Sport England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

Huge oil slick heads for Ireland and Wales

The biggest oil slick to threaten Ireland and the UK for more than ten years was tonight being tracked as it moved closer towards coastlines.

Kenya's First Couple row over fire

The blame game in the wake of Kenya's deadliest national disaster took a surreal turn yesterday as the President was forced to defend a minister from the wrath of his own wife.

More than 100 dead after Kenyan oil spill blaze

Scores of people are dead or missing in Kenya’s Rift Valley after an overturned petrol tanker caught fire and exploded.

Ferry scare as lorry breaks free

A passenger ferry travelling from Scotland to Northern Ireland cut short its journey after a lorry onboard broke free and forced open the vessel's rear door.

Pirate's body washed ashore along with ransom

The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said yesterday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship.

British security guards jump ship to escape Somali pirates

Men rescued from sea but Indian crew taken hostage / Deployment of foreign navies fails to curb attacks

UK hostage on oil tanker says all captives well

One of the British hostages on board the oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates has spoken of his captivity. Peter French is one of two British citizens on the Sirius Star, the giant Saudi-owned tanker which was seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa 10 days ago.

Paying ransoms only encourages pirates, says Miliband

Ransom payments to pirates will only encourage further hostage-taking, Foreign Secretary David Miliband insisted today.

Somali port awaits its $100m bounty

Pirates hold world's largest oil producer to ransom

Britain urges 'immediate release' of hijacked crew

The Government today appealed for the immediate release of the hijacked crew of a giant oil tanker - including two Britons - as the vessel anchored off the coast of Somalia.

'Crew safe' as pirates open talks

Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker with 25 crew, including two Britons, on board have opened negotiations, the vessel's operator said today.

Pirates seize giant oil tanker

Somali pirates pulled off their most audacious hijack to date yesterday, venturing outside their usual waters to seize a Saudi Arabian supertanker laden with two million barrels of crude, in an attack that sent oil prices higher.

King's majesty puts Britain in medal hunt

Team manager Yogi Breisner promised Great Britain would fight to the last after moving into the bronze medal position ahead of the final day of eventing. Mary King and Tina Cook both entered the top 10 of the individual rankings after clear rounds on the Beas River cross-country course yesterday while William Fox-Pitt recorded the day's second fastest time.

Cavalier a solid companion in King's pursuit of elusive victory

The Great Britain eventer Mary King is hoping her pursuit of a gold medal could be at an end after a promising display in the final dressage session of Olympic eventing yesterday.

Jobs under threat as US cancels $18bn defence deal

Thousands of British jobs were under threat following the Pentagon's decision to cancel the world's biggest defence contract and allow an American company to bid.

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