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Almost half the pupils from some French primary schools were absent from class after the text messages were sent

The pain shows as Andy Murray stuggles to beat John Millman

Murray battles warm-up pains and hostile crowd in fitful start to the year

Scot drops set against world No 199 in Brisbane despite Lendl assuming he would stroll to victory

'Only a game'? You've never played with the Blands

I get the same warm glow from competitive board games that I hear others get from carol singing

The warped economics of the text message

The biggest trick the world's mobile networks ever pulled was to persuade us that paying around 10p to send a text message was a good deal. You can imagine boardrooms reverberating to the sound of laughter as gargantuan sums were scrawled on whiteboards – trillions of SMS messages, minimal costs, billions in revenue. What's surprising is that we've taken so long to twig that the feat of delivering 160 bytes of data really isn't really worth that much reward.

Charges of sexual harassment against the former Speaker, Peter Slipper, were thrown out as a ploy to undermine the government

'Scandal' exposed as plot to weaken Australian PM

A tumultuous year in Australian politics has ended with a court ruling that senior opposition figures conspired with a former political staffer to undermine Julia Gillard’s minority Labor government by bringing sexual harassment charges against the then parliamentary Speaker, Peter Slipper.

Intrusive, expensive, ineffective and not needed: this Government Bill cannot proceed

The man who led Lib Dem opposition to the snooping proposals on the technical challenges that remain, and how the Home Office has got it wrong

Questions of Cash: Return of O2 debt which I thought had been written off

Q: Two years ago, I wrote to you about O2. I was being chased for the non-payment of a contract but the phone handset had been confiscated by the police in connection with an enquiry.

A resident from the Stevenage area ticked off the right numbers but hasn't claimed the big prize

Residents of Hitchin conduct frantic last-minute search for largest ever unclaimed National Lottery winning ticket

Lost: one lottery ticket, somewhere in the Stevenage area. Value: until last night, around £64m.

Ben Foster: West Bromwich’s goalkeeper is ‘comfortable’ after surgery on a groin injury

Ben Foster may require more surgery reveal West Brom

Former England international has been out of last three games

The Denise Milani conspiracy: 'Honey trap' professor gets five years in Argentina jail

I thought I was meeting Miss Bikini World, says physicist caught with 2kg of cocaine

Dumping friends is easy when you know how

Amy was a somewhat needy young woman with only two friends: Ben and Jerry. I just could not get rid of her

There's no need for more texts to prove just how close David Cameron was to Rebekah Brooks

Text messages are meant for the moment - they're not historical documents

Msg to RB: “The horse CB [Charlie Brooks] put me on. Fast, unpredictable and hard to control but fun.” Msg to DC: “Brilliant speech. I cried twice. Will love ‘working together’”

David Cameron under new pressure to release Rebekah Brooks texts after leak

David Cameron will come under fresh pressure this week to reveal the content of "salacious" messages between him and Rebekah Brooks.

Hurricane Sandy silences US websites: Huffington Post, Gawker and Buzzfeed all affected by storm that pounded New York

Several data centres on Americas' East Coast have suffered a power shortage, despite failsafe procedures, causing havoc for American news media

Ex-teacher Brian Knowles avoids prison over abduction of 15-year-old girl

A former deputy headteacher has been spared jail after admitting abducting a 15-year-old pupil and taking her out for meals.

Children aged 12 to 15 now dedicate around 17 hours a week to the internet, up from about 15 hours online last year

Teenagers' life balance revealed: 17 hours weekly for TV and another 17 for internet

Young teenagers use up the equivalent of an average working week in front of a screen.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

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
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘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
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own