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

Security guard accidentally shoots penis off with illegal gun

The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports that the 33-year-old man was carrying a .38 caliber handgun in his pocket when it went off

Former boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho shot in Puerto Rico

Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho's condition has worsened after he was  shot in the face, with doctors and family members expected to decide whether to remove him from life support.

Patrol vessels: Can they drive naval sales?

BAE and Thales plot course for smaller warships to fight pirates

BAE Systems and Thales are among defense companies increasing their focus on patrol vessels to drive naval sales as countries from Libya to Brazil modernize and expand their fleets.

Mohamed bin Hammam (left) and Sepp Blatter are now best of enemies

Mohamed Bin Hammam claims Fifa president Sepp Blatter is untouchable

Mohamed Bin Hammam has claimed to FIFA's new chief investigator that Sepp Blatter appears to be untouchable.

Paralympic athlete Dedeline Kimbata (right) is competing in the 1500m event for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kindness of a stranger lets Congolese woman race

A Congolese woman whose legs were blown off by a landmine will compete in the London Paralympics after a British woman gave her a top-of-the-line racing chair.

Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring a sublime winner

Aston Villa interested in Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted being an admirer of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones as he looks to further strengthen his squad.

August 9, 2012: Ofentse Mogawane of South Africa receives assitance after crashing out of the men's 4 x 400 metres relay

Oscar Pistorius given another chance to run as South Africa win relay appeal

Oscar Pistorius today expressed delight at being handed a chance to add to his medal collection after South Africa were given a place in the 4x400metres relay final on appeal.

August 9, 2012: Martyn Rooney and Jack Green of Great Britain after the men's 4 x 400 metres relay heat, in which they qualified for the final

Team GB reach 4 x 400 metres relay final with impressive run

Jack Green today lived up to his promise to show what he is capable of with a baton in his hand by helping Britain reach the final of the men's 4x400m relay.

Kenny justifies selectors’ faith with historic sprint triumph

Bolton rider beats Baugé to become first British male athlete to win two golds at last two Games

'That’s no way to perform if you’re world champion. I should do better' said Dai Greene

Greene looking for rapid improvement after scraping into final

GB track and field team captain was disgusted with his 400m hurdles semi-final performance, he tells Simon Turnbull

'That’s no way to perform if you’re world champion. I should do better' said Dai Greene

Greene needs rapid improvement after scraping into final

GB captain was disgusted with his hurdles semi-final, he tells Simon Turnbull

By the seat of his pants: Greene scraped through into 400m hurdles final

Greene makes final by narrowest of margins

As Dai Greene crossed the finish line in the London 2012 centrepiece arena last night, he clasped his hands to his face and dropped to the ground. He remained there for a good while, a picture of despair – lying on his back, his hands clasped to his head. The captain of the British track and field team thought he had blown his big Olympic chance. Only the first two finishers in the three semi-finals of the 400m hurdles were guaranteed a place in tomorrow's final and Greene had crossed the line fourth in the opening race.

August 2, 2012: Michael Phelps beats his old rival Milorad Cavic at the London Olympics to book his place in the semi-finals of the men's 100 metres butterfly

Michael Phelps books place in 100 metres butterfly semi-finals

Michael Phelps again outshone Milorad Cavic as the pair renewed their rivalry in the 100 metres butterfly.

The Qatari was ousted from Fifa for trying to buy votes while challenging Sepp Blatter for presidency of football's world governing body last year

Mohamed bin Hammam suspended by Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation accused its disgraced president Mohammed bin Hammam of bribery after an internal audit revealed fresh allegations of financial wrongdoings by the Qatari football official.

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs 'crushed by workers' on Trinidad beach

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists said.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links