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

A thief in China stole an iPhone but returned the victim's contacts

iPhone thief in China sends victim handwritten list of almost 1,000 contacts

A Chinese iPhone thief may have atoned somewhat for his crime, sending his victim a handwritten list of nearly 1,000 contact numbers.

X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur

James Arthur diagnosed with 'acute exhaustion' following Twitter spat with Lucy Spraggan

The X Factor star has been instructed by a doctor to rest for several days

Paul O'Grady in his show 'For the Love of Dogs'

Paul O'Grady facing heart surgery after suffering angina attack

The 58-year-old comedian has had two heart attacks previously

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White supremacist Craig Cobb arrested after 'patrolling' North Dakota town with a shotgun

Cobb and Kynan Dutton are being detained in Mercer County jail after allegedly intimidating residents in the Leith community

Paul Flowers was questioned by MPs over the Co-operative Bank's losses on 6 November

Police open investigation as former Co-op bank chair allegedly hands over £300 for drugs including crystal meth and cocaine

West Yorkshire Police have 'opened an investigation' after Reverend Paul Flowers was purportedly filmed discussing the purchase of class A drugs

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Mohamed is not the only one to lose control

We knew that Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is a master of disguise and a dab hand at disabling a tag. Today we learned that he also has some pretty good lawyers.

Steve Clarke

Chelsea v West Brom: Steve Clarke prepares to face former boss Jose Mourinho for the first time as a manager

The Baggies boss worked under the Special One during Mourinho's first spell in charge

Former Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey

'NOTW' played Milly Dowler’s messages to Surrey police 11 years ago

A guest at a Dubai hotel said Rebekah Brooks ‘left a gathering to discuss a missing Surrey schoolgirl’

Adrian Peterson practicing ahead on the Minnesota Vikings NFL match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley

NFL: Minnesota Vikings' star Adrian Peterson in mourning after tragic death of his son, just two weeks after stealing the show at Wembley

Peterson's two-year-old son succumbed to severe head injuries on Friday

Corruption at Detroit's City Hall: America's dirtiest mayor jailed for 28 years

Kwame Kilpatrick oversaw the downfall of the now-bankrupt city that was once the beating heart of US car production

James Franco

James Franco to publish novel on 'dark heart of celebrity world'

The book is loosely based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps manual

Hamzah Khan, who's mummified body was found in the bedroom of his mother's home almost two years after he died

Devious, wicked, dangerous: Amanda Hutton sentenced to 15 years in prison for starving four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to death and leaving body in cot for two years

Amanda Hutton  sentenced for manslaughter, child neglect and preventing the burial of her dead son's body

Birmingham man Zubair Hussain jailed for faking his own kidnap

A Birmingham man has jailed for eight months for blackmailing his family by faking his own kidnap.

Greek police arrest Golden Dawn far-right party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos as head of 'criminal organisation'

Greek police have arrested Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, the far right leader Golden Dawn party today on charges of founding a criminal organisation, police officials announced.

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