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Outraged Indians have been demanding the death penalty for the six men

New Delhi bus gang-rape suspect may be too young for execution

Officials carried out a bone test today to confirm the age of a young suspect in custody over the fatal assault and gang rape of a woman on a bus in India’s capital, while prosecutors will seek the death penalty for five men arrested with him.

Neil Black will be looking to build on the medal success of Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah

Exclusive Interview: Neil Black - 'The Wolf' looks to the future

New performance director of UK Athletics once beat Cram and Coe and is confident he can beat London medal haul in Rio, he tells Simon Turnbull

Cell transplants enable paralysed dogs to walk

Dogs that had lost the use of their back legs as a result of spinal injuries were able to walk again after a revolutionary transplant operation, offering new hope to paralysed patients, scientists said.

Think the humble house spider is harmless? Think again: woman nearly dies after spider bite

Natalie Hemme suffered a rare allergic reaction after being bitten on the wrist by a house spider

Cycling: Sky is the limit for Stephens

Team Sky have appointed Australian Shaun Stephens as performance coach for the 2013 season. Stephens, 37, is regarded as one of the world's best triathlon coaches and recently worked as head coach to the Australian national team at London 2012.

Hundreds protest against Paralympics sponsor Atos as anger about its role in slashing benefits bill intensifies

Hundreds of disabled people stepped up protests against the Paralympics sponsor Atos today as anger about the company's role in slashing the benefits bill intensifies.

Paralympic lanes come into force tomorrow

The first Games lane for the Paralympics will come into force tomorrow as competitors start arriving at Heathrow in large numbers.

Troops criticise Help for Heroes charity

The charity Help for Heroes was last night accused by some of the UK's worst wounded troops of spending cash on lavish building projects rather than practical help for wounded military personnel.

James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for his training for the Games

Team GB Sprinter James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training

A Team GB sprinter has told of how he auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training to compete in the Olympics.

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Phillips Idowu 'disappointed' with British Olympic Association after request for medical records is made public

Phillips Idowu's agent today said his athlete was disappointed with the British Olympic Association for making a request for his medical details public.

Emergency action taken after court says immigration rules are illegal

Immigration rules that have been in operation for four years had to be rushed from the Home Office to the House of Lords yesterday, in the hope of saving the system from collapse.

Spinner Imran Tahir was the pick of the South Africa bowlers

Tahir’s wickets add spin to tourist attack

Kent 210 South Africa 31-1

Kick in the teeth: Aaron Cook has fought long and hard to realise his Olympic dream but he appears to have lost out to Lutalo Muhammad for 2012 selection

The Last Word: Cook's taekwondo drama will turn into revenger's tragedy

When all the arguments over selection end, the sport's funding will become the real issue

Concern over spinal manipulation

Some people claim it is the answer to back pain, others that it's a risky manoeuvre with serious side effects.

Gary Lewin talks to England midfielder Steven Gerrard in training

Gary Lewin: Players need winter break

The England physio tells Patrick Barclay that this spate of injuries is due to the non-stop demands of the Premier League

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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