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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

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

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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.

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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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