Voices Paul O’Grady, is best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage

He took on bigots dressed in drag  as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits

Woolwich murder trial: Armed police officer 'feared for her life as Lee Rigby accused charged towards her with machete'

One of the first police officers on the scene of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby thought she was going to die when one of the killers charged towards her waving a machete, the Old Bailey heard today.

Just thank the great cars we make (and the economy)

This country still dominates the top-end with products from likes of Land Rover, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce

Wayne Rooney says there is no pecking order with his ‘great friend’ Robin van Persie

Wayne Rooney's return to form delights Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

The England striker scored twice in the Champions League this week

Leap in new car sales fuels the rally

Britons splashed out on more new motors in August than a year earlier, in another sign of growing consumer confidence.

Jack Wilshere, Greg Dyke and an artists impression of one of the proposed stadiums in Qatar

Greg Dyke sets England target: Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FA chairman has lofty ambitions for the national team - and sets out how they are achievable

Man dies after collision with taxi in Leeds

A man has died after a car collided with a taxi shortly after it was driven off from being ordered to stop by police.

Classical review: Acis and Galatea - Handel among the hollyhocks – one of the pleasures of reaching a certain age

There comes a time in one's life when instead of switching channels when Gardeners' Question Time starts on BBC Radio 4, you find yourself soothed by discussions of wintersweet, sawfly and lousewort. Devotees of the programme will know of Iford Manor because of its garden, designed by Harold Peto to the Italian model, its terraces heavy with wisteria, its cloisters peppered with statuary from long abandoned churches. For those of us who can kill a pot of basil with a single glance, it hosts the most enchanting of the summer festivals, Iford Arts.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate keen for return to football amid speculation over England Under-21 role

The former Middlesbrough manager is the favourite to replace Stuart Pearce

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill refuses to read too much into world rankings slip and poor summer for England

The Three Lions are now 15th in the world

Former Sunday Telegraph journalist Benjamin Leapman in child porn denial

A journalist who helped expose MPs fiddling their expenses has denied a series of child pornography charges.

Neymar takes part in a training session with Brazil

Danny Welbeck talks of the 'magic that sets Brazil apart '

England will play the five time World Cup winners on Sunday

Suffolk mayor Terry Buckle drives car into Tesco Express store in Moreton Hall

Suffolk mayor Terry Buckle is recovering after accidentally driving his car into a branch of Tesco Express.

Wayne Routledge, left

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge set to be handed senior England chance

28-year-old could be only un-capped played named in squad

Brazilian-born rapper, Yuri Santos, 22, who uses the stage name, Aggro Santos, has been acquitted of rape

I'm A Celebrity... reality star Aggro Santos acquitted of rape

Former I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Aggro Santos has been found not guilty of raping two girls he had taken back to his hotel rooms after performing at gigs in Chichester and Somerset.

Jag's Vauxhall Ampera gives excellent fuel economy and low emissions

Motoring: Everton's Phil Jagielka scores a nice little green number

What sort of tasteless motor would you expect a top footballer to be cruising around in? A camouflage Bentley Continental GT like Mario Balotelli maybe, or perhaps a gold-plated Cadillac Escalade like El-Hadji Diouf? One thing is certain; you wouldn’t expect a top-flight star to be seen dead pootling around in an ultra-low emissions Vauxhall Ampera electric car.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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