Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

Ukraine activist Dmytro Bulatov 'kidnapped, tortured and left to die'

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

Gus Poyet has made his first move of the January transfer window with a bid of £2.5m for Liam Bridcutt

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The midfielder joins from Brighton

Tesco has removed a line of clothing featuring pictures of animals wearing glasses with the words 'nerd' and 'geek' underneath

Tesco removes 'nerd' and 'geek' clothes after complaint from mother of toddler with eye problems

Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles

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Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.

Justin Bieber does something other than get arrested: watch his video for 'Confident' featuring Chance The Rapper

The pop star and his ‘people’ made sure they threw fans a musical tit-bit before he handed himself in at a Toronto police station

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The 18th century tiles will be on display for one night only

London commuters face the threat of disruption in the coming weeks

Tube strikes: TfL warns passengers of disruptions ahead of 48-hour strikes

London Underground bosses announce contingency plans ahead of walk out over ticket office closures

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Agent Provocateur has teamed up with photographer Miles Aldridge to shoot its latest lingerie collection, writes Rebecca  Gonsalves

Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone: religious figure turns rock star

Robed in white and waving at an unknown subject, he is accompanied  by a 7,700-word cover story aptly titled The Times they are A-Changing

So there you are, moments from Olympic glory on your snowboard - time to show off with one more little trick... Lindsey Jacobellis fell over in Turin in 2006 to squander a three-second lead.

Winter Olympics 2014: A-Z guide in the build-up to the Sochi Games

The opening ceremony takes place on February 7

Missing York student Megan Roberts likely to have fallen in river while drunk, say police

Police searching for missing Megan Roberts have said the most probable scenario is that she "entered the river" while "heavily affected by alcohol".

66-1 shot Auroras Encore, left, won the race last year

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The number will have to be whittled down before the race in April

Pete Seeger: A rebel with a cause – but a less confrontational attitude

Without him... folk music would not have flourished as it did

Juan Mata debut: Can the £37m signing live up to the previous wearers of the Manchester United No 8 shirt?

The Spaniard makes his debut against Cardiff City

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