Teddy boys: Defiant Beitar fans’ slogan is ‘Your hatred burned our love’

European Under-21 Championship: Israel put on united front as Beitar do their worst

Football can bring people together or force them apart. In Israel they make claims for the positive case while acknowledging that in one notorious instance the opposite tends to happen.

The passports of the two dead Westerners

British jihadi one of three Westerners killed in Syria in battle with Assad regime

Family confirm death of American woman also fighting Assad’s forces as part of Islamist group loyal to al-Qa’ida

Benefit cuts risk rise in child poverty, doctors warn

A report by the UN children’s fund has found that Britain's children are worse off overall than in many other industrialised countries

The BMA report

How UK children are paying the price for the economic downturn

'Where is there a minister responsible for children's issues?'

50 pythons stolen from pet shop

Police and RSPCA officers are hunting for 50 snakes stolen from a pet shop in Nottingham.

The Hillsborough hearings will not be delayed

Police lose attempt to delay Hillsborough inquests

The judge presiding over the re-opened inquests into the 96 Hillsborough victims has rapidly and categorically rejected attempts by the Police Federation to delay the hearings by up to six years, until the conclusion of criminal investigations into the tragedy.

Police officers on riot duty in Tottenham in the violent aftermath of the shooting of Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan inquest: commission investigating police shooting that sparked summer riots 'not fit for purpose'

Death in 2011 in Tottenham led to widespread rioting across London and England

Chisnall bursts through for Warrington against Bradford Northern

Dave Chisnall: Powerful, pacey Warrington prop

Dave Chisnall was a member of a notable rugby league family and one of the very few players to miss a Wembley final through suspension.

Rebecca Adlington won two bronze medals at London 2012

Swimming: Rebecca Adlington wants to ensure a true legacy after confirming retirement at 23

Double Olympic champion calls time on her career

Swimming: Rebecca Adlington on verge of retiring

Rebecca Adlington will make a "major announcement" at a press conference next Tuesday.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his first Liverpool league goal

Criticism of Daniel Sturridge unfair says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boos allays fears about £12m striker's attitude

Suarez goes down against Stoke at Anfield on 7 October

Luis Suarez's dive against Stoke unacceptable, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager pulls no punches after star forward admitted he ‘fell’ to win penalty

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in action against Stoke

'Why the hell did I do that?': Brendan Rodgers furious after Luis Suarez admits diving

Liverpool striker admits underhand methods in attempt to win spot-kick against Stoke because 'we needed anything to win it'

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his first Liverpool league goal

Brendan Rodgers backs Daniel Sturridge to be 'terrific signing' for Liverpool

£12m arrival has scored two in two

Luis Suarez’s controversial handball against Mansfield

Steven Gerrard: If I score with my hand at Old Trafford, I'm not owning up

Steven Gerrard says that he will celebrate if he scores a last-minute goal at Old Trafford tomorrow which he knows to have been a handball.

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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