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The latest stories and all the transfer rumours on Thursday 8 January

Coming to a big screen near you – live opera

A season of performances from the Royal Opera House is to be screened live at cinemas in Britain and across Europe.

Sore ankle adds Flintoff to walking wounded

The fitness of England talisman Andrew Flintoff is this morning a serious cause for concern after he aggravated an ankle injury which forced him out of the attack and allowed Sri Lanka to take a more commanding position than they might have expected in this third and final Test.

A tidal wave of insults threatens return voyage of 'Poseidon' movie

The screen legend Shelley Winters won a Golden Globe and Gene Hackman a Bafta for their appearances in the 1972 ocean liner disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure. But their performances were attacked yesterday by the film director Wolfgang Peterson in a bizarre riposte to those critics who have panned his own $150m (£80m) remake of the watery yarn.

Drought of 1976 brought standpipes and shared baths

It was the summer when Demis Roussos and The Wurzels took turns at the top of the charts, England's cricketers were crushed by Vivian Richards' West Indies and when a desperate nation looked each night to BBC weatherman Jack Scott in fervent hope of a downpour.

48 HOURS IN SOHO

The geographical centre of London is a vibrant mix of cultures, cuisines and sexualities. David St Vincent ventures into the biggest Chinatown in Europe and finds plenty of attractions

The Dead 60s: The Sixties live again

A Top 20 single, a tour with Morrissey, mobs of frenzied fans in Japan - for The Dead 60s, things could hardly be going better. Charlotte Cripps meets Liverpool's latest sensations

Happy Days, Arts Theatre, London

Kendal up to her neck in stunning revival of Beckett

Luminar pays pounds 34m for clubs

LUMINAR, THE leisure company that owns the Chicago Rock Cafe chain, yesterday said it would buy 27 bars and nightclubs, including the Hippodrome in London's Leicester Square, from Allied Leisure for pounds 34.5m in cash.
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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

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Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

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Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

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Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders