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Mo Farah wins in Newcastle in September – his last competitive race

Golden memories put pressure on Mo Farah to start season with win

Kenya training and weak field should help GB's Olympic star serve up victory to sell-out crowd

Paul Gascoigne needs 'immediate help', says former agent

Fears for star after worrying public appearance

Harry Redknapp is unveiled as QPR manager

QPR top transfer window spenders

£120m spent by Premier League clubs during January

Demba Ba

'Racial abuse' of Chelsea striker Demba Ba on Facebook leads to arrest

A 39-year-old man from Gateshead was detained

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner (left) has reiterated his support for manager Paul Lambert ahead of tomorrow's crunch Barclays Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Newcastle

The crisis clubs: Newcastle United meet Aston Villa in a game neither dare lose

Lerner backs Lambert – but no sign of any fresh faces

York Minster and walls

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Closing children's heart surgery units? Time to rethink your NHS 'strategy' Mr Hunt

These units do a tremendously important job - let's not forget that

Government urges councils to cut speed limits to 20mph in residential areas and busy town high streets

Guidance expected to result in a significant increase in the number of 20mph zones

Bishop of Liverpool launches scathing attack on Government cuts programme

'Social diabetes' warning offered to cities hit hardest by budget changes

Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pochettino

Nigel Adkins sacked by Southampton, immediately replaced with Mauricio Pochettino

Decision to part with Adkins comes as a major shock

Six in hospital after taking hallucinogenic drugs

One man was seriously ill and five others in hospital after taking a hallucinogenic drug today.

Terry Butcher has turned down Barnsley’s approach

Martin Hardy: Terry Butcher has taken the long road to become a wanted man again

Life Beyond the Premier League

Calum Clark

Northampton forward Calum Clark recalled to England squad for Six Nations

Stuart Lancaster names squad for upcoming tournament

Chelsea have pulled out of talks for Newcastle's Demba Ba, who wants £80,000-per-week deal

Demba Ba completes £7.5m transfer to Chelsea

Senegalese striker leaves Newcastle after European champions triggered release clause

Black Dog Strangler Phillip Westwater captured after breakout

A convicted killer who escaped from a treatment centre was found last night after he was recognised by a member of the public.

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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