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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Mo Farah eager to emulate the great flying Finn Lasse Viren

Mo Farah will return to London next year to make his marathon debut proper but beyond that it is the extraordinary exploits of the flying Finn Lasse Viren, the greatest distance runner in Olympic history, that offer a clue to the possible long-term ambition of the Briton.

Want to join the 62-mile-high club? Not so quick, sex in outer space could be bad for your health, say scientists

With commercial space flights in the pipeline and financiers appealing for a couple to volunteer for a manned (and womanned) mission to Mars, it's only going to be a matter of time before humans will want to do what we do best up in space.

Luca Magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering his Chinese lover

Canadian cannibal pornstar Luka Rocco Magnotta's hearing will be open to the public after judge rejects media ban

Actor is accused of killing Chinese student, dismembering his body and posting a video of the crime on the internet

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Lady Gaga thanks fans after hip surgery

Lady Gaga has thanked her fans after undergoing an operation to correct her inflamed hip joint.

Study shows hospital antibiotics gave rise to spread of superbug

Widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals triggered the emergence of two resistant strains of the Clostridium superbug which has killed thousands of people worldwide over the past two decades, a study has shown.

The Mary Celeste of space: Scientists discover first ever free-floating planet not trapped by gravity of a star

A planet without a sun that wanders through space like a lost Mary Celeste has been discovered by astronomers who say it is the first confirmation of a free-floating planet that does not orbit a star.

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, By Sylvie Simmons

'Hallelujah', let real-life Len bewitch you

Plot thickens in Canada's maple syrup raids

A shipment of maple syrup was given a police escort across Eastern Canada after being seized by detectives investigating the theft of about 10 per cent of Quebec's "strategic syrup reserve".

Boyfriend charged after woman's body parts were found scattered around Toronto

The estranged boyfriend of a woman whose body parts were found scattered around Toronto has been arrested and charged in connection with her murder, police said Monday.

Michael Phelps enjoys the victory over his friend Ryan Lochte

Michael Phelps reasserts authority with his 16th Olympic gold

The total now stands at 16 and this one was all his own work. Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold of London 2012 last night with a devastating swim in the 200m individual medley that proved too much for a tiring Ryan Lochte. Phelps, the master of Beijing, has reasserted his authority in the pool.

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

Luka Magnotta arrives at Montreal’s Mirabel Airport

'Killer cannibal' Luka Magnotta flown back to Canada

A Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering a Chinese student faced his first court hearing yesterday after returning to Canada on a military transport plane from Germany, where he was arrested.

Teacher sacked for showing pupils 'snuff movie' in class

A teacher has been fired for showing his class a video that shows the apparent killing and dismemberment of a murder victim.

Luka Rocco Magnotta is wanted by authorities in Canada

Police investigate possible link between gay porn star 'cannibal killer' Luka Rocco Magnotta and body parts under Hollywood sign

Police investigating the discovery of body parts under the Hollywood sign have contacted Montreal authorities about a possible connection to a gay porn actor who stands accused of murder, cannibalism and dismemberment.

Luca Magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering his Chinese lover

Porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta ate victim's body parts, claim Montreal police

Video footage of the suspected Montreal murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta show him eating the body parts of his alleged victim, police said yesterday.

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