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A “hiatus” in global warming so far this century is partly caused by natural climate variations and is unlikely to last, a draft UN report by leading climate scientists reveals.

Jonathan Brownlee receives bashing from Olympic champion brother Alistair

Triathlon: Jonathan Brownlee misses out and faces wrath of big brother Alistair

Jonny beaten by Spain’s Javier Gomez in sprint finish

Non Stanford celebrates her world triathlon championship success

Non Stanford crowned world triathlon champion after Grand Final victory in Hyde Park

British triathlete saw off American Gwen Jorgensen and Germany's Anne Haug as well as team-mate Jodie Stimpson to claim world championship

Jason Isbell

Music review: Jason Isbell, St Pancras Old Church, London

In country music, if daddy ain't a no-good son of a gun, then he invariably often acts as a font of wisdom, a tradition carried on enthusiastically by this Muscle Shoals, Alabama, native, who peppers his ballads with Pop's pithy saws. Indeed, not long after we hear about a young Jason Isbell being taught 'The right things's always the hardest thing to do' in "Different Days", then the solo artist performs a number built entirely on paternal apercus.

Portfolio: Hans Malm captures Gustavsberg's sense of loss in Sleeping with the Lights On

Situated 15 miles east of Stockholm, Gustavsberg's ceramics factory once employed the entire town, and was renowned worldwide for its exquisite porcelain. But that was half a century ago.

Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl exposes the fantasies of paunchy politicians

Film review: Call Girl - Sweden's answer to Judie Dench gets down and dirty amid the pasties

The title Call Girl hits the screen in red neon 15 minutes into Mikael Marcimain’s film, followed by strippers grinding to jazz flute. Otherwise, don’t expect anything too lurid from this political thriller in which beige trench coats and rain on glass set the tone.

Wilfried Zaha made his England debut in Sweden on Wednesday

Roy Hodgson set to name Wayne Rooney in England squad despite striker's row with Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha will also be included, while Andy Carroll is injured and there are doubts over Jermain Defoe's fitness

Wayne Rooney is expected to comply if asked to play in Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan

Wayne Rooney eyes move abroad if Chelsea deal falls through

With Europe's top clubs having already spent big this summer, the England striker's options would be limited if a move to west London falls through

The England manager is short of striking options

Roy Hodgson hamstrung by lack of fit England strikers

The England manager Roy Hodgson faces a shortage of fit strikers for his friendly against Scotland next week, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll officially injured and Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to first-team training with Liverpool.

Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Wayne Rooney faces Manchester United dressing-room rift over Chelsea move as David Moyes considers stance

Ferdinand and Giggs angered by his desire to leave as striker misses Sweden trip with shoulder injury

Jose Mourinho said he is calm about signing Rooney

Transfer news: Manchester United confirm second Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney has been rejected

The 27-year-old has expressed his desire to leave the club and latest development may see him hand in transfer request

The history of Segway Polo

Segway polo could only be described as a niche sport, invented by technology workers in Silicon Valley in the United States around 2003 - where a number of teams are still playing. The sport began when two Segway owners, Jonathan VanClute and Alex Ko, fashioned makeshift mallets from PVC piping and used them to hit a miniature beach ball in the park.

Castro pleaded guilty last week to hundreds of criminal charges to avoid the possibility of the death penalty

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Judge insists on consecutive sentences for hundreds of counts, including kidnapping, rape and assault

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