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The striker refused to play for Stoke after texting manager Mark Hughes

A couple thought they had booked bargain Caribbean flights from Birmingham Airport

West Midlands couple book bargain Caribbean flights – from Birmingham, Alabama

Man and woman turned up at Birmingham Airport to be told their flight was about to leave some 4,000 miles away

Two Colorado teenagers arrested over alleged shooting plot at Trinidad High School

Boys may have been planning the attack for up to six weeks

Bailey during the AAAs games at White City in the run-up to the 1952 Olympics

McDonald Bailey: Athlete

Olympic sprint bronze medallist who achieved unwanted fame through one game of rugby league

Steven Gerrard

England v Poland: Steven Gerrard desperate to avoid repeat of Croatia heartbreak at Wembley

The captain was part of the side that lost 3-2 and failed to reach Euro 2008

Squadron Leader Ulric Cross: Pilot who went on to become a judge and diplomat

In 1990, when Ulric Cross was interviewed in BBC television's discussion programme Hear-Say, he explained that he joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 because he was "young, adventurous and idealistic." He said his recruitment enabled him to escape his homeland, Trinidad, where he hated "the frustrations and the stultifying nature of colonial society". He also said that in addition to defeating Hitler, for him "the whole idea of being a member of the RAF was romantic."

Kenwyne Jones

Kenwyne Jones reveals level of disharmony under former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis

The striker considered quitting the club

Port of call: Auckland harbour on North Island, New Zealand

My life in travel: Lennie James

'I first went to New Zealand with my daughter. It was our big adventure'

Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms

Classical review: The final Proms cover the waterfront, and the Last Night is the best in years thanks to Marin Alsop

Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)

Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)

Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)

Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)

Joyce DiDonato will star at the Last Night of the Proms

Proms star soloist Joyce DiDonato to sing for 'voices silenced' over gay rights

American mezzo-soprano dedicates performance of 'Over the Rainbow' to LGBT community

Kenwyne Jones

Transfer news: Mark Hughes predicts interest in Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones following hat-trick against Walsall

The Potters won 3-1 to advance in the Capital One Cup

The 10 Best last-minute travel websites

Whether you fancy lounging on a beach or something a little more energetic, there are some great late holiday deals to be had

Two British women injured in Cuban bus crash

All 16 tourists on board taken to hospital after coach overturned on popular holiday route

The image posted on Brek Shea's Instagram account

Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'

Training ground 'prank' backfires and leads to furious reaction from striker

Writing on the wall: ‘I’m still on the lookout, I want something to happen and I’ve applied for so many jobs, so many jobs,’ says Graham Rix

Graham Rix: 'No one will give me a job'

Highly rated player and coach is a forgotten man after up-and-down career

International Space Station photograph captures giant 'underwater' wave spread over hundreds of miles in the Caribbean Sea

Image was captured from the International Space Station

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003