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Jermain Defoe may yet be unavailable for England's first Euro 2012 game against France on Monday having returned home yesterday following the death of his father, Jimmy, which will potentially leave Roy Hodgson with just two available strikers for the match.

'Killing Them Softly' is 'about modern living', says film's star Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt's role as a brutal mob enforcer is not just a gangster story but a commentary on modern living, he said today.

Disabled Briton held without trial in Spain for 17 months

Mother of inmate with mental age of 10 pleads his innocence of arson attack on hotel

You can stuff your ban: US chefs fight to keep foie gras on the menu

Some of California's top chefs are attempting to overturn a ban on the production and sale of foie gras, two months before it is due to come into effect.

Man jailed for slashing neighbour's throat

A man has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for slashing the throat of a father who survived by stemming the blood with a doner kebab.

Tamasin Day-Lewis: 'It's shocking to see so many grotesquely overweight children'

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Wang Gengxiang was five when he fell into a pile of burning straw in a courtyard at his home village of Mijiazhuang on the outskirts of Fenyang, Shanxi province, in north China. Most of the skin on his head was burnt off, meaning he has to wear a full surgical mask to prevent infection of the scarring.

The 'Red Deer People' had a distinctive anatomy that could characterise an entirely new human species

Deer relative, red herring or missing link to humans?

Bones found in China have led scientists to suggest a new species of humanoid. By Steve Connor

The 'Red Deer People' had a distinctive anatomy that could characterise an entirely new human species

Meet the other ancestors

Fossilised remains of China's 'red deer cave people' may represent a whole new human species. Steve Connor on a discovery that radically complicates the story of our origins

Prince attempts to end exile in Dubai

The latest leg of the Dubai Carnival introduces a distant beam of sunshine to the petrified domestic scene – and could yet make a down payment towards the European summer. For it is not so much his name that summons Dubai Prince to centre stage today, as his untapped potential. After just four career starts, the fact that he returns in a trial for the Dubai World Cup suggests he could yet develop into a Godolphin flagship for the months ahead.

Teenager found guilty of murdering schoolboy

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a school friend he claimed had pestered him for sex.

Calls to immunise teenage boys after huge rise in throat cancer

Vaccination against virus urged following increase in cases linked to sexually transmitted infection

The Government is under growing pressure to rethink its imminent alcohol strategy and its guidelines for sensible drinking

Alcohol: keep a clear head

A new government report on drinking alcohol aims to give us easy to understand, no-nonsense advice. But are we ready to listen?

Huge rise in potentially fatal allergies

The number of people admitted to hospital with life-threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

The 6,000-year-old statue was found on the banks of the river Somme in France

The earth mother of all neolithic discoveries

French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic "earth mother" figurine on the banks of the river Somme.

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