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A gentleman player assured at both touching sincerity and twinkling comedy, John Horsley was a charming actor with plenty of strings to his bow, who played an adroit second fiddle throughout his 60-year career. A household face on television, he will best be remembered as Doc Morrissey, the quack severely in need of a doctor in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1975), who showed enthusiasm for his work only when faced with secretaries who were feeling a touch chesty, and who prescribed "two aspirin" for anything and everything.

UN warns DR Congo rebels it will intervene

The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.

Car bomb kills 12 in southwest Pakistan

A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian Thursday in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said.

Stockholm riots spread to districts after fatal police shooting

Gangs of youths have smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze and burnt down a cultural center as riots that started in one Stockholm suburb after a fatal police shooting spread to other low-income areas of the Swedish capital.

Russia claims to have foiled possible terror plot

Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it killed two militants it believes were planning a terrorist act in Moscow and detained a third.

Australian politician 'attacked by kangaroo' during morning jog

Mr Rattenbury said he came off second best in the clash

Blaze kills eight in another Bangladeshi garment factory disaster

Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory today, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900.

Gas tanker explosion kills 18 in Mexico City

A petrol tanker has exploded in Mexico City, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.

US football referee Ricardo Portillo dies after being punched by player in row over yellow card

According to a police report the attack on Ricardo Portillo happened on April 27 at a youth match at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorville

Amy Dickson, Dusk & Dawn (Sony Classical)

Album review: Amy Dickson, Dusk & Dawn (Sony Classical)

Her 2010 album of Glass, Tavener and Nyman pieces was a more effective showcase for Amy Dickson's soprano sax than this collection of popular classics and classic pop. Fauré's “Pavane” works fine – her sleek , pure timbre, closer to clarinet or even oboe at times, floats weight-lessly over the gentle pizzicato and swish of strings; but the sax lacks the emotional flexibility of the human voice when taking the vocal line to “Casta Diva”, from Bellini's Norma.

Moneypenny employees are swapping their offices in Wrexham, left, for Takapuna, New Zealand

It’s an 11,000-mile commute, but no one at this call centre complains

Welsh workers flown half-way around the world to New Zealand  to avoid nightshifts

Strange fiction: an extract from the Scarfolk Council archives as imagined by Richard Littler

How to wash a child's brain: Designer Richard Littler creates fictional world based on terrifying public service films

Somewhere in the north-west of England a town stuck in a hellish vision of the 1970s

Album: Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

If you're going to take the name Kurt Vile – although the 33-year-old from Philadelphia claims he was born with it – then you have some serious living up to do.

Rescue workers carry a child who survived from a collapsed residential building in Thane, on the outskirts of Mumbai

Dozens killed as illegal building collapses in India

At least 11 children among the dead after half-constructed building collapsed in Mumbai suburb

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

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