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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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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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