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Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete's family denies he took acting lessons before taking stand

The Pistorius family has denied in the “strongest terms” the Olympian athlete took acting classes in preparation for his murder trial, following accusations the Olympic ...

Buying sex should be made illegal, says Caroline Spelman

Caroline Spelman, the former Tory environment secretary, says buying sex from prostitutes should criminalised. She also called on more male politicians to enter into a discussion on the ...

No deal for Pfizer yet, but shares in AstraZeneca leap

Shares in AstraZeneca shot up in overseas markets yesterday as it emerged that it had held talks with Viagra maker Pfizer over a £150bn merger. AstraZeneca ...

The Week Ahead: There are concerns ABF may have to cut forecasts at its sugar division

Investors will be closely scrutinising Associated British Foods’ first-half results tomorrow. There are concerns that ABF may have to slash forecasts at its sugar division after ...

Exclusive: UK regulators ‘failed’ to fully investigate firm before float

Almost six months since the delisting from the London Stock Exchange of the scandal-struck Kazakh mining giant ENRC, City regulators have been accused of failing ...

Fears over ‘feelgood factor’ as Easter shoppers stay at home

Retailers suffered a grim bank holiday despite the mostly sunny weather on what are traditionally some of the strongest selling days of the year. Industry figures ...

Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day 2014 with Rufous hummingbird and five other cute creatures

Earth Day 2014 has been marked with a collection of five animated doodles on the Google homepage, showing the Rufous hummingbird, the veiled chameleon, the ...

Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day 2014 with Rufous hummingbird and five other cute creatures

Earth Day 2014 has been marked with a collection of five animated doodles on the Google homepage, showing the Rufous hummingbird, the veiled chameleon, the ...

Postcard from... Berlin

It is being hailed as the Teutonic answer to Silicon Valley so its promoters have somewhat predictably dubbed it “Silicon Allee”. Berlin’s digital start-up scene ...

Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam

Nearly two million of the poorest families in Britain have been made poorer by a “perfect storm” of below-inflation benefit rises and changes to the ...

Children shun competition in school sport

Competitive dads across the country should brace themselves. Almost two out of three children would either be relieved or “not bothered” if the competitive element ...

John Houbolt: Engineer whose efforts ensured that US astronauts landed on the moon using a lunar-orbit rendezvous

John Houbolt was an engineer whose contributions to the US space programme were vital to the moon landing in 1969. He was the catalyst in ...

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, ITV - TV review: 'Tommy Cooper lives, but where did his early years disappear to?'

David Threlfall, the actor famous for playing deadbeat dad Frank Gallagher in Shameless, took the title role in Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, ...

Frank Sidebottom: The man behind the papier mâché mask

On any other stage, with any other performer, it would have been excruciatingly embarrassing, almost nightmarish. The song we were playing had ground to a ...

Derek Cooper: Creator of Radio 4's 'The Food Programme' who devoted his life to extolling the virtues of eating well

Derek Cooper had an immediately recognisable voice. Deep and deliberate, authoritative yet unpretentious, it invited tasty comparisons to treacle, to custard poured over a syrup ...

Syria crisis: Assad announces presidential election for June 3 - but opposition figures in exile banned from running

Syria announced on Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3, setting the stage for President Bashar Assad to win a new, seven-year term ...

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: Medals for the nurses dubbed the 'mad Englishwomen' of Belgium

Albert, King of the Belgians, was a conscientious monarch who continued with his ceremonial duties in a villa in the little seaside resort of De ...

Scottish foot- and cycle path honours John Muir, the environmentalist who helped save America’s great outdoors

He may be better known in America than in his native country, but a new national foot- and cycle path bearing the name of John ...

Good news for Britain's gardeners – spring has sprung early

Spring blooms have arrived ahead of schedule – welcome news for people who used the bank-holiday weekend to get out in their backyards after two ...

Jacques Servier: Founder of one of France’s largest pharmaceutical companies who became caught up in a drug scandal

Jacques Servier was the founder of France’s second-largest pharmaceutical group, Laboratoires Servier, who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for ...

Muriel Petch: WAAF sergeant and ‘Ops Room’ plotter at RAF Hornchurch who helped win the Battle of Britain

Muriel Petch lived to be 103 and was one of the last handful of “Ops Room” plotters who helped fight the Battle of Britain in ...

Jack Ready: US Secret Service agent who was one of the guard detail for President Kennedy on the day of his assassination

Jack Ready, a special agent in the US Secret Service, thought he heard firecrackers as the presidential motorcade made its way past Dealey Plaza in ...

Kevin Sharp dead: Celebrated country singer dies aged 43

Country singer Kevin Sharp died on Saturday from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, his website confirmed. He was 43. Sharp, best known for his hit ...

Boston marathon: Runners pay tribute to bomb attack victims

Thousands of Boston marathon runners paid tribute to those killed and injured in a bomb attack last year with a moment of silence amid heavy ...

9 best dating apps

The internet has been connecting people all over the world for twenty-five years, and online dating is becoming more and more common. If you’re looking ...

