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The Pennsylvania Casino have denied claims that there may be snakes inside the building following posts on social media of a snake bite

NoViolet Bulawayo; Colm Toibin; Eleanor Catton

Man Booker Prize for Fiction: Six different nationalities on shortlist

The six authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction are all of different nationalities for the first time in the prestigious literary award’s history, with Zimbabwe making its debut in the shape of NoViolet Bulawayo.

Child protection expert: Don’t target Google to stop abuse

A government policy to tackle the growing problem of online child abuse is nonsensical and based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how paedophiles target their victims, according to the former head of Britain’s online child protection agency.

Three years in prison if your 'slanderous statements' are shared and RTed: China launches crackdown against online social media

China is stepping up its efforts to halt “online rumour-mongering” as part of a broader crackdown on social media, which Chinese people are using more and more to sidestep censorship of political debate.

Mesut Ozil poses with new Arsenal team-mate Lukas Podolski while on duty with the Germany. Podolski, currently out with a hamstring injury, was being examined by the national team doctor

Arsenal investigate academy coach tweet after alleged Mesut Ozil transfer bet

Coach Mark Arber posted on his Twitter account 'Lovely bit of 14-1 Mesut' causing the Gunners to launch an investigation into whether betting regulations have been breached

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Iain Duncan Smith puts ministerial career on the line after rolling out a barrel-full of jargon and clichés

It’s a sure sign that a minister is under pressure when the jargon level rises. As Iain Duncan Smith defended himself today the jargonometer surged into the red zone.

Roy Hodgson still targeting triumph at 2014 World Cup in Brazil

FA chairman Greg Dyke says winning in Rio is unrealistic

One of Oscar Murillo's lottery tickets

It could be you: £2,500 tickets available for the art world's new lottery

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor

Comment: Gordon Taylor must be open about his own gambling issues for the sake of the PFA

He is realistic enough to know that he cannot simply hope to sweep this under the carpet

PFA chairman, Gordon Taylor

Comment: Gordon Taylor's position as PFA chief left untenable by ignoring own advice on betting

Betting is football's oldest friend and its oldest foe, its Jekyll and Hyde

Koreas agree to allow family reunions to resume after lull

North and South Korea agreed yesterday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul with missile strikes and nuclear war.

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring on his Tottenham debut with a penalty in the 50th minute

Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 match report: Roberto Soldado and Co show there can still be life after Gareth Bale

£26m Spanish signing gets Andre Villas-Boas' side off to winning start

Sergey Kovalev took four rounds to clinch the WBO light heavyweight title from Nathan Cleverly

Boxing: Nathan Cleverly loses his WBO light heavyweight belt to Sergey Kovalev after fourth-round knockout in Cardiff

Welshman suffers first defeat of his career to unstoppable Kovaelv

The Secret Player, by Anonymous

First the Secret Olympian, then the Secret Footballer, and now the Secret Player; Anonymous is a busy author these days. The promise of such books is to give us explosive insider's dope, but what emerges here instead is a rather bleak view of the "beautiful game".

Romanian princess and husband charged over alleged Oregon cockfighting ring

Irina Walker, 60,  is the daughter of the last king of Romania

David Moyes greets Marouane Fellaini’s goal against Arsenal

Transfer news: David Moyes 'confident' of signing the Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini after pulling out of Willian and Mesut Ozil chase

United will focus their transfer attempts on Belgian striker after Toffees boss Roberto Martinez admits they will look at suitable offers made for the Belgian

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable