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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Britain last week postponed plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes

'No excuse' to delay plain cigarette packs after new study, say campaigners

Research among 500 Australian smokers has shown that smokers find cigarettes in plain packs less appealing

Root six and six: England’s Joe Root hits Steve Smith for one of two sixes in three balls on his way to an unbeaten 178

Ashes 2013: Joe Root revives memories of Len Hutton with unbeaten ton as Australia crumble

Opener becomes second-youngest Yorkshireman to score an Ashes century as England take total command

Kevin Pietersen

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen ruled out of the rest of second Test putting Old Trafford participation into question

Batsman could miss third Test which gets underway on August 1 after he suffers a calf strain

Ashton Agar is run out by England’s James Anderson

Ashes 2013: Appalling Australians fall apart but England join second Test carnage

England close on 31 for 3 - a lead of 264

Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson are all friends in the slips at Trent Bridge

Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin insists there is 'no feud' between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson

Former coach Mickey Arthur claims there is unrest in the camp

Four dead as boat carrying asylum seekers capsizes in Indian Ocean

Hundreds have died making the journey from Indonesia to Christmas Island and the Australian mainland in recent years

Rogers, over and out: James Anderson celebrates Chris Rogers’ wicket

It was my finest innings in Ashes Tests, says Ian Bell

Batsman confident of victory after his century puts hosts in command

Ashes 2013: Controversial umpiring makes for interesting viewing at the Ashes

A compelling start to the Investec Ashes has been overshadowed somewhat by umpiring controversies.

The controversial end of Jonathan Trott

Ashes 2013: England ask for clarification over Jonathan Trott dismissal

The issue was muddied by the absence of side-on 'hotspot' technology

Kevin Pietersen (third left) warms up with his England teammates

Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook's England can bank on experience for hat-trick

Comparison between the two sides shows that England should have the batting strength to win a third series in a row

Robbie Deans: The Wallabies coach is expected to be sacked after five years in charge

British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia waste little time in making head coach Robbie Deans the scapegoat, with Ewen McKenzie lined up as successor

Robbie Deans’ failure to lead Australia to a series win over the British and Irish Lions was last night expected to result in the coach’s sacking. Ewen McKenzie was lined up to be named as Deans’ successor.

Spinner Fawad Ahmed clear to represent Australia in Ashes after receiving full citizenship

Spinner Fawad Ahmed admits he could not have dreamt of the chance to represent Australia in the Ashes when he fled from Pakistan.

James Horwill’s foot was said only to have glanced Alun Wyn Jones

Lions Tour 2013: Stamp ban storm hits Wallabies' Test hopes

IRB appeals James Horwill 'let-off' and replaces Kiwi hearing judge with British-Canadian

Head to head: Joe Root and Nick Compton

Weight of hope and expectation crushes Nick Compton's Ashes dream

Batsman waited decade for his Test chance but then appeared too eager to take it

England's Johnathan Trott runs between the wickets as South African captain AB Devilliers (second right) looks on during the One Day International (ODI) ICC Champions Trophy Semi-final cricket match (AFP)

Champions Trophy: The tournament and players that have proved their critics wrong

The underappreciated and unloved have had two weeks to remember

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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