News A heroin user prepares the drug in Zhukovsky, near Moscow

Seventeen-year-old told doctors she had been using the drug for two months

John H Stracey pictured in 1976

Mexican police find missing lorry carrying 'extremely dangerous' radioactive

Mexican police have found a container that held radioactive material and which was stolen by thieves as it was being transported near Mexico City, the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS has said.

Gabriel Granados after the 17-hour surgery, left, and recovered during physiotherapy

'I see new hands': Mexican father Gabriel Granados recovers movement in new limbs after rare double arm transplant

The 53-year-old father of two regained movement in his two new limbs two years after his double arm transplant

Gifts for globetrotters

The best in festive travel

Spanish electro-pop band return home after being kidnapped by Mexico's notorious Los Zetas drugs cartel

A Spanish electro-pop band have returned home from Mexico after being subjected to a terrifying, 30-hour “virtual kidnapping” by the notorious Los Zetas cartel.

Crocodiles infest Mexico as death toll rises to 80 and more landslides hit Acapulco

Flooding has forced residents to wade through dangerous waters as Tropical Storm Manuel is upgraded to a category one hurricane

Earthquake strikes in Mexico city

A moderate earthquake has struck southern Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital and sending frightened people out into the streets.

Tom Daley will be mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash!

Diving: Tom Daley ramps up for world championships

Tom Daley will ramp up his preparations for this summer's world championships with three major competitions before the end of the month.

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Currently coaching the US national team, Klinsmann would be a hugely popular choice at the Lane. The former Germany international enjoyed two spells at Tottenham as a player, during which he became a favourite among the fans. His time in management has seen him take Germany to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and Bayern Munich to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Criticism of Juergen Klinsmann from un-named US players labelled 'shameful' and 'embarrassing'

Players allegedly questioned the German's training regime and tactical approach

Mexico: Fatal oil HQ blast blamed on gas leak

The explosion that ripped through the headquarters of Mexico's state oil monopoly last week, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 120, has been blamed on a gas leak.

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

The end of the world might be tomorrow, but it isn't the end of Blur

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Guatemala hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

The US Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has hit off the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

Dai Greene sits failed to win a medal last night

'Tired' Greene just misses out on medal

Two days on from Super Saturday and the Great British golden hat-trick, the Midas touch has disappeared – temporarily, at least – from the host nation's runners, jumpers and throwers. On Sunday evening, try as she did, Christine Ohuruogu could not quite close the gap on Sanya Richards-Ross to cling on to her 400m crown. At least the local girl finished with a silver medal lining, though.

Recount in Mexico presidential election

Mexican authorities are recounting more than half the ballot boxes used in the presidential election after finding inconsistencies in the vote tallies.

David Cameron frustrated by slow recovery pace

Prime Minister David Cameron today admitted that he was frustrated by the slow pace of recovery in Britain.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee