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Evo Morales was forced to spend an unscheduled night in Vienna

Edward Snowden NSA revelations: ‘North American imperialism’ means Bolivian President Evo Morales could close US embassy

Anger as four European countries allegedly refuse permission for his jet to enter their airspace because of suspicions it was harbouring the fugitive spy Edward Snowden

On me pad! Harry Redknapp shows off his penmanship

Biography: Harry Redknapp hates writing. Except for his own book

The QPR manager once confessed he 'couldn’t even fill a team sheet in'

Mobile phone conversations often seem more intrusive than the general hubbub of people talking to one another

EU slashes mobile roaming charges

Costs for texts, calls, and data have fallen by 80% since 2007

Cost of using a mobile phone abroad is slashed

The cost of using a mobile phone abroad will be slashed from today under new EU rules.

Aaron Hernandez is being charged with first degree murder

New England Patriots NFL star Aaron Hernandez charged with first degree murder

Police investigators have been searching for evidence in the vicinity of the 23-year-old’s luxury home after the body of Odin Lloyd was found a mile away

Afghanistan: Taliban launch suicide bomb attack on Kabul's presidential palace

A series of explosions rocked the gate leading into the presidential compound, believed to be one of the most secure places in the region

WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging application for smartphones.

WhatsApp hits 250 million monthly active users as OTT messaging continues to flourish

Industry analysts predict that by end of 2013 over-the-top (OTT) messaging will be double that of traditional SMS

Bridezillas, I now pronounce you the bane of my life

The very worst example of wedding greed comes in the form of the wedding gift list, which is a smart name for begging

Eric J Feight leaves the federal courthouse after his arraignment on Wednesday

FBI arrests two men accused of plotting to kill Barack Obama 'with home-made X-ray weapon'

Two men from upstate New York have been accused of hatching a bizarre plot to kill President Barack Obama and others they saw as “enemies of Israel” using a home-made X-ray weapon.

Russell Brand will not perform his new show The Messiah Complex at mosques in the Middle East after safety concerns were raised

Russell Brand forced to cancel Middle East leg of his Messiah Complex tour amid safety concerns

Comedian Russell Brand has cancelled several gigs in the Middle East after promoters said they could not guarantee his safety.

First PayDay Loan UK quotes a typical APR of 2,120 per cent

Payday lender banned from sending 'irresponsible' spam texts

A payday lender which sent “irresponsible” spam text messages which encouraged people to borrow money for a “night on the town” has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Australian cricketer David Warner (R) answers questions from the media as he sits beside team captain Michael Clarke during a press conference in central London

'I put my hand up and apologise': David Warner 'extremely remorseful' for attack on Joe Root

The Australian batsman has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arrives at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil

Jeremy Forrest trial: Maths teacher 'looked up' possible length of prison sentence

30-year-old accused of abducting 15-year-old schoolgirl to France

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arrives at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil

Teen tells how relationship with teacher was ‘biggest secret ever’

A teenage girl told a court today how a crush on her maths teacher led to secret sex sessions and the pair running away to France together.

Daniel Pelka is alleged to have been deliberately starved over several months.

Court hears that four-year-old boy was 'deliberately starved' by mother and stepfather in case of 'incomprehensible cruelty'

An emaciated four-year-old boy died of a head injury after being subjected to a campaign of “incomprehensible” cruelty by his mother and stepfather, a court has heard.

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