Sport Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Binge drinking in early pregnancy raises risks

Damage may be done in first three months, new research finds

Moody linked to England cricket job

Tom Moody has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the new England coach and admitted he would "look at anything".

Leading article: Making life worth living

A remarkable new German film, Nordwand, (North Face) tells the extraordinary story of the tragic German-Austrian attempt to make the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1936. The four climbers perished. Their leader, the heroic and youthful Toni Kurtz, died of exhaustion, suspended from a rope just 15 ft away from rescue.

Eliès back on dry land as Davies moves into 8th

As the rescued Yann Eliès is delivered still injured but safely back to Fremantle, Western Australia today (Monday) by the Australian navy frigate HMAS Arunta, British solo sailor Sam Davies had resumed racing and had, geographically, moved up a place to eighth in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race.

Trail Of The Unexpected: Christmas card

From Lent (the Netherlands) to Trinity Peninsula (Antarctica) via Jesus Island (Quebec), Christianity can take you around the world – to islands where it is Christmas every day: one in the Pacific Ocean, the other in the Indian Ocean.

On the Front Foot: Middlesex are caught in the middle of a right muddle

There is something faintly ridiculous about the Twenty20 Champions League.

Iron Man: Move over Murdoch - Australia has a new super-tycoon

For Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, it's the boom that has rocketed him to the top of Australia's rich list. For droves of former teachers, tradesmen and nurses, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make their own fortunes. In the desolate iron mines of the Outback, Kathy Marks joins the new – and surreal – gold rush

Britons bid to blow away world speed record

Two Britons are preparing an attempt to smash the world speed record for a wind-powered vehicle.

Living in the danger zone: the last stand in town toxic

Thousands of deaths have been linked to the asbestos mine at Wittenoom, the site of Australia's worst industrial disaster. Kathy Marks finds out why the eight remaining residents are determined to stay put

Australia and New Zealand in winter: a photographer's guide

Peter and Hannah Bills explore Australia and New Zealand. Giving us a glimpse of breath-taking landscapes and sites during a colder time of year

The 5-minute Interview: Rob Swire, Musician

'My parents thought I'd end up busking on the streets as a hobo'

The Big Kahuna: Tim Winton's new novel explores why the young heed the call of the surf

Talking to Tim Winton, one of Australia's most lauded contemporary novelists, isn't like talking to other writers. While his conversation ranges, typically enough, across the seminal writers who have influenced him – Twain, Stevenson, Wordsworth, Faulkner – there's also much conversation devoted to less typically writerish pursuits: surfing, swimming, wave breaks and reefs.

Howard Jacobson: The heart has its allegiances, to places as well as people. And a country is both

I think the recent suggestions about introducing oaths of fealty are fatuous, but then again I don't

Xstrata reveals merger talks with Vale are 'ongoing'

Xstrata has revealed its merger talks with the Brazilian rival Vale are still on, despite rumours last week that the negotiations had hit an impasse. This comes as the mining giant posted a 13 per cent bump in profits in 2007, and predicted its business would not be significantly damaged by a slowdown in the US.

The Great White Queen of the Never-Never

The Edwardian anthropologist Daisy Bates thought the Aboriginal people of Australia were a dying race. Her views were less than enlightened, but by a strange twist of history, her research is now being used as evidence on their behalf
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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
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The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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