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Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling

Carlos Tevez with the FA Cup trophy lid upon his head in 2011

The FA Cup: The most accident-prone trophy in football

The oldest piece of silverware in football has been on quite a ride

Andy McSmith's Diary: The police need a better class of sponsors

Martyn Underhill, a former detective chief inspector who is now Dorset’s elected Police Commissioner, has announced on his blog that he is trying to organise commercial sponsorship to help all five police forces in the South-west cope with cuts in their budgets. “The police family in Dorset is living in austere times with a shrinking budget and workforce,” he complains. “We are the lowest funded force and have seen the worst cuts. This is wrong, and I will continue to fight this…. I see huge potential benefits to forming appropriate sponsorship relationships with reputable organisations.”

Lord McAlpine says he wants his lawyers to focus on his libel action against the Speaker’s wife, Sally Bercow

Lord McAlpine defamation case: Only a 'moron in a hurry' would not have understood Sally Bercow tweet

Lord McAlpine, wrongly accused of child abuse, claims victory in early stage of defamation case

Gaddafi daughter thrown out of Algeria after 'starting fires'

The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi has been granted asylum in Oman after she was thrown out of her safe house in Algeria for repeatedly setting fires and attacking guards in fits of rage over her situation, it emerged last night.

Jermain Defoe taps in his goal for England

Sam Wallace: Even in San Marino no one cares about the national team

England beat them 8-0 on Friday

Greg Dyke

Can Greg Dyke, the man who gave us Roland Rat, modernise the FA?

A football fan and canny operator, Greg Dyke could be a successful chairman, writes Glenn Moore

The potential saint-in-the-making, Carlos de Dios Murias, a left-leaning priest, was taken away by the military in the Argentine province of La Rioja in 1976

Young Franciscan monk killed by the military during Argentina's Dirty War could become first beatified person under Pope Francis' reign

A young Franciscan monk, who was kidnapped and killed by the military during Argentina’s dirty war of the late 1970s, could be the first person beatified under the reign of Pope Francis, it emerged today.

Dynamic Duo: Rivals Olivia Colman and David Tennant tackle murder on the beach in Broadchurch

TV review: Broadchurch - Finally, ITV makes a Killing

An eight-parter about small-town lives is just the imitation Scandi-noir we've been waiting for

Toyo Shibata: Poet who published her first collection at the age of 98

Toyo Shibata was a poet who came to writing late in life and found success in two best-selling collections of verse. The first of these, Kujikenaide (Don't Lose Heart), was published in her 98th year and has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in her native Japan.

Postcard from... Lazkao

Ever since 1652, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Cistercian nuns of Lazkao, a rural town in the Basque Country's Gipuzkoa region, have staged a re-enactment of the flight of Joseph, Mary and Jesus from King Herod's soldiers.

Fleet Street editors call for charitable trust to oversee new independent newspaper watchdog

Fleet Street editors are calling for a special charitable trust to be set up to oversee the new independent newspaper watchdog demanded by Lord Justice Leveson.

The Washington Post

Washington Post website reportedly considering paywall

The Washington Post will probably start charging online readers for access to newspaper articles in the middle of next year, a person familiar with the plans said.

Ian Burrell: The return of Rommel as he marches into Britain's local newspaper industry

The Ulsterman seems to have microscopic vision for the merest traces of meat on the tiniest piece of bone
Lord Prescott accused the Government of exploiting cheap labour today

Lord Prescott accuses press of giving him a disproportionate 'kicking' over crime commissioner elections

Lord Prescott has accused the press of giving him a worse “kicking” than any other candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections.

Three killed in Finland farm shooting over 'jealousy'

Three people were shot dead in southwestern Finland, most likely in an attack motivated by jealousy, Finnish police said.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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Finally, a diet that works

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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