Eric Abidal

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal admitted to hospital

Defender recently underwent a liver transplant

The Arsenal manager said Wilshere was improving all the time since return from injury

Arsene Wenger 'disappointed' after list of club fines was posted on Twitter

Picture taken at Arsenal's training ground was made public

A refugee has gone on hunger strike to demand that the UK Border Agency returns his passport - and an unnamed NHS Trust has asked a court to decide if he can be forcibly fed

Doctors ask court to decide whether refugee on hunger strike can be forcibly fed

Doctors have asked a court to decide whether a refugee on hunger strike can be forcibly fed. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons and is referred to in court documents as “A”, went on hunger strike to demand that the UK Border Agency returns his passport.

As Facebook users dropped by over 600,000 in December - have we shared too much on social media?

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - their success lies in our willingness to over-share

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Colin Montgomerie emerges as contender to Paul McGinley for Ryder Cup captaincy

Discussions over who will take role to be held later this week

Editorial: An alarming spike in snooping

Few would dispute that the Government should work hard to pursue tax dodgers. And in such lean times as these, a crackdown can only be all the more welcome. After all, with nearly £7bn thought to be slipping through the net each year, there is much to be gained for the yawning public purse. But even so large a prize does not give the taxman carte blanche in his methods, and evidence of a sharp spike in snooping by the authorities is still cause for alarm, however worthy the cause.

British victim finds closure in Majorca rape trial

A British woman who was raped and left for dead in Magaluf has spoken of the closure she hopes to get from seeing her attacker sent to jail.

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BBC's Andrew Marr in hospital after stroke

Andrew Marr, the TV presenter and journalist, has had a stroke, the BBC said today. The 53-year-old presenter of The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week was taken ill on Tuesday and is recovering in hospital.

Police stockpile firearms handed in at a drive-through gun-buyback event in Los Angeles yesterday

Clearing the guns from the streets of LA: 'It's time to change. We must get these guns off the street'

When the mayor of LA held a weapons amnesty after the massacre at Sandy Hook, people were queueing round the block

Facebook criticised again - this time sparked by Mark Zuckerberg's sister

As Twitter and Facebook crimes are announced as having risen a massive 780% in just four years, there's a lot to be said about social media and privacy. Even Mark Zukerberg's sister has something to say.

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova

Tito Vilanova surgery goes 'as expected' announce Barcelona

Vilanova, who also had a tumour removed from his throat in November last year, will now start six weeks of chemotherapy

Poll: Is two years in prison the right punishment for man who defaced Rothko painting?

The 26-year-old man who defaced a Rothko painting hanging at London's Tate Modern gallery has been jailed for two years.

Finance Bill - reactions from the property world

The Government's tax change announcement has met with a mixed reaction from estate agents

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April Jones' parents speak about pain of losing daughter as police suspend search over Christmas

The parents of missing April Jones spoke today of their pain at realising they will never see their daughter alive again.

Laws need to be enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites to protect journalistic standards, warns Lord Justice Leveson

Mainstream journalistic standards could plunge if laws are not enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites, Lord Justice Leveson warned today.

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