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Stabbed lawyer Peter Maine ‘may have killed himself’, police say

A solicitor at the centre of a fraud investigation may have stabbed himself to death, police said.

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Sergio Aguero celebrates his first of two goals for Manchester City against Manchester United

Manchester City 4 Manchester United 1 match report: Sergio Aguero leads rout to send David Moyes back to Old Trafford with his tail firmly between his legs

Citizens take the early plaudits in the first Manchester derby this season as City send out a title warning

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Sergio Aguero celebrates his first of two goals for Manchester City against Manchester United

Manchester City 4 Manchester United 1 match report: Sergio Aguero leads rout to send David Moyes back to Old Trafford with his tail firmly between his legs

Citizens take the early plaudits in the first Manchester derby this season as City send out a title warning

Former US President Bush shaves his head

George H. W. Bush, father of George W., goes bald to support a sick child

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Criminal probe launched into Lac-Megantic oil train crash as death toll hits 15

More than 30 people are still missing in Quebec town after huge explosion caused by runaway oil train crash

'Like the town has been cut by a knife': Fears grow for dozens after runaway train explosion in Canada kills at least five

Five confirmed dead but 'toll will grow' as clean-up operation begins

Huge explosions hit Quebec town as freight train carrying hundreds of tons of crude oil derails

Up to 1,000 people evacuated and around 30 buildings destroyed

The bizarre tale of the 'North Pond Hermit' takes another twist as he receives marriage proposal and an offer to bail him out of jail

Christopher Knight, who has become known as the North Pond Hermit, reportedly spent 27 years in the woods of Maine

'North Pond Hermit' who lived in Maine woods for 27 years with no human contact committed more than 1,000 burglaries say police

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week after triggering a motion sensor set up by a game warden

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Zumba dance teacher Alexis Wright admits prostitution charge

Zumba dance teacher admits prostitution charge - meaning her clients will not be called as witnesses

A zumba instructor has admitted using her dance studio as a front for a prostitution ring that involved scores of men. The plea means that Alexis Wright will avoid a trial, as will her clients who might have been called as witnesses.

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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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