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  • Putin unveils coin marking Crimea’s annexation with his face on it
    Putin unveils coin marking Crimea’s annexation with his face on it 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    The price for a palm-sized silver coin is yet to be set. More »

  • Manchester United Scores Sponsors Despite Moyes Sacking and Dismal Season
    Manchester United Scores Sponsors Despite Moyes Sacking and Dismal Season 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    Manchester United has raked in and retained sponsors despite a dismal season which led to the sacking of its manager David Moyes. Moyes's reign as Manchester United manager was finally brought to an inevitable end yesterday after 10 shaky months in charge. Despite missing out on next season's Champions League and a guarantee that they will finish the season with their lowest points total in the Premier League, the Manchester United business is otherwise is still winning in many fields – just not the one at Old Trafford. On the subject of poor seasons, failure to win trophies and putative sponsorship deals, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish once said: "There are many ways you can judge a season and the best way is progress at the football club as a whole. More »

  • Children Found Dead in New Malden Home 'were Disabled'
    Children Found Dead in New Malden Home 'were Disabled' 2 hours 21 minutes ago

    Three children found dead in a house in London may have had disabilities, it has been claimed. The mother of the youngsters has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of their bodies in New Malden, south London. Sky News reported sources claiming they had "life limiting genetic conditions". The parents were named locally as Gary and Tania Clarence. More »

  • Richard Osman lands new quiz show
    Richard Osman lands new quiz show 2 hours 35 minutes ago

    Richard Osman has landed his own series - presenting a new quiz show. More »

  • Why too much choice is bad for us
    Why too much choice is bad for us 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    Is too much choice bad for us? Remember when jeans just came in straight leg or boot cut? T-shirts had a round necks or a v-neck, long or short sleeves, pocket or plain. More »

  • Asteroid Collisions 'Common': Scientists Record 26 Nuclear-Scale Explosions …
    Asteroid Collisions 'Common': Scientists Record 26 Nuclear-Scale Explosions … 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    The B612 Foundation, a US-based group of Nasa asteroid monitors who campaign on the issue of space protection, have revealed that 26 nuclear-scale explosions were caused by minor planets striking Earth between 2000 and 2013. The impacts were recorded by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treat Organisation (CTBTO), in which infrasound sensors capture clandestine bomb explosions. Dr Ed Lu, a former Nasa astronaut, warned that the asteroids were large enough to wipe out extensive areas on the planet, including entire cities, as the meteorites were not detected or tracked in advance by any Earth or space observatories. Presenting the organisation's findings at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Dr Lu said: "While most large asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire country of continent have been detected, less than 10,000 of the more than a million dangerous asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire major metropolitan area have been found by all existing space or terrestrially-operated observatories." More »

  • Sundance London 2014: What Films to Watch
    Sundance London 2014: What Films to Watch 2 hours 59 minutes ago

    Sundance London returns for its third year at the O2 arena this weekend, featuring the best of American independent cinema, burgeoning British talent, and live music events. A trans-Atlantic spin-off the original Sundance held in the mountains of Utah, the film and music festival will also provide the chance for audiences to pose questions to the filmmakers and view panel discussions on the major issues affecting the industry. American features to look out for include Fruitvale Station, which after debuting at the 2013 festival has finally made its way to the UK. Made by first time director Ryan Coogler, the film is based on the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by a police officer in San Francisco. More »

  • Over To Bill 'special' to Naylor
    Over To Bill 'special' to Naylor 3 hours ago

    Red Dwarf creator Doug Naylor has said that his new show, Over To Bill, is "something really special". More »

  • Top Gear 'regrets' Clarkson remark
    Top Gear 'regrets' Clarkson remark 3 hours ago

    Top Gear's producer has apologised after broadcasting a "light-hearted" joke by Jeremy Clarkson that sparked a complaint of racism. More »

  • Cassidy wants Sonia, Martin return
    Cassidy wants Sonia, Martin return 3 hours ago

    EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has said she would love to see her character Sonia Fowler's husband Martin return to the soap. More »

  • Hundreds apply for Mrs Farage's job
    Hundreds apply for Mrs Farage's job 4 hours ago

    Hundreds of British workers have come forward to challenge Nigel Farage's claim that only his German wife is capable of doing the job of being his assistant, an employment agency has said. More »

  • Dornan: I'm bored of tying up women
    Dornan: I'm bored of tying up women 4 hours ago

    Jamie Dornan has admitted he'd like to play a role which doesn't involve tying up women. More »

  • Go-ahead for green energy projects
    Go-ahead for green energy projects 4 hours ago

    Eight new renewable energy projects have been given Government contracts in a move that will increase household bills by 2%, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said. More »

  • Calls for Roche to cut price of breast cancer drugs
    Calls for Roche to cut price of breast cancer drugs 5 hours ago

    Pharmaceutical giant Roche was on Wednesday urged to cut the cost of a groundbreaking breast cancer drug that Britain's National Health Service is set to phase out in 2016. More »

  • Playing psycho tough for Norton
    Playing psycho tough for Norton 6 hours ago

    James Norton has admitted he found it a challenge getting into the mindset of a psychopath for Happy Valley. More »

  • 'Squalid' Brinsford 'should close'
    'Squalid' Brinsford 'should close' 14 hours ago

    There have been calls for a young offenders institution to be closed down after inspectors found that inmates were living in "squalid conditions" among the worst ever seen. More »

  • Ding goes down to shock defeat in world championships
    Ding goes down to shock defeat in world championships 17 hours ago

    Chinese hopes of a first-ever snooker world champion were ended for this year as world number two Ding Junhui went down to a surprise 10 frames to nine defeat by English qualifier Michael Wasley in the first round in Sheffield on Tuesday. More »

  • UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row
    UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row 18 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright. Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a victory would trigger a "political earthquake", putting UKIP in a position to win its first seats in the British parliament in 2015 and piling pressure on the three main parties to sever Britain's ties with the European Union. UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, particularly from inside the 28-nation bloc. More »

  • UKIP: The Irish are our ‘kith and kin’
    UKIP: The Irish are our ‘kith and kin’ 19 hours ago

    Irish people living in the UK are not considered immigrants by UKIP. More »

  • On This Day: First of new British decimal coins enter circulation as 5p and …
    On This Day: First of new British decimal coins enter circulation as 5p and … 21 hours ago

    The new 5p and 10p pieces – shown being produced at the Royal Mint in a British Pathé newsreel – would go on to replace the one- and two-shilling coins respectively. More »

  • Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers
    Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers 21 hours ago

    Advertisements informing people who claim they were sexually abused by TV presenter Jimmy Savile how to apply for compensation have been published in national newspapers. The compensation scheme was approved after a High Court ruling in February. Mr Justice Sales approved the scheme after an agreement was reached between the executor of Savile's estate, NatWest, alleged victims' lawyers, the NHS and the BBC. More »

  • Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, Champions League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and …
    Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, Champions League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and … 23 hours ago

    For LIVE coverage of Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, join us for all the action right here.  More »