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

The day the music died: how British acts fell out of the pop charts

The only UK representative in last week's Top 10 was Kent's Lauren Bennett on LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem'

Leading article: Bringing the music revolution home

The news that British artists have suffered their worst showing in the six-decade history of the UK singles chart will come as no surprise to students of post-war history. The Americans invented popular music, both as an industry and as a cultural phenomenon, but by the 1960s it had become an Anglo-American enterprise, with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who among the most popular bands on the planet.

Small Talk: In the era of the cloud, Telecity has every chance to fly

Telecity has long been a favourite of stock market speculators. The company runs vast data centres where companies can house their telecoms, internet and IT infrastructure, and is often mentioned as a possible target for a bigger peer looking to expand its footprint in this lucrative sector.

England 2018 bid official makes Jack Warner accusation

The former chairman and deputy chairman of England's failed 2018 World Cup bid have told The Times that they refused a request from FIFA vice-president Jack Warner to fund the construction of an education centre in his native Trinidad.

How a 17-year reign of terror ended

Delroy Grant eluded police for decades as detectives hunted a sexual predator dubbed the Night Stalker.

DNA profiling used to track rapist

Investigators tracking the Night Stalker used cutting-edge techniques to try to build a picture of the man from his DNA.

Stoke keep faith with misfiring Jones

Kenwyne Jones has been backed to rediscover his goalscoring touch as he seeks a first goal in nine matches in tonight's visit of West Bromwich Albion.

Dead gunman 'in access battle over child'

A gunman who shot himself dead after an overnight stand-off with police may have been locked in a battle to get access to his child.

David Cameron offers invitation to Jack Warner

Prime Minister David Cameron has telephoned FIFA's vice-president Jack Warner to invite him to lunch in an effort to boost England's hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Fuller and Jones bring Reds revival to a halt

Stoke City 2 Liverpool 0

Whitehead gives Stoke much-needed victory

Stoke City 3 Birmingham City 2

Aircraft cuts will dent our plans, warns BAE

BAE Systems has warned that its growth in 2010 will be weaker than expected following the Government's review of defence and security spending. The company plans to work with the Ministry of Defence to address the implications of the changes, but said it anticipated some modest impact on the performance of its UK business this year. It has also reduced its financial planning assumptions for the following years.

Two men convicted in JFK bomb plot

Two Islamist militants were found guilty yesterday by a federal jury of plotting to bomb John F Kennedy International Airport. Russell Defreitas, 67, a US citizen born in Guyana, and Abdul Kadir, 58, of Guyana, conspired to blow up buildings, fuel tanks and pipelines at the airport in the New York City borough of Queens.

Small Talk: WorldSpreads bets on popularity with online gamblers

It's 2am. You've been out and had rather too much to drink and you want to carry on into the small hours. There are of course a number of online options available, some of them you might not want to share, but increasingly, people that find themselves firing up the laptop and turning to international currency markets, and financial spreadbetting.

Rosie Purves: Staff nurse who fought racism in the NHS

For seven years the black staff nurse Rosie Purves was abused by a white mother who did not want a black nurse looking after her child, who had cystic fibrosis.

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