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A Briton, his Filipino partner and their three-year-old daughter are feared to have been killed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the city of Tacloban.

Paul Lambert is struggling with his Villa side

Aston Villa sign Tottenham winger Simon Dawkins

25-year-old winger joins on loan until the end of the season

David Beckham of LA Galaxy

David Beckham substituted in shock play-off defeat for LA Galaxy

David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes in the first leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoff yesterday.

There are now more than 600,000 apps aiming to monopolise your spare time on iPad, iPhone and Mac computers

Apple 'set to reveal iPad mini'

Apple is set to reveal a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad at an event next week, it was reported last night.

Phone bill blunder as French woman is asked to pay 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (or 6000 times French GDP)

If you've ever winced upon opening your phone bill you may have some small insight into the horror a woman in south-west France experienced this week.

Steve Jobs

Home of Apple's late Steve Jobs broken into

The California home of Apple's late Steve Jobs has been broken into with more than $60,000 worth of computers and personal stolen.

Swansea lose two goal lead against San Jose Earthquakes

Swansea lost a two-goal lead in the closing stages to draw 2-2 with San Jose Earthquakes in the final match of their pre-season tour to the United States.

Point of order: David Beckham's
omission has caused an uproar

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry among MLS all-star team to face Chelsea

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry highlight the Major League Soccer First XI team to face Chelsea on July 25 in the league's all-star game.

David Beckham

David Beckham hit with ban over 'confrontational and provocative behaviour'

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been banned for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his "confrontational and provocative behaviour" during and after last weekend's defeat at San Jose.

Andy Roddick feels fortunate after Memphis victory

Andy Roddick won the 30th title of his career with a diving forehand winner to cap a thrilling 7-6 6-7 7-5 win over red-hot Canadian Milos Raonic in the final of the Memphis Championships yeaterday.

California: Home wanted for 1,000 rescued rats

About 1,000 rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house they had infested and almost destroyed.

Central America: Tricky territory? Not these days

New links and routes are making it easier to get around Central America. Mark Rowe reports

Secret to Beane's success: Study of data that no one else had thought to study

Information is everywhere. It's how you use it that counts, the American tells Ian Herbert

Underground hit? Brad Pitt bids millions for 'Los 33' – the movie

The drama of their captivity, rescue and love lives captivated TV audiences around the world. Now the film rights to the Chilean miners' dusky fight for survival are being sought by Brad Pitt.

Just an ugly lump of rock? Not quite. It happens to be worth $1bn

US court sifts six claimants' murky tales about the discovery, sale and theft of the world's biggest Emerald

Spectacular lenticular

The Mauger Modern gallery in London presents the lenticular artist Chris Dean's first solo show outside the US, on the changing economic fortunes of his hometown Detroit in his exhibit, Transylvania.

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