost £1.3m on a new London home.

Andrew Miller won the Costa Book of the Year award with his sixth book, 'Pure'

Literary feud lies behind novel choice for Costa book of the year

Andrew Miller emerges triumphant after support for biography divides the judging panel

Amol Rajan: Beware the huge power of the not-quite-so-powerful

M odern elections can be won or lost according to what I call The Underdog Effect. All media outlets, except those who are actually a branch of a political party – like Fox News or The Sun – have an interest in seeing an extremely close contest. A nail-biting finish makes for the best story. So the media overplay the chances of the underdog and underplay the chances of the favourite. That gives the underdog an aura of electability they don't actually deserve – but thereby increases their attractiveness to voters and so their eventual chance of winning. You're seeing this in the contest to be the Republican party's presidential candidate this autumn, which is the longest suicide march in modern American history. Mitt Romney should be clear favourite. But Newt Gingrich's superb performance in South Carolina has created a momentum which all of America's media wants to feed. Gingrich finally triumphing over Mitt the Moderate – long established as the front-runner – would be a great story.

The Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, looks on last night during his side's comfortable victory against Aston Villa

Harry Redknapp not interested in England 'at present' say Tottenham

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says manager Harry Redknapp is not interested in the England job "at the present time".

Lord Bell:

Bell Pottinger head launches investigation over lobbyists

The chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group has launched an internal investigation after this week's controversy about the lobbying company.

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Outsider: Always Almost, Never Quite, By Brian Sewell

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