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Speaking for the first time following the singer’s arrest, Universal chief Lucian Grainge broke company protocol to make this public plea

Dan Evans signs autographs after his shock victory over Bernard Tomic in New York

US Open: Dan Evans just one more upset from meeting with 'nice guy' Roger Federer

British surprise package has nearly doubled his career earnings with victories at the US Open

Baseball: Alex Rodriguez braced for 'tough fight' in appeal against drugs charges

The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez acknowledged he was facing the "toughest fight" of his life after confirming he will appeal against his ban for violations of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment programme and its basic agreement. Rodriguez was suspended on Monday for 211 games, starting on Thursday.

A young Anton DiSclafani with her pony – the author competed in US national competitions

Book review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, By Anton DiSclafani

Horses are everything for a Southern teenager sent away to camp after offending her family in this sultry tale set during the Great Depression

Andy Murray sits beside Fred Perry's SW19 statue

Wimbledon 2013L 'Ivan Lendl thinks I could have won more and training will be hard', says Wimbledon champion Andy Murray

Wimbledon champ Murray says coach Lendl will keep him focused on success

Officials said four people had been injured, including a Briton aged 44

Four hurt including one Briton in Pamplona bull run

Several thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery on Sunday by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls.

Evelyn Kozak: The world's oldest Jewish person

The world's oldest Jewish person, Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism, died at the age of 113 on 10 June the day after suffering a heart attack. She was also the world's seventh-oldest person. The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa of Japan, is 115; her compatriot, Jiroemon Kimura, died at the age of 116 two days after Kozak.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals

Review: Bad Monkey, By Carl Hiaasen

Even a gem needs a bit of a polish

The tailored styles and vivid colours of the latest Orlebar Brown collection take their inspiration from Florida's sunny South Beach

iStyle: Miami Nice

The tailored styles and vivid colours of the latest Orlebar Brown collection take their inspiration from Florida’s sunny South Beach, says Lee Holmes

David Beckham was in Miami over the weekend viewing sports facilities

Miami nice for David Beckham as MLS options are explored

David Beckham was in Miami over the weekend viewing sports facilities as he continues to look into the possibility of investing in a new Major League Soccer team.

'I'm living happily and learning to play the guitar': Miami cannibal victim Ronald Poppo describes life a year on from the horrific attack by Rudy Eugene that left him with 75% of his face chewed off

In a video released by hospital staff to mark a year since the horrific attack, Ronald Poppo smiled and spoke publicly for the first time

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson remains positive following defeat to Serena Williams

The British No 1 was beaten in straight sets in Rome

Tales from the water cooler: How can you joke with a headline like that?

Sometimes a story's comic spark burns out before the first line

Travel Challenge: short break in Miami Beach

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday

2012 disaster off Tuscany that killed 32 people

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

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And it will trigger more war in future
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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn