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  • Police called in over drug scandal at major football club in England

    19 April 2014, 5:30 pm by: Daniel Taylor

    Police called over suspicions of regular class-A drug use Allegations involve at least one high-profile figure Continue reading...
  • Fur trade booms, fuelled by China but bubble may be about to burst

    19 April 2014, 5:15 pm by: Richard Orange

    In a Copenhagen warehouse there's a throng of Chinese buyers. For some traders, being anti-fur is one step from fascismSpace is so short in the immense warehouses where Kopenhagen Fur, the world's largest fur auction house, runs its business, that boxes of…
  • Besieged and terrified and the food is about to run out for Damascus refugees

    19 April 2014, 3:54 pm by: Martin Chulov in Kilis on the Turkey-Syria border

    Syrian blockade of Yarmouk refugee camp raises fears for 18,000 people left starving inside, with some already resorting to eating leaves and animal feedThe desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus are expected to run out of food on Sunday,…
  • Ten al-Qaida suspects and three civilians killed in Yemen airstrike

    19 April 2014, 3:32 pm by: Agencies in Sana'a

    State news agency says 13 dead in unspecified air attack Deputy governor of al-Bayda province assassinated this weekAn air strike killed 10 al-Qaida militants in central Yemen on Saturday, after an intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil…
  • José Mourinho furious at officials after Chelsea lose to Sunderland

    19 April 2014, 3:25 pm by: Observer Sport staff

    Referee Mike Dean's performance was 'unbelievable' Assistant Rui Faria dragged away from row with official Continue reading...
  • Ukip demotes Neil Hamilton as party fears over sleaze grow

    19 April 2014, 3:14 pm by: Lucy Fisher

    'Cash for questions' ex-Tory had angered Farage's party after accusing its chief donor Continue reading...
  • Inside the 'Donetsk People's Republic': balaclavas, Stalin flags and razorwire

    19 April 2014, 3:11 pm by: Luke Harding in Donetsk

    Pro-Russian militants say they have no intention of leaving their eastern Ukraine base, and insist Moscow is with themIt is part Soviet theme park, part wacky anti-western wonderland. Stuck to the barricades outside the "Donetsk People's Republic" are several…
  • Manchester United's David Moyes must face down the demonising at Everton

    19 April 2014, 3:00 pm by: Daniel Taylor

    If David Moyes is ever going to display he is suitable to manage United he really ought to be able to withstand the ill feeling that persists after his departure from Goodison Continue reading...
  • The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets

    19 April 2014, 2:55 pm by: Robin McKie, Observer science editor

    Engineers are about to blast away the top of a Chilean mountain to create a site for the European Extremely Large Telescope. It will allow us, for the first time, to directly observe planets outside the solar systemCerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock…
  • Nevada's armed militia proclaims victory in range showdown

    19 April 2014, 2:50 pm by: Associated Press in Las Vegas

    Armed supporters of Cliven Bundy, orchestrator of standoff against Bureau of Land Management, still guarding his farmTo self-described militia members sleeping in wind-whipped tents, drinking camp coffee and patrolling rocky hillsides with military-style…
  • Boko Haram claim responsibility for Abuja explosion

    19 April 2014, 2:48 pm by: Associated Press

    Islamic extremists post video admitting they carried out rush-hour bombing that killed 75 in Nigeria's capitalIslamic extremists on Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in…
  • Labour considers raising national insurance to fix £30bn NHS 'black hole'

    19 April 2014, 2:44 pm by: Toby Helm, political editor

    Drastic action needed to keep NHS in anything like its current form, says former minister Frank Field, as elderly care costs rise Continue reading...
  • Teachers vote on strike action at NUT conference as anger erupts

    19 April 2014, 2:33 pm by: Richard Adams

    Education union's conference sees some members call for a more aggressive stance, against wishes of executive Continue reading...
  • Sunderland's Fabio Borini deals huge blow to Chelsea title bid

    19 April 2014, 2:29 pm by: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge

    In pictures: the best images from Stamford BridgeFabio Borini may never eclipse this contribution as a Liverpool player. The Italian loanee edged up to the penalty, awarded harshly against César Azpilicueta eight minutes from time and with those on the home…
  • Chelsea v Sunderland - as it happened | Nick Miller

    19 April 2014, 2:29 pm by: Nick Miller

    Sunderland keep their own survival hopes alive and gave Liverpool a boost in the title race with an extraordinary 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge In pictures: the best images from Stamford Bridge Continue reading...
  • Slow-motion landslide threatens homes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    19 April 2014, 1:21 pm by: Associated Press in Jackson, Wyoming

    Hillside home splits as efforts to shore up slope cease Ground moving at 1in a day is expected to accelerateA slow-motion disaster continued to unfold in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home…
  • Get your grubby male hands off my equal rights

    19 April 2014, 1:04 pm by: Barbara Ellen

    Sexual discrimination laws are for everyone but it still jars me to see men using them Continue reading...
  • Iran state TV says dispute over Arak nuclear plant 'virtually resolved'

    19 April 2014, 1:00 pm by: Agencies

    VP: plant will produce one fifth of planned plutonium Iran says US-registered Tehran plane used by GhanaIran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice-president said on Saturday, marking…
  • Christian charity hits back over Tory attacks on food banks

    19 April 2014, 12:55 pm by: Lucy Fisher

    Praise from David Cameron for Trussell Trust at odds with Iain Duncan Smith attack Continue reading...
  • Martin Freeman interview: 'I had no interest in Fargo just being a TV version of the film'

    19 April 2014, 12:38 pm by: Andrew Anthony

    The Hobbit and Sherlock star on his new role, the Coen brothers and working with Billy Bob Thornton Continue reading...
  • Nasa's space station robot to get gangly legs for Easter

    19 April 2014, 12:33 pm by: Associated Press in Cape Canaveral, Florida

    New pair of legs means the experimental Robonaut, now stuck on a pedestal, will be able to perform chores for the human crewRobonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the…
  • Swansea City edge away from danger as Wilfried Bony sees off Newcastle

    19 April 2014, 12:18 pm by: Louise Taylor at St James' Park

    Divorce is not necessarily inevitable but the relationship between Alan Pardew and Newcastle United looks increasingly strained. Yet if a fifth straight defeat the team's ninth in 12 games can hardly have enhanced his job security, Pardew knows the afternoon…
  • Aston Villa claim valuable point from dour draw with Southampton

    19 April 2014, 12:16 pm by: Stuart James at Villa Park

    A turbulent week for Aston Villa ended with a valuable point on a largely forgettable afternoon, where the only rays of light came from the sun peering over the top of the Trinity Road stand. This was one of those goalless draws that was every bit as bad as…
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened

    19 April 2014, 12:09 pm by: Niall McVeigh

    Swansea won at St. James' Park to edge towards safety and pile more pressure on Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace earned a fifth straight league win at West Ham, while strugglers Aston Villa and Cardiff both earned home draws Continue reading...
  • Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham spot-on after Stoke's own penalty

    19 April 2014, 12:07 pm by: Joe Lovejoy at Cardiff City Stadium

    Cardiff had not gained or conceded a penalty all season, but Howard Webb put a stop to that, awarding one apiece on an afternoon that lifted the Welsh club above Fulham on goal difference but left them still precariously placed in the relegation…

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