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A newspaper tribute to Matt Groening's mother Margaret, who died aged 94, reads like a Who's Who of the cartoonist's famous TV creation

Mather’s refit of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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The architect Rick Mather is celebrated for renovations of British museums and galleries that amounted to re-founding them, because with subtlety, refinement and, above all, respect for their traditions and collections, he made historic spaces work as modern institutions. His great imaginative gift was to take a dark or enclosed space and let in light and air.

Mo Farah eager to emulate the great flying Finn Lasse Viren

Mo Farah will return to London next year to make his marathon debut proper but beyond that it is the extraordinary exploits of the flying Finn Lasse Viren, the greatest distance runner in Olympic history, that offer a clue to the possible long-term ambition of the Briton.

A furious Mo Farah took to Twitter today after his wife was involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Mo Farah Twitter fury over alleged hit-and-run

A furious Mo Farah took to Twitter today after his wife was involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Rupp and Farah after the Olympic Men's 10,000m Final

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The American athelete took silver when his training partner won 10,000m gold at London 2012. Now he is aiming to reverse the roles, he tells Simon Turnbull

Breakthrough: Scientists produce early-stage embryos by transferring genes between unfertilised human eggs, in bid to eliminate inherited mitochondrial diseases

Scientists have for the first time transferred genes between unfertilised human eggs to produce early-stage embryos in an attempt to prove that it will be safe to go ahead with a radical new technique to rid families of certain inherited diseases.

Why would Tom Hanks support Aston Villa?

The tale of Tom Hanks - super Aston Villa fan

Why would a well-known and popular actor, who, some critics might say, has left his glory days behind him, choose to support a team like Aston Villa?

The origin of the huge dock was today confirmed by the Japanese consulate in Portland, Oregon.

70ft dock ripped from Japanese fishing port in tsunami washes up in Oregon

Dock has drifted thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean

Portland International Airport scan protester strips naked

A man has stripped naked at a US airport as a protest against airport security screeners, police said.

Korean jet diverted after threat

A Korean Airlines Boeing 777 travelling from Vancouver to Seoul diverted to a Canadian Forces base on Vancouver Island after the airline received a call about a threat on board.

Anti-capitalist activists clash with police at US ports

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators, confronted by police in riot gear, marched on several West Coast ports on Monday seeking to disrupt cargo traffic and re-energize their protest movement.

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