‘Tiger escape’ emergency interrupts Easter egg hunt at Shepreth Wildlife Park

An Easter egg hunt at a wildlife park near Cambridge was interrupted yesterday after a “tiger escape” alarm was triggered, apparently by a member of ...

How to make graphene using a kitchen blender

Graphene’s reputation as a miracle material is well established, but scientists may just have added another attribute to the carbon-derivative’s Top Trumps hit list: you ...

Peaches Geldof funeral: Mourners say final farewells

Stars from the music and fashion worlds came together today to pay their respects for Peaches Geldof at her private funeral in Kent. Kate Moss, ...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un tours near-complete ‘International Children’s Camp’ in Songdowon

While his country issued an official warning to the US about the “dark clouds of a nuclear arms race”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ...

Royal Tour 2014: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George photographed off-duty may spark privacy row

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George have been photographed in Australia during a day off from official engagements, in what ...

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby uses Easter message to tell of weeping families in debt, too ashamed to ask for help

The Archbishop of Canterbury warned on Easter Sunday that despite the economic recovery many families had been left “weeping” by their debts and were too ...

Didn’t she do well? Miranda Hart lined up for ‘Generation Game’ revival

For people of a certain generation, it was one of the defining shows on television. Regularly pulling in more than 20 million viewers on a ...

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter: The man who could have been champion of the world - and the Bob Dylan song that immortalised him

It was an injustice that inspired Bob Dylan to write his final furious protest song about a specific, real-life case at the height of influence ...

Exposed: the burning issue of poor fire station safety

They should be the safest buildings in the land, but there have been almost 300 blazes at fire stations in the past five years, new ...

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots vote to leave union

Gordon Brown will this week spearhead an attempt by opponents of Scottish independence to regain the momentum by warning the country would face a £1.5bn ...

Drug that wipes out vultures may cause an EU eco-disaster

Bureaucratic ignorance has allowed a drug that almost wiped out India’s vultures to be sanctioned for use in Europe – raising fears that authorities will ...

Foreign suicide bombers kill thousands and bring Iraq to the brink of civil war

A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back ...

With unemployment unlikely to fall in France, François Hollande knows his job will go too

François Hollande, deeply unpopular and shaken by another scandal, has dropped a broad hint that he is resigned to being a one-term President. “If unemployment does ...

Times are so tough in Italy that Mafiosi are considering getting jobs

Changing attitudes and a lingering economic crisis are hitting the Mafia where it hurts, say law enforcement authorities in Palermo, where a mob boss has ...

David Bailey captures another side of the Queen in birthday portrait

This portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by the renowned British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday. The photograph ...

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: When Britain tried to rule the North Sea waves

With the land war mired in a bloody stalemate, the British public was hungry for a morale-boosting naval victory. So why, people asked, was the ...

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Pictured: Skydiver, 49, who plunged to his death landing in a family's yard during an Easter egg hunt after his parachute failed

Arkady Shenker, 49, of Brooklyn, died after his parachute failed during a skydive on SundayShenker, an experienced skydiver, landed in the backyard of a New ...

Entire town duped by mother who raised thousands pretending to have cancer - and even conned her own mom

Mindy Taylor, 35, of Chillicothe, Ohio convinced her friends, neighbors, college buddies, co-workers and even her husband that she had cancerThe mother of a 7-year-old ...

You must be nuts! Parents' anger at Tesco for labelling too many products with 'may contain nuts' in over-cautious policy

Tesco labels 'butternut squash, potatoes, fruit juice' with warningIt has been accused of being over-cautious with the allergy policyOver 12,500 people have signed petition calling ...

Chelsea Lee James, the cancer patient serenaded by Beyonce, dies at age 15

By Daily Mail Repoter Published: 03:33 GMT, 22 April 2014 ...

Detroit men in court and ordered to trial for beating white motorist who accidentally hit black child

Four men have been ordered to stand trial on attempted murder chargesStephen Utash, 54, was attacked as he pulled over to check on a child ...

'I flew too close to the sun and spun out of control': Playboy fraudster jailed for stealing $20million from Hollywood A-listers reveals how his wild living and drug-fueled orgies inspired pal Leo's Wolf of Wall Street

Investment adviser Dana Giacchetto lived a life of celebrity excess in the late 1990s out of his Manhattan penthouseHe was best friends with Leonardo DiCaprio ...

Law students to be drafted in to help resolve divorce cases in shake-up of family justice system

Trainee lawyers will be there to 'hold the hands' of divorcing couplesHalf of couples divorce without lawyers as they're not eligible for legal aid Network ...

CEO of social network GitHub resigns after he and his wife are investigated for workplace harassment and bullying

Tim Preston-Werner resigned on Monday from GitHub, a programming network used to share software codesHe and his wife Theresa were under investigation for harassmentWhile internally ...

Will and Kate to enjoy romantic stroll at Uluru the 'most remote place on earth' they've ever been

By Candace Sutton In Uluru Published: 02:58 GMT, 22 April 2014 ...

Bafta-winning actress Brenda Blethyn - whose parents were a chauffeur and a maid - criticises Downton Abbey for 'glamorising' life in domestic service

Star said she knew poverty of those 'below stairs' as a servants daughter She admitted that she loved the show but it had been a ...