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Arsenal sign the Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck for £16m

Late deadline-day deal will help flagging attack Champions League the key attraction for England playerArsenal sweated until beyond the final minutes of the transfer window to complete a deal to sign Danny Welbeck for £16m from Manchester United. The paperwork for the England forward was being processed with the Premier League after the 11pm deadline, which concluded a strained and curious day

Ashya Kings parents remanded in custody as judge considers extradition

Couple who removed son with brain tumour from Southampton hospital tell Spanish court they do not want to be extraditedThe parents of Ashya King, who removed the five-year-old cancer patient from a Southampton hospital during treatment for a brain tumour, are being held in separate Spanish prisons after refusing to be extradited back to Britain.Brett King and his wife, Naghmeh, can be held

Southampton complete deals for Sadio Mané and Toby Alderweireld

Mané signs four-year deal from Red Bull Salzburg for £10m Alderweireld joins on season-long loan from Atlético Madrid Falcao set to sign for Manchester United in £6m loan dealWest Ham seal late signing of Morgan AmalfitanoToby Alderweireld and Sadio Mané have completed their deadline-day moves to Southampton, who have managed to keep hold of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.At the en

Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage

Workers from McDonalds, Burger King and other chains to hold walkout protest on Thursday as battle to unionise escalatesAmericas fast food workers are planning their biggest strike to date this Thursday, with a nationwide walkout in protest at low wages and poor healthcare.The strike is the latest in a series of increasingly heated confrontations between fast food firms and their workers.

UN to send investigators to Iraq over Islamic State 'atrocities'

Jihadis and Iraqi government forces both carried out 'acts of inhumanity', says human rights commissionerUN officials are to investigate atrocities in Iraq after persistent reports that Islamic State fighters have carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale", including beheadings and other killings, forced conversions, slavery and sexual abuse. Speaking in an emergency debate on th

West Ham seal late signing of the France midfielder Morgan Amalfitano

Player has joined from Marseille for undisclosed fee He was on loan at West Bromwich Albion last seasonMorgan Amalfitano has become the ninth summer signing for West Ham United, joining the club from Marseille for an undisclosed fee.The 29-year-old midfielder, who has won one France cap, joins the recent loan acquisition Alex Song as well as other summer signings Carl Jenkinson, Enner Valen

30 most powerful women in British TV and radio named by Radio Times

Presenters and executives, including Mary Berry and Kirsty Wark, among on- and off-screen talent on list drawn up by panelBroadchurch star Olivia Colman, Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry and Newsnight host Kirsty Wark have been named among the 30 most powerful women in British TV and radio, in a list drawn up by the Radio Times.Also featured are presenter Clare Balding, and comedians

Mary Berry: I have no desire to be a centenarian

Great British Bake Off judge would rather be 'given a pill' than become a burden on her familyGreat British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has said she does not want to live beyond 90 and would like her children to be able to "give me a pill" if she became a burden to her family.The cookery writer turned TV star, 79, said she had no wish to live as long as her mother, who died aged 105, saying ve

Skin cancer hospital admissions leap by 40% in five years

Admissions to English hospitals for skin cancer rose from 87,685 in 2007 to 123,808 in 2011, new figures showThe number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer has increased by 41% in just five years, new figures show.There has been a significant rise in admissions for skin cancers, which are largely preventable, the British Association of Dermatologists said. Continue reading...

Home Office worker investigating Rotherham child abuse 'had data stolen'

Local council took data from office, accused me of insensitivity and tried to sack me, researcher claims on PanoramaA Home Office official who investigated the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham accused the council of being involved in the unauthorised removal of information from her office.Her report in 2002 suggested there were then more than 270 victims of the scandal, which was

Harry Redknapp reunited with Sandro and Niko Kranjcar at QPR

Sandro joins from Tottenham for a fee that could reach £10m Attempts to sign a striker fail to bring reward for RangersQueens Park Rangers frantic attempts to add to their options ahead of the deadline yielded the Brazil international Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur and a return to Loftus Road for Niko Kranjcar, though efforts to secure a replacement for Loïc Rémy were frustrated.Sandro joine

Stoke City agree to take Liverpools Oussama Assaidi on loan again

Late deal agreed after serious knee injury to Peter Odemwingie Winger has already spent one season on loan at BritanniaStoke City have agreed a second season-long loan deal with Liverpool for Oussama Assaidi. The club had no plans to bring in another player on deadline day but felt compelled to change their stance after Peter Odemwingie picked up a serious knee injury in the 1-0 victory over M

US Open 2014: Andy Murray turns on style to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Scot ignores New York heat to win 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 Eighth seed faces Novak Djokovic in quarter-finalsIf Andy Murray is to win the US Open, he will have to do to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday what he did to him in the final two years ago: break his heart. On the evidence of their contrasting wins in the fourth round on Monday that is not a sound betting proposition although, i

Rona Fairhead, government's choice to chair BBC Trust, to be grilled by MPs

Rough ride likely for former FT chief executive when she appears before Commons culture, media and sport committeeRona Fairhead, chosen by the government to chair the BBC Trust at one of the most critical points in the corporation's history, will face a grilling next week by MPs sceptical that she is the right person for the job.Fairhead, the former chief executive of the Financial Times and

Manchester United signings suggest little faith in youth policy

Louis van Gaals purchases signal he doesnt believe that the current crop of young, in-house players are good enough Continue reading...

Crystal Palace sign Wigans James McArthur and Tottenhams Zeki Fryers

£5.5m deal for Wigans McArthur sealed just before deadline Zeki Fryers joins for an initial £1.5m but with add-onsCrystal Palace made significant additions to Neil Warnocks squad in the hours immediately before the closure of the transfer window by securing the Wigan midfielder James McArthur in a deal worth around £5.5m and Zeki Fryers from Tottenham Hotspur.McArthur, a Scotland internatio

Kevin Sinfield retires from international rugby after 40-cap career

Englands coach, Steve McNamara, has to choose new captain Sinfield: I am sure more successful times are not far awayEngland will need a new captain for this autumns Four Nations series in Australia and New Zealand after Kevin Sinfield announced his retirement from international rugby. Sinfield, who is 34 next week, led England in last years World Cup, with the last of his 40 caps including 14

US Open 2014: Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as it happened

British No1 beats Frances Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to set up a last-eight match with top seed Novak Djokovic Continue reading...

Plebgate report shows Metropolitan police colluded to conceal truth

Case 'very worrying' says former attorney general Dominic Grieve, while top officer admits incident damaged trust in policeA group of Metropolitan police officers who were sacked over their conduct in the Plebgate affair were involved in a collusion that made it difficult to uncover the truth about the incident in Downing Street, the former attorney general Dominic Grieve has said.As the Met

David Cameron shelves move to ban British jihadis returning to UK

Political and legal opposition forces PM to back down on key elements of plan to counteract Islamic State terrorist threatDavid Cameron's plan to fight the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State got off to a stuttering start when he was forced to shelve key proposals amid legal uncertainty, Liberal Democrat objections, and even doubts within the security services. Continue reading...

Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna among celebrity victims of hacked nude photos

Lawyers for Lawrence and Kate Upton warn of prosecution over 'outrageous privacy violation' but experts say more photos likelyA series of high-profile stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Jenny McCarthy have fallen victim to one of the biggest celebrity privacy breaches in history, resulting in photographs and videos apparently showing them in the nude being widely circulated on the i

US Open 2014: Novak Djokovic beats heat and Philipp Kohlschreiber

German unable to stay with top seed and loses 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 Roger Federer faces tough test after initial cruiseIf Andy Murray is to win the US Open, he will have to do to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday what he did to him in the final two years ago: break his heart. On the evidence of their contrasting wins in the fourth round on Monday, that is not a sound betting propositio

Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán

Nearly 50 tonnes of popoche chub fish are latest incident of dead fish removed from lagoon in disastrous year for speciesMexicans are baffled at the sudden death of thousands of fish in a lake in the centre of the country, a dramatic intensification of a problem that no one has yet been able to explain.Nearly 50 tonnes of dead popoche chub fish were removed at the weekend from Lake Cajititlá

'Competing British police forces' harmed Madeleine McCann search

Relations with Portuguese authorities damaged as agencies fought to join investigation, says secret Home Office reportThe investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was hampered because British police forces competed against one another, according to the author of a secret Home Office report.Relations with Portuguese authorities were damaged as UK agencies clamoured to get invo

Greece's migrant fruit pickers: 'They kept firing. There was blood everywhere'

Last year, Greek farm guards shot at illegal migrant strawberry pickers, wounding 35. When a court acquitted them this summer, there was outrage. At the camp, where they continue to live like slaves, the workers share their storiesIs a man worth nothing when he is branded illegal? Tipu Chowdhury has spent the past 17 months wondering. The answer has not been easy. Even now, after being forced t

US calls for North Korea to free three detained Americans

State Department requests release of Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, whose health may be failing*Americans detained in North Korea appeal for interventionThe American government on Monday asked North Korea to release three Americans currently held in the communist country, after foreign media outlets were allowed to interview detainees. Out of humanitarian concern for Jef

Medical research would be 'eroded and lost' by Scottish independence

Experts fear independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds of UK funding as yes campaign says government would fill gapMore than 60 Scottish medical experts specialising in areas such as cancer, neuroscience and genetics have signed an open letter warning that their cutting-edge research would be "eroded and lost" after a yes vote in the independence referendum.The group of 65 universit

Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission

*Reptiles were part of zero-gravity research into reproduction*Geckos mummified remains suggest they froze to deathRussias space agency on Monday confirmed that five geckos, launched into space for an experiment on weightlessness and sexual behavior, have died.The federal space agency released a statement saying the landing apparatus of the Photon-M satellite had returned to earth as pla

Ajax confirm the transfer of £14m Daley Blind to Manchester United

Blind signs four-year deal at Old Trafford It is a real honour to sign, says Dutchman Interactive: how much have clubs spent?Daley Blind has joined Manchester United from Ajax for £14m. The utility player has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford and the club have an option to extend that contract for another year.Blind, who recently played under Louis van Gaal during Hollands third-plac

The new football season is kicking off but for me, the romance is long gone

I did my pre-season training, watching meaningless matches and poring over squad lists, but come September, I'm faced with the truth: I just don't care very muchTwo weeks into the new Premier League season and I've already lost interest. I'm sick as a parrot about it, too, because I desperately wanted to get into it this time.Each year on the cusp of August and September, perhaps as a residu


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