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Alan Pardew condemns crowd trouble following Newcastle's defeat to Sunderland

Supporters clashed in the city centre after the game

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Jesse Ryder remains in a coma after being injured in an unprovoked late-night assault

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Sympathy was being expressed today for Jesse Ryder who remains in an induced coma with critical injuries after a seemingly unprovoked assault just a day before he was due to leave New Zealand for the Indian Premier League.

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Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

David Cameron 'ignoring compelling evidence' that dearer alcohol would save lives

David Cameron will be guilty of ignoring compelling medical evidence if he decides to abandon plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, the Government's own public health advisers warned today.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce denies being an alcoholic after arrest for fight in parliamentary bar

The MP arrested for a fracas in Parliament on Thursday has denied being drunk at the time of the incident, and denied being an alcoholic.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce, MP arrested for the second time over fracas: "I am not an alcoholic"

Incident at parliamentary karaoke night second arrest in two years

The main thing on Mother’s Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, centre, and father Henke look on

Oscar Pistorius set to fight stringent bail conditions

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will fight the stringent bail conditions set after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend, his defence team says.

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

A nation of 'secret boozers': English people underestimate how much alcohol they drink

Studies show self-reported alcohol consumption accounts for only 40 to 60 per cent of sales

Going Barmy, by Paul Winslow

With the possible exception of Geoffrey Boycott, nothing seems to polarise opinion among English cricket supporters quite like the Barmy Army.

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