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

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The Prime Minister had a good week, but the murmuring of leadership challengers is always audible

Afghanistan: The hokey-cokey strategy

On eve of Obama's surge, Brown aims to convince voters he has a plan for withdrawal. Handover 'could begin by end of 2010' – but PM is set to commit 500 more troops

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Money will help poor nations before Copenhagen treaty comes into force

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Gordon Brown proposed a new global fund today to "kickstart" the Copenhagen climate change process and encourage poorer countries to start cutting greenhouse gas emissions immediately.

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19-year hunt is 'biggest case in history of the Metropolitan Police'

2,000 DNA tests in hunt for 'night stalker'

Detectives hunting Britain's most wanted serial rapist-burglar have obtained more than 2,000 DNA samples from suspects, it emerged today.

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Lara hints at return to West Indies set-up

West Indies batting great Brian Lara is prepared to come in from the cold and join other Caribbean cricket legends in rescuing the game in the region ahead of the winter tour of Australia.

Trescothick flies home as stress returns

Somerset opener leaves Champions League in India after recurrence of illness

Outclassed Somerset need favours to survive

Trinidad & Tobago 150-9 Somerset 106

The Last Word: Please put this 'clown' Jack back in his box

Having to suck up to Warner is why England should never have bid for 2018 World Cup

Five UK sites on 'watch list' of endangered monuments

Graveyards in Edinburgh which house the remains of some of Scotland’s greatest historical figures, from Adam Smith to David Hume, are in urgent need of a makeover, according to a charity dedicated to preserving historic monuments.

Delon Armitage: 'I'm glad Quins were caught. They deserve everything they get'

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Britons attacked with machete in Tobago

A British couple remained in hospital today after being seriously injured in a machete attack in Tobago, the Foreign Office said.

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