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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Leicester’s David Nugent shoots during the 0-0 draw with Leeds

Weekend review: Wolves make the best of small-time exile

Shortly after Labour had disastrously lost the 1992 general election, which since Neil Kinnock is a rugby rather than a football man is best described as a series of missed penalties under the posts, one of his colleagues was told by a Conservative Cabinet minister: "Don't worry, the first 13 years in opposition are always the worst."

Five killed in fire on Mateo Bridge in San Francisco

Four others were injured in the blaze, late last night

President Hollande was given the first camel in February

Mali presents François Hollande with a new camel after the first one was eaten by the family caring for it

There was, finally, some good news for President François Hollande today.

President Putin has now taken to working from his suburban home to save angering his subjects with his massive motorcade, for which everything must give way

Politics: Mr President, your Tube carriage/limo/helicopter awaits...

And you thought Vladimir Putin commuted to the Kremlin topless on the back of a lion. Nope, the President gets around the Russian capital like millions of other Muscovites: via its notoriously snarled-up streets. So bad is gridlock in Moscow that the President has now taken to working from his suburban home to save angering his subjects with his massive motorcade, for which everything must give way.

The strangest graves in the world

I'm penniless, Asil Nadir tells court

Former fugitive business tycoon Asil Nadir, convicted of stealing nearly £29 million, today claimed to be penniless.

Trending: Greatest flits collection

It's called a Moonlight Flit: the crime of fleeing without paying. Usually it's done by financially strapped, but plausible-seeming, folk exiting through the window at 3am, hoping their landlady won't hear.

A street party in Battersea, London

Diamond Jubilee: Street parties? Bunting? Is this broken Britain?

One minute we're rioting; now we're flag-waving. We're an odd lot

Scott, described by the judge as 'a fantasist', outside court in 2010

Raymond Scott: Shakespeare thief

Raymond Scott, who died on 14 March, was a flamboyant antiques dealer who was jailed for handling a stolen first edition of Shakespeare's plays. Scott, who passed himself off as a wealthy playboy before his conviction, was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in his cell at Northumnberland Prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence.

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il returned to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang

Crowds pack snowy route for Kim Jong-il's funeral

North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day today, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.

Sir Rocco Forte: 'I still haven't got to Paris...and I want to try New York'

He lost one empire to Granada, but now hotel magnate Rocco is well on the way to building another

The classified document detailed the movements of President Obama and his security entourage during the visit to Australia this week

Obama's secret security details found in gutter

President Obama's movements during his whirlwind trip to Australia this week were choreographed in painstaking detail – as an Australian journalist who found a classified copy of his schedule in a Canberra gutter can testify.

Rebekah Brooks holds on to her NI chauffeur-driven limousine

The extent to which Rebekah Brooks has cut ties with News International was questioned yesterday as it emerged that she has kept her chauffeur-driven car paid for by the company.

Leading article: Worth more than a blue plaque

For generations of British television viewers yesterday was a sad day. Four years after broaching the idea, the BBC announced that it had put Television Centre at White City in London on the market. Loved and hated, probably in equal measure, the complex is nonetheless a national landmark. Over half a century, it has received dignitaries and celebrities of all ages from all corners of the world. As Bush House has been to international radio, so the image of the limousine gliding up to Television Centre is to national television.

Chinese city abuzz at Rollerman's drive against rule-breakers

China's southern boomtown of Guangzhou has a new hero – "Rollerman", a mysterious bespectacled foreigner on rollerblades who has taken to challenging government vehicles seen violating traffic rules.

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable