The Wrong Blood, By Manual de Lope, trans. John Cullen

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Afghan blast victim was 'model soldier'

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Motorcycling: Lorenzo benefits from absence of Rossi to extend lead in championship race

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the British MotoGP from pole position for Yamaha at Silverstone yesterday to extend his championship lead to 37 points.

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