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Friday's gossip column

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:46
Chelsea target Raphael Varane, Jose Mourinho to be offered new deal, Van Gaal to be replaced by Ancelotti, plus more.

People not talking to each other

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:43
Does being glued to our phones prevent conversation?

Quiz of the week's news

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:37
Which Disney character is getting a live-action makeover?

VIDEO: Inside the FBI's massive gun vault

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:36
The FBI's vault of historic and rare guns features weapons used by John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and other famous gangsters. It also holds is a key component in solving crimes

VIDEO: Warning over UK's defence future

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:30
The former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of Nato, General Sir Richard Shirreff, has warned that it is "questionable" whether the UK could still defend itself - and may not meet its commitments under the Nato treaty - as a result of cuts to defence spending.

Time 'right' for Indian Wells return

Thu, 2015-03-12 15:27
World number one Serena Williams says she never believed she would end her Indian Wells boycott after crowd abuse in 2001.

IS 'accepts' Boko Haram's allegiance

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:51
Islamic State accepts a pledge of allegiance from Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram, according to an audio message purportedly from IS.

'England progression not sole focus'

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:31
England 2015 chief Debbie Jevans wants the hosts to reach the World Cup knockout phase but says it's not essential for the event.

Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:23
A late Romelu Lukaku penalty gives Everton victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Dodds sets out the DUP's demands

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:16
The Westminster leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party says an Ed Miliband government would have to offer a European referendum in exchange for the support of his in the event of a hung parliament.

Huddersfield 22-0 Castleford

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:14
Huddersfield Giants recorded their second win of the season as they impressively saw off in-form Castleford Tigers.

Trio of historical piers up for sale

Thu, 2015-03-12 14:08
Three well known English and Welsh piers are put up for sale for a collective price of £12.6m.

UKIP tries to broaden its appeal

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:56
UKIP, which once seemed bomb proof, appears to have reached a plateau in the polls and is trying to broaden its appeal.

Armitstead's Olympic and road ambition

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:56
Britain's Lizzie Armitstead says the road world title is her main aim this season, with the Rio Olympics firmly in her sights too.

Destiny shocks at Bafta games awards

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:55
Bungie's Destiny takes the top prize at 2015's British Academy Game Awards, despite failing to win other categories it was nominated in.

VIDEO: Nasa films biggest solar flare of 2015

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:37
Nasa cameras have captured images an X-class flare, the strongest category of Sun storm possible, and they are the first of its size in 2015.

Obese dachshund drops 44lb on diet

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:35
A miniature dachshund from Ohio loses more than 75% of his body weight after being put on a diet-and-fitness regime by his new owner.

Cheltenham set for Gold Cup showpiece

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:10
AP McCoy rides Carlingford Lough as a sell-out crowd in excess of 65,000 prepare for his final Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Abuse claims 'ignored by police'

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:03
South Yorkshire Police knew hundreds of young girls were making claims of sexual abuse in Sheffield but did not act, a former police officer has alleged.

RNLI rescuers given bravery award

Thu, 2015-03-12 12:57
Three RNLI crewmen who saved two men cut off by a tide are among "exceptional" people honoured at the annual St David Awards in Cardiff.

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