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Russian court told to act over boys kept by father

A Russian court has been asked to intervene in an international tug-of-love over two boys whose father is keeping them in Russia in breach of an order made by an English judge following a marriage break-up, lawyers say.

The who's who of the murderous Mexican drug wars

After the capture of the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, we look at the background to the slaughter that haunts the country where Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a key player

Westwood and McIlroy set up their showdown

No time to dawdle over the roast beef lunch. The dog will have to walk itself. And you may need to draw the curtains. This is going to be tasty. Settle back in your sofa for Rory McIlroy versus Lee Westwood. And this time, it's personal.

American Football: Yates breaks fresh territory for Texans

It is a little bit of history that has been a decade in the making. Tonight at the Reliant Stadium, the Houston Texans will entertain the Cincinnati Bengals and finally experience a belated first taste of post-season in the opening fixture of the NFL play-offs.

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Gabrielle Giffords in surprise return to Capitol Hill for vote

She came, she smiled and she was greeted by tearful colleagues. But the glow of Gabrielle Giffords' unexpected appearance on Capitol Hill on Monday to vote for the debt-ceiling deal was quickly tempered by her frustration with the mess Congress had created over tax-and-spend policies in her absence.

Travel By Numbers: Texas

The minimum number of continuous comfortable riding hours a Texan cowboy can rack up on a personally crafted saddle (a bespoke saddle will set you back by about $600). If you fancy yourself as a would-be cowboy or girl, then Ranch Rider offers riding holidays at the Dixie Dude Ranch near Bandera, the self-styled Cowboy Capital of the World. Prices start at £799 per person full board with riding and saddle included, but excluding flights from the UK.

Wellwishers turn out as Giffords leaves hospital

An ambulance carried Gabrielle Giffords along a route lined with well-wishers holding flags yesterday, taking the congresswoman to a plane that will fly her to a Houston rehabilitation hospital and her next step in recovery.