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Deadly toll in Afghanistan heaps pressure on Brown

Three 18-year-olds on their first tour of duty named among the six killed on bloodiest day of fighting against Taliban

Six fallen British soldiers named

Six British soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan during a bloody period of fighting were named today.

Celebrating diversity: Nuclear families? Not us!

Mum, Dad and 2.4 children? Our domestic affairs are far more varied than ever before, with only 36 per cent of us living in traditional units, compared with 52 per cent in 1971. Love, though, is the common bond

Hunt’s double beats Coventry and keeps Reading in hunt

Reading manager Steve Coppell hailed his side after they started “a big month” with a 3-1 Championship win over Coventry. Daniel Fox gave Coventry a deserved early lead with a terrific free-kick but a brace from Noel Hunt and a Kalifa Cisse strike saw the Royals record a vital win.

Relief in sight after cold snap snowfall

Weather forecasters predict the cold snap will ease today after heavy snow in some parts.

League round-up: Mariners ship late goal but Newell draws comfort

Two new managers installed at struggling League One and Two sides, Paul Lambert, the former Celtic midfielder, and Mike Newell, late of Luton Town, saw creditable performances that gave an indication of the problems at Colchester United and Grimsby Town, but also hinted at their solutions.

Cancer battle for Horsfield

Former Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom striker Geoff Horsfield has revealed he is suffering from testicular cancer.

Liverpool hold fresh Barry talks

Liverpool are believed to be involved in new talks with Aston Villa to settle the future of England midfielder Gareth Barry.

Barry could play in Intertoto

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is considering playing want-away skipper Gareth Barry in Saturday's Intertoto Cup clash with Odense BK at Villa Park.

League round-up: Holdsworth goal leaves Leeds hoping for mercy from tribunal

An independent tribunal to consider the validity of a 15-point penalty imposed on Leeds by the Football League gets under way in London today, and after last night's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield, Gary McAllister's team have even more reason to hope for a positive outcome.

Fox looks to Pearce for help in the hunt for caps

Daniel Fox has said he could barely have wished for a better mentor than the England Under-21 coach, Stuart Pearce.

Brian Viner: Netball perfectly positioned to pass on higher skills

Netball, though one of the nation's most popular participation sports, occupies only marginally more space than mountain unicycling in the back pages of our national newspapers.

No Pain, No Gain: Why restaurants are such an appetising prospect

Eating out is becoming a national obsession, with spending in restaurants continuing to grow at a remarkable rate, according to the Office for National Statistics. So it is perhaps not altogether surprising that the restaurant star of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio has served up another scintillating set of figures.

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