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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games’

Movies reflect and inspire teen archery craze

Adolescents are finally putting down their Xboxes in order to get all a-quiver. By John Walsh

Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games’

Trending: The Archers... a new generation

The record-breaking success of The Hunger Games and Avengers Assemble has sparked a boom in archery. John Walsh is a-quiver with excitement

Afghan police at a ceremony yesterday to honour those who defended Kabul from a Taliban attack

Backlash feared as photos of Taliban corpses emerge

American forces in Afghanistan were braced for another backlash yesterday as photos emerged showing grinning US troops posing with the bloodied body parts of Afghan suicide bombers.

The patch worn by members of the 82nd Airborne Division

US troops posed with mangled remains of Afghan suicide bombers

An American soldier has released images of US troops posing with the mangled remains of Afghan suicide bombers.

Travel Agenda: Coming up in California

Tomorrow: Check into The Saguaro hotel in ritzy Palm Springs. The former Holiday Inn property, pictured, has been given a sleek renovation by Californian-based hotel group Joie de Vivre. It now features a pool, tequila bar and tapas restaurant, with a vivid colour palette that contrasts with the stark landscape of the Coachella Valley (thesaguaro.com).

Drones such as the Predator, above, are already used to patrol the US/Mexico border and to help with disaster relief

Rupert Cornwell: Home on the range, where the spy drones fly

Out of America: Use of aerial surveillance gadget in North Dakota police case could be a sign of things to come

Palin's film panned by the critics

If Sarah Palin was hoping to sweep to power on the back of a documentary celebrating her rise from "hockey mom" to national power broker, then nobody told the critics.

Presidential contender steps into Palin's shoes

Boasting she has a "titanium spine" but dodging revelations which suggest she may also possess a brass neck, Michele Bachmann spent the weekend preparing to become the latest Republican front-runner to launch their bid for the party's presidential nomination.

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Uproar in Beverly Hills 90210 over $12m 'mega-mansion' plan

The bemused property developer calls the plan "just a normal Mediterranean-style house". To a Saudi prince it might be – but the plans for a mega-mansion on a $12m (£7.5m) plot have left even the wealthy residents of an exclusive Beverly Hills community spluttering on their iced teas.

Simon Usborne: 'A cyclist for longer than he can remember, Orduno lost his driving licence when he turned 100'

If there's something that might inspire me to swap sofa for saddle again after a winter during which my bikes have rarely been bothered, it's the story of an American man called Octavio Orduno. The former aerospace engineer rides every day from his house in Long Beach, California to the park and the farmers' market, waving at passers-by. None of which is out of the ordinary in that sunny city on America's Pacific Coast, were it not for the fact Orduno is 103.

Seinfeld's scene-stealing Uncle Leo dies

Len Lesser, the actor best known as the scene-stealing Uncle Leo on Seinfeld – "Jerry! Hello!" was his slogan – has died from cancer-related pneumonia at a care facility in California. He was 88.

Robert Pattinson's Twilight filming trouble

Robert Pattinson has found it hard shooting both parts of 'The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn' at the same time.

Erin Brockovich prepares for a real-life sequel

Her campaign became a Hollywood hit. Now the same pollution is back – and so is she

Massive gas explosion leaves six dead and dozens injured

Six people were killed and dozens were injured, some seriously, after a huge explosion sent flames roaring through a town near San Francisco.

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