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The Nigerian kidnappers of a British man made direct contact with his family to threaten to kill him, the Defence Secretary disclosed yesterday while defending the failed operation to rescue Chris McManus and his Italian co-worker.

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Ransom 'paid before abortive rescue mission'

Negotiations were said to be taking place before the British and Italian hostages were shot dead in Nigeria

Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi reacts to alleged abuse

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Oldham have praised Liverpool and Merseyside Police for their handling of the alleged incident of racist abuse directed at Tom Adeyemi during Friday's FA Cup tie at Anfield.

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Kenny Dalglish has had an eventful year as Liverpool manager, but would not change anything about the last 12 months.

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He takes Oldham to Liverpool tonight hoping to give his club and town a much-needed lift

Man questioned over widow's death

A man arrested in connection with the death of a widow, whose handbag containing her husband's ashes was stolen by muggers, is still in police custody.

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Ricky Hatton

The first fight of the Hitman's new career as a trainer takes place at the Oldham Sports Centre tonight, when Hatton will be in the corner for his undefeated welterweight charge Adam Little's bout against Billy Smith.

DVD: Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against The Eunuchs (15)

This George Harrison-produced oddity from 1974 benefits hugely from a mesmerising turn from John Hurt as the delusional, furious and ultimately pathetic Malcolm Scrawdyke (think of a more acidic Citizen Smith), an expelled art student hellbent on humiliating his nemesis, teacher Mr Allard.

Warehouse find prompts murder probe

A murder investigation has been launched after a homeless man's body was found inside a derelict warehouse.

Album: Steve Cropper, Dedicated (429)

Occupying fertile early-50s territory between R&B and rock'n'roll, The 5 Royales were a huge influence on Steve Cropper.

Leeds floored as Dorn treble inspires Quins

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Album: Steve Cropper, Dedicated: A Tribute to the 5 Royales (429)

Cropper was the guitarist in Booker T's MGs. The 5 Royales were the '50s R&B group who first lit the Stax man's fuse as a kid.

Oldham chief fears return of race riots

Oldham's white and Asian communities remain as segregated as they were 10 years ago at the time of the town's race riots, according to the outgoing leader of the council.

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The Oldham riots raised ugly questions about segregation. Ten years on, Ben Chu argues that the problems were always more nuanced – but that the town, along with Bradford and Burnley, is learning the lessons of its past
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