Homes evacuated amid factory blaze in Radcliffe

Around 100 houses had to be evacuated after a large fire broke out at a factory and ruptured a gas main.

Twenty-eight people hurt in Spanish fireworks accident

Twenty-eight people were injured when a rogue firework accidentally set off thousands of others in a Spanish church bell tower, raining sparks and burning material on people gathered for a festival below.

1. Spice Girls: The group that inspired “Girl Power” arrived in black cabs and were soon dancing atop the vehicles in the costumes that defined their alter egos

London Olympics 2012 closing ceremony: Eccentric, bewildering – and shameless good fun

The guests arrived intoxicated by success and danced through the night

Swan Lake, English National Ballet, London

English National Ballet has had its share of offstage dramas recently, from a sudden switch of directors to a visa crisis. On stage, the company dance Swan Lake with care and confidence, from swan dances to the human relationships.

Honeymooner's family 'desolate' after murder suspects cleared

Amid scenes of jubilation, two workers at a luxury hotel were today acquitted of the murder of a Northern Ireland woman killed while on honeymoon on the holiday island of Mauritius.

Gunmen kill seven as fans celebrate Palmeiras' Brazilian Cup victory

Gunmen have killed seven people and wounded 10 during loud street celebrations after the Palmeiras football team won the Brazilian Cup.

Rain eases deadly US wildfires

Rain has cooled Colorado's deadly wildfires, but more than a dozen blazes elsewhere in the West have continued chewing through bone-dry pine and brush as firefighters keep a nervous eye for fireworks and other hazards.

Croatia applaud their fans after exiting Euro 2012

Croatia face fresh investigation for incidents during Spain match

UEFA have opened fresh disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for incidents during Monday's Euro 2012 Group C game with Spain.

Nicklas Bendtner exposes his underwear after scoring for Denmark

Croatia racist fine less than Nicklas Bendtner's punishment – that's Uefa

Uefa has fined Croatia £65,000 for racially abusing Mario Balotelli – just a day after they handed Nicklas Bendtner a much-tougher sanction for exposing underwear advertising.

MARIO BALOTELLI: The Italy striker threatened to walk off the pitch if subjected to racist abuse during games

Croatia fans found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli

UEFA's attempts to stamp racism out of the European Championship came under the spotlight today when Croatia were fined less for monkey chants at Mario Balotelli than Nicklas Bendtner was for displaying a sponsored pair of underwear.

Russia punished again over behaviour of fans

UEFA have fined the Russian Football Union for spectator-related incidents during their Euro 2012 match against Poland.

Red light shone at Olympic flame plane

Police are investigating a report that a red light was shone at the plane carrying the Olympic flame as it came in to land in Britain.

Willie Mullins won both Grade Ones yesterday at rain-hit festival

Derby deal delights as Mullins masters muddy Punchestown

The barometer may be set fair for its most venerable prize, given a spectacular vote of confidence from the sponsors of the Derby yesterday, but otherwise the Turf seemed to lie in a soggy, midwinter time-warp. The steeplechases scheduled at Punchestown were abandoned, and the remaining hurdle and bumper races run in conditions bordering on the farcical. An inspection will be required this morning to pass the course for a card that features the outstanding mare, Quevega.

Glimmer of hope: Padraig Harrington plays his second shot to the 18th green

Harrington must take a ride on 'four-shot swings'

The boy from Northern Ireland slipped on the down escalator yesterday and fell flat on his face. Passing him on the up escalator was the man from Dublin. Padraig Harrington fired off five birdies in six holes from the 13th while Rory McIlroy fizzled out with double bogeys at the first and fourth. Harrington is four-under after a third-round 68 and is poised to lead the Sunday charge from the chasing pack.

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