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First Twenty20 International: England 151-1 (17.5 overs) beat Australia 150-3 (20 overs) by nine wickets

Pick-pocket gang leader jailed for training Bosnian girls to target Asian tourists in Paris

A latter-day “Fagin”, who earned more than €1m a year by training Bosnian girls to pick-pocket Asian tourists in Paris, was jailed for seven years.

Wallace and Gromit pictured as part of a £4m campaign to boost UK tourism

Just crackers? Wallace and Gromit to front £4m campaign to boost British tourist

Wallace and Gromit are to feature in a £4 million campaign to boost UK tourism.

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Brendon McCullum plays a reverse sweep during the second Test in Wellington earlier this year

'We're nobody's starter': New Zealand ready for summer tour of England

Kiwis insist they are a lot more than a warm-up act for the Australians as they plan to inflict more pain on England

The planned development

The Croatians who want to stop golf's Great White Shark eating their coastline

The last time Croatians voted in a referendum it was to decide whether – 21 years after the country broke away from Yugoslavia and declared independence – it should join the European Union.

Neil Jenkins' appointment adds to the Welsh influence in the Lions party for this summer’s tour

Lions land Neil Jenkins as kicking coach

The British and Irish Lions have won only four Test series in a century, three of them through the boot, so the addition of Neil Jenkins to the coaching team for this summer's tour of Australia makes complete sense. Jenkins was appointed to the back-room staff – a move that can only enhance Leigh Halfpenny's chances of making the starting line-up for the opening meeting with the Wallabies in Brisbane on 22 June.

Man pleads guilty to British soldier's manslaughter in Cyprus

David Lee Collins was stabbed the day before he was due to fly out to Afghanistan

Afloat: companies are offering price promises

Cruise Report: P&O and Cunard push the boat out for early bookers

The brochures for 2014 from the major cruise lines are out. With them comes the usual dilemma of whether to book now or wait for a bargain – but this time with added twists.

Strange fiction: an extract from the Scarfolk Council archives as imagined by Richard Littler

How to wash a child's brain: Designer Richard Littler creates fictional world based on terrifying public service films

Somewhere in the north-west of England a town stuck in a hellish vision of the 1970s

The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ cruise liner

10 Britons on Caribbean cruise robbed at gunpoint in St Lucia

Some 55 passengers were held up by three gunmen on a bus in town of Soufrière

Spanish resorts on Chinese wish list

Officials from China's tourism office are looking at investing in hotels and resorts in Spain, which has been badly hit by the financial crisis.

James Ashton: Even little-known Jazan gets a $15bn makeover

Have you heard of Jazan? Nope, me neither – until this week.

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Postcard from... Italy

Shop Assistant Dominic Aversano hands over a petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to back up his claim that he could live on £53 a week by doing so for a year

Prove it! Campaigners deliver petition calling for Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week to his Whitehall office

Petition with almost half a million signatures demands the Work and Pensions Secretary backs up his claim

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?