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The captain was out in the first over

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Six Nations: New England attack must address shortage of tries

Old boys helping Stuart Lancaster turn Mike Brown, Alex Goode and Co into a Six Nations scoring machine

Chancellor should invest in Britain’s thriving creative industries, says think tank

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January floods imperilling the safety of smaller dams, which escape the scrutiny directed at the larger ones

UK dams are 'dangerously unregulated'

Unmanaged and ill-maintained water barriers put lives and property at risk, says report

Channel 4's 'The Taste': Judges Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain

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Australia v England: Michael Clarke tips opponents to compete for next year's World Cup crown

Australia captain backs England to be one of many teams in contention for success ahead of five-match post-Ashes series

Rene Farrell celebrates with her Australia teammates after claiming the wicket of Sarah Taylor in the Women's Ashes Test

Women's Ashes 2014: England rocking after dismal start to second innings in finely poised Test

Tourists lost three early wickets to finish day two on 18-3 with Australia holding a slender six-run lead overnight

Swans explore the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

UK weather: More than 200 flood warnings and alerts in force across England

River levels continue to rise despite dry weather

England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph after the fifth Test

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England captain admits lying in bed thinking about the way forward and ‘the decisions that go with that’ as debate about the leading batsman continues, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

US nuclear launch officers in charge of 'big red button' in drug use investigation

Air Force probe expands to UK air base and five more in America

Stuart Broad has been rested for the first two One-Day Internationals against Australia

Australia v England: Stuart Broad to miss first two ODI's as bowler is rested to allow recovery from Ashes series exerts

The left-arm bowler was one of very few shining lights in the Ashes whitewash defeat and will sit out the opening fixtures in Melbourne and Brisbane

Top EU official: 'UK Government immigration myths destroying the future of young people'

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Bath prop David Wilson's calf injury leaves England short of options for the France game

Six Nations 2014: Injured trio could return for Ireland match

Stuart Lancaster believes three of England's orthopaedically challenged brigade – the Northampton full-back Ben Foden, the London Irish wing Marland Yarde and the Bath prop David Wilson – may return to fitness in time for the mid-point match of the Six Nations Championship, against Ireland at Twickenham on 22 February. The head coach did not say so openly, but he would surely take Wilson over the other two at this stage of proceedings.

Media coverage of ethnic minority Britons 'promotes racism'

Poll finds 78 per cent of respondents shared deep concerns about the impact of the media's portrayal of minorities

Rolls-Royce ends talks with Finnish engineer Wärtsilä

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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