Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic at Chester Races following the announcement Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping down

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Defender says the Everton manager is the right choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson

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Deals of the week - Nice, Tunisia, Thailand

Less than £200... Escape the big freeze with a short break to the more temperate climes of southern France. British Airways Holidays has a three-night city break in Nice for £160 per person, staying at the Hôtel Comté with room-only board and flights from Gatwick on 21 April. Ba.com/nice

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Luke Donald fails to ride storm as he sets dismal record

Luke Donald missed the first halfway cut of his professional career in a regular European Tour event after adding a 73 to his opening 74 at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

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Thai children dressed as elephants and tigers at the Cites conference in Bangkok

Thai ivory-trade ban backed by Prince William

A global push to halt illegal ivory trading that leads to the slaughter of 30,000 elephants a year was backed by Prince William today.

Nicky the baby rhino with David Attenborough in the last of BBC1’s Africa series

Three ivory traders for every Thai elephant

The host nation for this weekend's global conservation gathering is called to account for its role in African elephant poaching

PSY, right, performs at South Korean president inauguration ceremony of new President Park Geun-hye, left

Inauguration style: Psy – and warning from the North – greet Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s first female President

Park Geun-hye took office as South Korea’s first female President today, returning to the presidential mansion she had known as the daughter of a dictator.

10 injured in Thailand bombings

Suspected insurgents have detonated two bombs that wounded 10 people and staged a series of minor attacks in nearly 30 spots in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said.

Thai web store is next pin on Tesco's world map

Supermarket giant to add to its overseas empire with internet groceries

'I'm a Marine get me out of here!': Stomach-churning images show US soldiers drinking cobra blood

Soldiers pictured are among 13,000 taking part in an annual jungle challenge

Thailand gang-rape: British student 'attacked by four men as she walked home'

Thai officials were searching for four men after a British student claimed she was gang-raped in the city of Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

Thai police during the attack on the base yesterday

Killing of Thai militants in botched raid reawakens world to overlooked insurgency

The killing of 16 militants during a botched raid on a military base in southern Thailand has drawn attention to one of the world’s most brutal and overlooked insurgencies.

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