Ian Bell on his way to an unbeaten 63 which brought up the winning total for England yesterday

Ian Bell finally banishes Ajmal's desert spells

Batsman puts his winter spin difficulties against Pakistan behind him to suggest he is ready for a glorious summer

Saved... from a toy snake

A woman who called in animal rescue after finding what she thought was a 5ft-long snake in her loft was left blushing after it proved to be a novelty draught excluder.

Rory McIlroy despairs in Augusta

Remembering The Masters meltdown

Where were you when Rory McIlroy cracked at Augusta? James Corrigan tracks down his friends and family to relive the horrors of last year's final round

The Snow Child, By Eowyn Ivey

Fantasies from the wild frontier

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, were once a 'dream team'

The rivals: Canberra's political hate story

Two years ago, Kevin Rudd was ousted as Australian Prime Minister by former ally Julia Gillard. Is he about to get his revenge? Kathy Marks reports on a poisonous feud

Pregnant woman attacked by knifeman

A heavily pregnant woman was assaulted by three men, one of whom used a knife to "jab" her stomach, police said today.

My Fantasy Band: Christian Zucconi, Grouplove

Drums - Picasso

I've always wondered what he could do with a pair of sticks.

Ball and his Spitfire; he later served in Washington and as an assistant Chief of Staff at SHAPE in Belgium

Air Marshal: Sir Alfred Ball Daring photo-reconnaissance pilot in the Second World War

Alone, five miles up, in an unarmed, pale pastel-painted Spitfire, 22-year-old Flying Officer Freddie Ball proved himself a master of one of the RAF's most dangerous wartime duties, photo-reconnaissance over enemy-held territory in daylight. Taking pictures over Germany during the Second World War, Ball had only elapsed time, dead reckoning and a compass to get him home with the precious photographs after a six-hour sortie in an unpressurised, unheated cabin keeping to about 30,000 feet to avoid making a give-away condensation trail.

1. La Compagnie de Provence sponge: £14, selfridges.co.uk - A soft natural sponge is a real treat in the shower, and a good alternative for those who dislike man-made fibres or scratchy mitts.

The 10 Best Shower products

Soap up and rinse off stress, grime and grit with these brilliant bathroom buys, from spartan sponges to luxe lathers

Shaun Derry's challenge ends Yohan Cabaye's afternoon under the eye of referee Chris Foy

Mark Hughes sees bright signs from his new charges

Newcastle United 1 Queen's Park Rangers 0

Big Buck's seeks a 14th consecutive win at Ascot

Riot clean-up: 'Bring brooms, brushes, gloves and heavy-duty rubbish bags'

"They called themselves protesters. This is a protest," said Rachel Philips, defiantly waving her broom outside Clapham Junction station. She was one of thousands who mobilised to clean up the morning after the worst civil unrest on Britain's streets for many decades. "Bring gloves, heavy duty sacks, brooms, brushes and marker pens," instructed a Twitter feed, @RiotCleanUp. It had over 70,000 followers within hours.

Deborah Mattinson: Boots, gloves and tools - what it means to be working class

It was a Thursday evening in the Basildon Pitsea Leisure Centre. Phil pushed back his chair, and, swinging his legs up, slapped a mud-encrusted pair of workman's boots on the table. "These are my working-class object," he said. "I couldn't work without them. They say work to me. And working class means work."

Braids: A bona-fide garage band

Braids are four best friends from Canada, who have just released their debut album, Native Speaker. Bursting with lush, multi-layered dream pop, including their sumptuous-sounding single "Lemonade", it has seen the newcomers heralded as "Canada's newest heirs to Arcade Fire's throne" by NME. Now Braids are about to embark on their first UK tour.

Bouncers held after Briton killed at club

The devastated mother of a British man who was beaten to death at a German nightclub has described his killers as "not human beings".

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

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