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Hamza appears in court and demands his hooks back

Radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects arrived in the United States on Saturday.

Male DNA found in women's brains

Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, a study has found.

Chris Blackhurst: Will Amazon be the new beast in our supermarkets jungle once it gets fresh?

One evening this week, I dined with a senior executive from one of our biggest supermarket groups. I'm covering my tracks because we agreed the conversation was off the record. However, I'm sure he would not mind if I went public on one subject. It wasn't about his position or his company per se but concerned the future of his entire industry.

La Boulange's wholesome bakery goods may soon be rolling out into Starbucks' US branches

Artisanal smoked trout salad with your Starbucks coffee?

The lure of Starbucks is almost alchemistic. However much anyone tells you it's an evil conglomerate peddling so-so beverages on a mass scale, you somehow can't shake a smug little feeling of rightness as you settle into its "third-space" shops and nod along to the strategically selected soundtrack.

UPS to buy TNT Express

The world's largest delivery company, United Parcel Service, boosted its presence in the UK today with a deal to buy European rival TNT Express.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, left, at a US training centre last year

US soldier accused of Afghan massacre to meet lawyers

Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians as they slept two Sundays ago, is set to meet his lawyers for the first time tonight, even as friends and relatives in US struggled to square what they thought they knew about him with the horror of the accusations levelled against him.

BP shares are lifted by £4.9bn settlement over oil spill in Gulf

Shares in BP yesterday rose by nearly 2 per cent as the City digested the oil major's £4.9bn settlement with restaurants, fishermen, hotel owners and other businesses and individuals affected by the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Rick Santorum is hugged by his wife Karenafter speaking at a rally in Oklahoma City

Can Santorum clean up in the Bible belt? you better believe it

As Super Tuesday dawns, and Republicans in 10 states begin the biggest day in the nomination battle, Guy Adams sees the staunch Christian candidate hit Oklahoma – and the evangelical heartlands

Andrew Breitbart: Controversial Republican activist

The conservative US publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, an outspoken critic of mainstream media, died at the age of 43 yesterday in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. The Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry wrote: "RIP O Mighty Warrior!" in a message on Twitter, the medium where Breitbart confronted his critics with often abrasive messages. His final message had called a follower "a putz".

The boy appears at a juvenile court in Port Orchard, Washingston state accompanied by his family

Orange jumpsuit for nine-year-old who's accused of shooting girl

Court to rule whether boy who brought gun to school had mental capacity to understand crime

Christopher Tappin with his wife Elaine outside Heathrow police station

Tears from his wife as extradited businessman heads to Texan jail

Retired Briton accused of arms dealing says he has fewer rights than Abu Qatada

Starbucks to sell alcohol– if you're an Americano

The world's largest coffee chain already boasts that it offers 87,000 different drink combinations. Now alongside the soy lattes, caramel frappuccinos and espresso con pannas, Starbucks is to begin offering a more potent option.

US student found dead in Barcelona

Spanish police are investigating the death of a US student in Barcelona but say so far do not suspect foul play.

Benjamin Colton Barnes, the war veteran in whose car weapons were found

War veteran found dead after park manhunt

The body of an Iraq war veteran suspected of shooting a park ranger is believed to have been found last night. Twenty-four-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes apparently died after trudging into chest-deep snow in the Washington state park while trying to elude SWAT team members and other police who were on his trail.

Luke Donald on the18th green after sinking a putt for a birdie

Donald seals double and lets the tears roll

Never has a 50-footer across the final green for an eagle and a victory been so overshadowed. Like everyone who understands the vagaries and rigours of professional golf, the winner Alvaro Quiros would have appreciated why Luke Donald was commanding the spotlight. Here was history to hail.

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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