Sport Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he could look into the possibility of signing Victor Moses from Chelsea on a permanent deal

Rodgers admits he has seen an improvement in his training of late but ultimately it is the Blues' decision where his future lies

Sex gang leader Shabir Ahmed jailed for 22 years

The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.

(From left) San Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis

Gymnastics: Multiple directions – do GB5 a boyband make?

"Britain has a new smash-hit boy band – a five-strong well-muscled group that brought more noise to the O2 last night than Guns N' Roses," roared The Times yesterday after the heroics of Britain's male gymnasts on Monday. But how do GB5 compare in the boy band stakes with the likes of One Direction:

Tears of triumph as Britain make first final for 88 years

Louis Smith shed tears of joy and relief after his successful pommel-horse routine crowned a marvellous day for the British men's team, who will appear in an Olympic gymnastics final for the first time since 1924.

Saturday 28 July: Daniel Purvis of Great Britain performs on the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars on day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena

Great Britain's men make solid start in Olympic gymnastics

Great Britain's men kicked off their Olympic gymnastics programme at the North Greenwich Arena today on the first day of competition.

Couple jailed for Jewish bomb plot

A couple who formed a "terrorist partnership" and plotted deadly attacks on Jewish communities were jailed yesterday.

Star-Cross’d, Oldham Coliseum in Alexandra Park, Oldham

It is a brave writer who takes liberties with a Shakespeare script, let alone re-writes the ending. But the rich rewards of such risks are to be found in the improbable setting of a municipal park in Oldham.

Boiler engineer questioned over Oldham gas blast death

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over a gas blast which killed a two-year-old boy was released on bail last night.

Child killed in Oldham house blast

A child was killed today and a man left gravely ill when a massive explosion ripped through three houses.

Rochdale paedophile gangleader is named

A sexual predator who led a gang of Asian men in grooming young white girls for sex was named today after he was convicted of 30 child rape charges.

First test tube baby's mother dies aged 64

The woman who gave birth to the world's first test tube baby has died.

Couple jailed for kidnapping boy

A married couple have been jailed for 10 years after kidnapping a five-year-old British boy.

Married couple jailed for kidnap of five-year-old Sahil Saeed

A married couple have been sentenced by a Spanish court to 10 years in jail each for kidnapping a five-year-old British boy.

Vigilantes: Author Toni Morrison’s Home recalls a childhood packed with imperatives

DJ Taylor: Scratch a neo-fascist and find despair

Support for the far right in the French presidential election – and here in Britain – is more about disillusion than dogma

Site was 'like a concentration camp' claims alleged victim in traveller servitude case

A family of travellers forced some of the most vulnerable men in society to work for them on a site "like a concentration camp", a court heard today.

Parents pay tribute to Nigeria captive Chris McManus

A quantity surveyor captured and killed in Nigeria "always made people feel special", his parents told mourners today.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003