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Kevin Pietersen admits he is determined to be a part of England's 2015 side that will attempt to regain the Ashes

Comment: Kevin Pietersen's position in this war with Andy Flower is weakened by his total lack of form

The batsman faces being ousted from the international set-up following England's 5-0 defeat in the Ashes

Australia's notorious bad boy David Warner signs autographs for the Australian public

Ashes 2013-14: Australia celebrate series whitewash with one last dig at England bowler Stuart Broad during Sydney parade

Australian players soak up the crowds adulation with a number of players signing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Stuart Broad is a s*** bloke'

Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party

The Gunners' squad are given the night off to celebrate their Christmas party in style

Ki Sung-Yong of Sunderland celebrates scoring the winning goal

Sunderland 2 Chelsea 1 match report: Jose Mourinho out of Capital One Cup following extra-time strike from Ki Sung-yueng

Chelsea manager's priority is Monday’s trip to the Emirates in the Premier League as he makes eight changes to his side for Cup tie

Elf help book: America’s favourite way to make sure that children are nice, not naughty, in the run up to Christmas

It is over here and selling fast. Gillian Orr hears the Elf on a Shelf story

Donald McCain will have high hopes that Across The Bay can last at Aintree in The Becher Chase

Sire de Grugy’s rapid progress can sire Tingle Creek win

The absence of Sprinter Sacre from today’s Tingle Creek at Sandown, though a disappointment to those impatient for another demonstration of his talent and superiority, does at least give the best of the rest in the two-mile chase division a rare chance of glory.

People prepare Thanksgiving meals for those in need at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center in Washington as America prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving in its rare overlap with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, prompting the center to dub it 'Thanksgivukkah'

Thanksgivukkah! Thanksgiving overlaps with Hanukkah as US marks day with travel, parades, shopping and ceremonies

Millions of Americans will gather on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving - stuffing turkeys for feasts, braving high winds along parade routes and planning for the holiday shopping madness as soon as the pumpkin pies have been gobbled up.

Racing pundit John McCririck and his wife Jenny

It's obvious why John McCririck was put out to grass - and it has nothing to do with his age

The ex-TV presenter believes himself a freedom fighter for those of a certain age

The News Matrix: Monday 11 November 2013

A quarter of walk-in centres have closed

Paperback review: The City of Strangers, by Michael Russell

A historical thriller about an Irish police detective despatched to New York to bring back a murder suspect on the eve of the Second World War, The City of Strangers is a rich and addictive brew.

Gig review: The Wedding Present, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

“"I need to stay near, in case you suddenly remember that I'm alive," David Gedge drawls on "Interstate 5" from 2005's Take Fountain, the album which signaled the Wedding Present's return after a nine-year hiatus.

Maria de Villota passed away aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Drivers pay silent tribute to ‘tragic’ Maria de Villota

Former test driver passed away on Friday morning in Seville

María de Villota is seen on the grid before the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya back in May

F1: Doctors inform Maria de Villota's family that her death was linked to testing accident that she suffered last year

De Villota was found dead in a Spanish hotel yesterday morning 15 months after she lost her right eye in a shocking accident at Duxford Aerodrome while testing for Marussia

Man convicted of supplying Mark Duggan with gun blames Met for London 2011 riots

The man convicted of supplying Mark Duggan with a gun denied giving the 29-year-old the weapon on the day of his death and blamed the Met police for the subsequent 2011 London riots, a court heard on Tuesday.

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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