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Organisation dating back to the Middle Ages brings its rules up to date

Retired queen of the track Victoria “Sponge” Pendleton

Sport on TV: Doctor, doctor! This presenter is a pain in the, er, prostate

If anyone can complete a 127-mile cycle race through the Pyrenees called the “Bone Breaker”, having done no exercise for years, surely it would be a doctor. They might not have quite the depth of medical knowledge that Lance Armstrong possesses, but surely they can merrily prescribe themselves an assortment of finest pharamceuticals to get themselves over the hump.

Public pain: Valérie Trierweiler has to still to endure the humiliation of facing the world

Public pain: Valérie Trierweiler has to still to endure the humiliation of facing the world after President Hollande's affair

Being beautiful, successful and rich doesn’t protect you from pain, but when endured in the spotlight, the results can be devastating

Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar at their wedding reception in New Delhi in 2010

Sunanda Pushkar: Injury marks found on body of Indian politician’s wife

Ms Pushkar's body was discovered in a luxury hotel room by her husband Shashi Tharoor

Scott Draper

Sporting Heroes: Scott Draper driven to succeed in two sports

This is a tale that, when told, seems to have been embellished by Hollywood. It’s a tale of tragedy and triumph, talent and dedication, love and loss, and it’s all true.

The News Matrix: Saturday 18 January 2014

Corsica tops the Gallic Viagra league

Sire De Grugy's star is rising: five wins from his last six starts

Sire De Grugy to hold court again during exile of the two-mile king

The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.

Briscoe was asked about Chris Huhne's 'liaisons with men' by reporters

Barrister Constance Briscoe says she was asked about Chris Huhne's ‘liaisons with men’ by reporter

The high-profile barrister accused of lying to police about her contacts with the media over a plot to bring down the politician Chris Huhne claimed to have been approached by a reporter investigating the former minister’s alleged “liaisons with men”, a court was told.

An ambulance arrives at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi where wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead

Sunanda Pushkar, wife on Indian government minister, found dead following affair claims

The death of Sunanda Pushkar has sent shockwaves around Delhi

Arifa Akbar: Some fictional characters are gay. Get over it

I was waiting for the Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas to begin his first UK event this week and, as the audience filed in from the drizzle, I noticed a particular absence in the room. That of women. It was just me until – phew – three others slunk in. Tsiolkas's reading at a Bloomsbury basement bar had been organised by the bookshop Gay's the Word, so the clue was in the title, but I was thrown at first, to be among an audience with shared affinities that reared themselves – fascinatingly – during the discussion.

President François Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler leave the Mohammed V mausoleum in Rabat, Morocco

Hiroo Onoda: Military officer who refused to believe that Japan had lost the Second World War and stayed in the jungle for 29 years

Hiroo Onoda was a former Japanese intelligence officer, an imperial soldier for whom absolute loyalty and devotion to Emperor Hirohito and his country were paramount in his philosophy, so much so that he refused to surrender following Japan’s defeat in 1945. He remained hidden for another 29 years.

Ex-couple jailed for spending £450,000 of daughter's disability fund on cars and jewels

”We just spent and spent and spent,“ Mr Hills told the police

March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to give himself in: “When I surrendered, the past seemed like a dream”

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

Rebecca Hall, left, and Morgan Spector in a scene from 'Machinal'

Rebecca Hall makes Broadway debut in Machinal - theatre review

American Airlines Theatre, New York

'A dream come true': Woman who had 20 miscarriages has baby thanks to malaria pill

The hydroxychloroquine tablet was used to to suppress Kelly Moseley’s immune system

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