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

Police fear 'night stalker' has struck again

Detectives fear Britain's most wanted serial burglar and sex attacker may have struck again.

Alice Munro wins Booker International Prize

Short story author Alice Munro was announced as the winner of the third Man Booker International Prize today.

Obama's host dies from 'flu-like symptoms'

The White House says that Barack Obama is "highly engaged" in monitoring the swine flu outbreak that has spread over the border from Mexico into the US – and well he might. For a while, the President's doctors feared that he may have come closer than almost anyone in the country to contracting the virus.

Lust: TV star accused of sexual harassment

The television saga <i>Lost</i> is spawning a saga of its own in the courts as one of its top stars is accused of sexual harassment, reports Richard Osley

Patrick Manning: A civil society means allowing people to govern themselves

If we are to realise the full benefits of good governance, we must act on the principle that governments must govern, not in their own interest but first and foremost in the interest of the people. Additionally, it must be recognised that if we are to realise the maximum potential of our democracies, we ought to act on the principle that in the best interest of the people, the people must themselves have their say.

SXSW Blog: Summing up the festival

Most talked about artist – Janelle Monae. She is a truly unique artist - her futuristic songs, her wild pompadour hair, and most of all her MOVES. That girl is "in character" the entire time she plays. Garth Trinidad was an early champion of her music. If there is one must-see artist coming out of the fest, it’s Janelle.

On the Front Foot: Scientists on a roll with findings but could face a pitch battle

One of the enduring images of cricket wherever it is played, and to whatever standard, is of an old boy sitting on a roller. He rolls and rolls, letting the world go by, until he has produced the perfect pitch.

The Ten Best Batting Collapses

There is an unstoppable momentum about the great collapses in Test cricket. They become inevitable and like runs on banks can be triggered by the smallest incident: one thing leads to another.

Armitage brothers pumped up for Six Nations opener

Steffon Armitage admitted his heart was pounding after being called up for England alongside brother Delon for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy at Twickenham.

Sunderland determined to keep Jones despite Tottenham bid

Ricky Sbragia is determined to build his Sunderland team around Kenwyne Jones after rebuffing Tottenham's latest approach.

My life in travel: Nicky Campbell, TV presenter

'Japan was so clean, you could eat your sushi off the floor'

Leni Gas & Oil to buy back its own shares on the cheap following the credit crunch

Leni Gas & Oil, the AIM-listed energy producer, is planning to buy back one-fifth of its shares next year.

Pietersen wants Stanford Series to be over

England captain Kevin Pietersen insists his players will be honest about their health for this weekend's $20m showdown after a warm-up victory disrupted by illness.

Middlesex run ragged by Ramdin's late assault

Middlesex 117-8 Trinidad & Tobago 122-5
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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