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Man in China sentenced to death for selling illegal cooking oil

Man's brothers also sentenced to life in prison

Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour

Texas restaurant owner to sell business so teenage waitress can afford surgery on brain tumour

A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

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The Spurs striker Shaquile Coulthirst joined us on loan

The O Zone: The threat of falling floodlight bulbs put paid to our hopes of a big New Year’s Day beano

Life behind the scenes at Leyton Orient: What we lack in numbers, we make up for with character

High-end burger restaurants such as the Garage Grill in Tehran have enjoyed huge success in recent months

Nothing quite like a McAli’s burger... Iran’s foodies opt for taste of America with a glut of high-end grill restaurants in Tehran

Upmarket grills adorned with Americana are proving a hit in wealthy areas, finds Jason Rezaian in Tehran

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower early morning

'Polar vortex' snowstorm plunging America into record-breaking cold snap may bring coldest day of 21st century

With Arctic winds plummeting temperatures to  -50C, much of North America has shut down as authorities warn of the life-threatening freeze

Pace of economic recovery slowed in December as growth in dominant services sector slipped to six-month low

Growth in the dominant services sector slipped to a six-month low as the pace of economic recovery slowed in December, amid predictions that it will ease off over the year to come.

Tom Daley posted an image of himself with Dustin Lance Black and the message

Tom Daley shares first images of himself with rumoured boyfriend Dustin Lance Black

Photos posted to pair’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts appear to be first confirmation couple are dating

Ember Yard: Restaurant review - the team behind Salt Yard, Opera Tavern and Dehesa is back with more indulgent fare

Modern London is a city in turbulence, a cosmopolitan cauldron in which more things change than stay the same, where all the world comes to throw a tantrum, get rich through property and complain about schools. Its restaurant scene has generally kept up.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z publicly reneged on their vegan efforts in a seafood restaurant

No meat, no dairy, no problem: is 2014 the year vegans become mainstream?

As a German vegan supermarket opens its doors in Britain for the first time, veganism comes in from the cold

Monty Python's Michael Palin guest presented Radio 4's 'Today'

In praise of Michael Palin

Lovely Michael Palin is happily married to his wife (not his 32nd wife but his first)  - are you listening, Mr Cleese?

The Ape & Bird: Restaurant review - Polpo's Russell Norman has pushed his little plates aside for his first pub

While using the Polpo cookbook the other day, I had a moment to think about why the book was one of last year's biggest successes. Perhaps because it has an innovative spine that allows it to lie flat; perhaps because it looks beautiful and the recipes work; perhaps because it is true to one, quite specific cuisine – the Venetian cicchetti (little plates).

An ambulance on route to a 999 call heads into flood water at Polhill in Kent with help from men in a white jeep in front

UK Power Networks offers to pay for Christmas dinner after supplies cut off

A major power company is offering to pay for Christmas dinner in local pubs or restaurants for people whose supplies remain cut off today.

Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

Foxlow/Rextail: Restaurant reviews - It's behind you!

It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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