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Pensioner, 74, scoops nearly £25m on lottery

A pensioner from Bolton has become one of Britain's biggest ever Lottery winners, scooping nearly £25 million, it was revealed today.

Seven hurt in Mardi Gras shootings

A Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans erupted into chaos on Fat Tuesday when a series of gunshots struck seven people, including a toddler.

Obama set to learn some lessons from his Canadian neighbours

Top advisers accompany US President on today’s bridge-building trip

Safe, yes, but Obama's new limo won't turn any petrol heads

'Ugly as sin': the verdict on modified Cadillac capable of withstanding bomb blasts

It's your funeral, so don't let the costs rise too high

As cremation and burial expenses soar, Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight report on the prepayment plans that can help protect your legacy

Austerity interiors: To serve us all our days

1940s homeware is back in fashion. And it'll last forever, says fanatical collector Johnny Vercoutre

Haider widow halts cremation amid suspicions

Jörg Haider's corpse was sent for a second post-mortem in Italy today after the Austrian far-right leader's widow voiced fears that that his death in a high speed car crash in early October might not have been an accident.

Haider's deputy reveals gay affair

Conservative Austria was in a state of shock today after the male successor to Jörg Haider admitted to having a longstanding “special relationship” with the far right leader who died dramatically in a high speed car crash earlier this month.

Coup in fantasy kingdom inside Czech Republic

Their 'ruler' may wear a cardboard crown, but nobody in Wallachia is laughing. Daniel McLaughlin reports

Haider died driving at twice speed limit

Austria's leading far-right politician, Jörg Haider, had been at a late-night party and was driving at more than double the speed limit when his limousine left the road and somersaulted, killing him almost instantly.

Husband jailed for murder of 'loyal' wife

A cheating husband who had his "loyal and loving" special constable wife killed so he could start a new life with his mistress was today jailed for life.

Party's over for big limos

They're ubiquitous on Britain's streets – and many may be running illegally. But as a crackdown looms, legitimate operators fear they'll be driven out of business. By Jerome Taylor and Nigel Morris

Match of the Day: Football weddings weren't always this flash

Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin are having the ultimate football royalty bash this week – a £5m wedding. And that's after hen and stag parties that have gone on for days. It wasn't always thus. The biggest names of the past 50 years had far more modest nuptials

Husband found guilty over the fatal stabbing of special constable

The husband of Nisha Patel-Nasri – the special police constable who was murdered outside her north London home in May 2006 – was yesterday found guilty of organising her death so he could pay off debts and continue his affair with a Lithuanian prostitute.

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future
Berlusconi's world of sleaze: The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM

Berlusconi's world of sleaze

The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM
Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Films and theme parks are just the beginning. Disney believes its control of the now decades-old franchise can bring in merchandise and marketing millions for years to come
Could the golden age of the gaming arcade ever be revived in the era of the Xbox?

Could gaming arcades be revived?

The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: The 'tampon tax' has inspired a new wave of female comedians to reclaim period jokes

Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage