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By-elections analysis says Labour set for major county gains

Labour looks set for sweeping seat gains in next Thursday's English county and unitary authority polls, the Press Association's council by-elections analysis suggests today.

45 Things To Do In England (To Confirm You’d Rather Go Abroad)

VisitEngland has come up with a list of 101 Things To Do In England. On the evidence of the list, the reasons for staying put are not compelling.

Man faces British court over 'Facebook threats to kill 200 in US'

A British man who allegedly posted on Facebook threats to kill 200 people in America appeared before a crown court judge today.

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Newcastle's Ryan Taylor may miss next season after injury setback

In a cruel blow, Newcastle's Ryan Taylor has suffered a recurrence of the cruciate knee ligament injury which has kept him out of action for the last eight months – just as he was set to return. The 28-year-old midfielder could now miss most, if not all, of next season.

Man who tried to punch police horse claims he loves animals

A self-proclaimed “animal lover” has admitted to being the person  that caused outrage and amusement in equal measure when he was captured on camera attempting to punch a police horse in Newcastle last Sunday.

Alan Pardew admitted his side were second best in Sunderland v Newcastle

Mamma mia! Vision of mother won derby for Sunderland, insists Paolo Di Canio after victory over Newcastle

The Black Cats stunned St James' Park with a 3-0 win

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Director of the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research says care at the centre is 'on the edge of acceptability'

Trainer Marco Botti could make a Group One breakthrough

Dark horses that can light up the Flat

As the new season gathers pace next week with a series of Classic trials, Chris McGrath picks 10 to watch

A quarter of adults have lost a pension pot, says survey

If the pension crisis wasn’t bad enough with millions facing penury in retirement, a new survey published today shows that almost a quarter of adults have actually lost a pension pot.

Post-mortem of filmmaker Lee Halpin who died while making homelessness documentary 'inconclusive'

The post-mortem of a young filmmaker who died while making a documentary on homelessness has come back inconclusive, an inquest heard today.

French test: Outsize outside-centres Manu Tuilagi (pictured) and Mathieu Bastareaud are on collision course today

Le Crunch time for Manu Tuilagi with Lions on the line

Heineken Cup clash with Toulon's Bastereaud offers Leicester giant a perfect chance to impress

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Two men arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs after film-maker Lee Halpin 'freezes to death' while making documentary about homeless people

26-year-old had apparently embarked on a week-long project to document the homeless population in the city’s suburbs and raise awareness of their plight

The Labour politician won the prize for his work on disarmament

Thieves steal Uncle Arthur’s 1934 Nobel Prize medal

The Nobel Peace Prize medal won by one of the founding fathers of the modern Labour Party, Arthur Henderson, has been stolen in a £150,000 raid at the Lord Mayor’s office in Newcastle.

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Emile Heskey signs new contract with Newcastle Jets

Former England striker extends stay in Australia to 2014

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It's Jonny Wilkinson v Toby Flood as the two iconic No 10s clash for the first time

Leicester man looking forward to playing against his mate at last as Tigers travel to Toulon

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The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
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The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

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The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
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After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
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