Ryder Cup: Team Europe player profiles

The Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

Must watch: Newport state of mind

Straight from the Goldie Lookin Chain school of performing arts, it’s a new take on a Jay Z classic for today’s Must watch video.

Calls for doctor to be struck off over baby death

The parents of a nine-month-old girl who died after being misdiagnosed handed in a petition today of nearly 8,000 signatures demanding the doctor who treated their daughter be struck off.

Mother left dead baby in alley, inquest told

A woman abandoned her stillborn baby boy in an alley behind a convenience store, an inquest heard today.

Brian Viner: Methuselah of the meadows

Moving to the countryside helps people live longer, according to figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics, although I can't help feeling that as someone who moved from London to Herefordshire in 2002, and therefore fits the research profile perfectly, I am making myself a hostage to bucolic fortune by writing this column.

Gwent: The burglary capital of Britain

In the latest set of crime statistics, only one police force recorded a rise. Mark Hughes reports from the Welsh valleys

Boy in hospital with gunshot wound to head

A schoolboy was in a serious condition in hospital today after being carried from his home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Bill Millinship: 'Observer' stalwart during the paper's golden age

Bill Millinship spent almost all his distinguished career in journalism on the staff of The Observer. He was a key figure in the world's oldest Sunday newspaper in its golden age, which began when it published Khrushchev's "secret speech" of 1956, opposed the government during the Suez crisis and continued with its splendid coverage of the Hungarian uprising, its denunciation of apartheid in South Africa and its support for the ANC, and which lasted for a brief time after David Astor stepped down as its editor in 1975. Trevor Grove, editor of The Observer Magazine and later of the Sunday Telegraph said, "When I joined in 1980 Bill seemed to represent, along with a small band of colleagues like Terry Kilmartin and Michael Davie, the very soul of the old Observer, the keepers of the flame."

Snooker: Carter plays down Welsh title defence

Ali Carter returns to Newport for the defence of his Welsh Open title today with "no expectations" of how he will perform. The Essex player has struggled for form this season, after an excellent 2008-09 campaign, and is narrowly clinging on to his place at No 5 in the world rankings.

Woman denies murdering four-year-old daughter

A woman accused of murdering her four-year-old daughter appeared in court to deny the charge today.

30 years for man who murdered his boss

A man who murdered his boss and tried to kill three other people "in acts of callous wickedness, cruelty and inhumanity" was sentenced to life in prison today.

Safari teenager struck down by mystery illness

A teenager was in a critical condition in a Kenyan hospital today after being struck down by a mystery illness.

Wind turbine firm wins order to end sit-in

The owners of a wind turbine factory being occupied by workers won a possession order today.

Crusaders to break new ground with Newport move

Celtic Crusaders are expected to seal a deal within the week to relocate to Newport next season. The club have struggled to attract crowds to the Brewery Field in Bridgend in their first season in Super League and were warned last week that the ground does not meet the minimum standards for the competition.

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