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Sensational bunker shot wins $1M - 6 hours ago | populair

Up until Sunday, Matt Kuchar had been the PGA Tour's "nearly man" this more

Messi rescues Barca's title hopes - 6 hours ago | populair

It was far from vintage Barcelona, but it was enough to keep alive the Catalan club's dwindling hopes of retaining the Spanish league more

Golf: Lightning can't stop Westwood - 8 hours ago | populair

It's been a while between celebrations for Lee Westwood, but the English golfer feels he is regaining the form that took him to the top of the world more

Writing on the wall for Liverpool - 12 hours ago | populair

The writing was on the wall for Liverpool -- and those words from a Hillsborough memorial service inspired the club to take another step closer to a first English title since more

F1: Hat-trick for Hamilton - 19 hours ago | populair

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday as his teammate Nico Rosberg clung on to his lead in the world championship title more

Can sonar find MH370? - 1 day ago | populair

Even the latest technology faces major hurdles in finding the missing plane's more

Donald takes charge at RBC Heritage - 1 day ago | populair

Luke Donald leads the way with 18 holes to play at the RBC Heritage tournament in South more

Defeat dents Chelsea title hopes - 1 day ago | populair

Jose Mourinho suffered his first ever home defeat in the English Premier League as Chelsea slumped to a 2-1 loss to bottom side Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on more

Fed to play Stan in Monte Carlo final - 1 day ago | populair

Roger Federer set up an all Swiss final at the Monte Carlo Masters after beating an injured Novak Djokovic in the semifinal on Saturday. read more

F1: Hamilton grabs pole in China - 1 day ago | populair

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton stormed to his third pole position in four races at qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday. read more


CEBR raises forecast for UK growth - 5 hours ago | world

Economy expected to grow by 3.1% this year and there may be scope for modest tax cuts before election, says forecasterBritain's economy will grow by 3.1% this year after a turnaround in household fortunes, but trade and austerity challenges still lie ahead, a forecasting group has said.The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said a rise in disposable incomes, business investment and a construction sector boosted by a buoyant housing market would all accelerate the economic recovery in 2014. Continue more

Father of UK teenager killed in Syria implores his other sons to return - 7 hours ago | world

'If you see this interview, please, please come home,' says Abubaker Deghayes in first detailed interviewA Brighton father of six has made an emotional plea to his two remaining sons to return home from Syria after one was killed by sniper fire and another was shot in the stomach during a battle in the north-west of the country.Speaking for the first time in detail about his three sons' decision to join jihadi groups fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Abubaker Deghayes, 45, said: "Amer, Jaffar, if you see me or this interview please, please come back home. Enough. This war has taken away Abdullah already I'd like to see you live longer." Continue more

Councils sit on £67m in emergency help for poor - 9 hours ago | world

Record numbers of families have pleas for help rejected even though councils in England are failing to spend allocated cashA fledgling scheme to provide emergency help to the poorest in the country is in chaos, with £67m left unspent and record numbers of families being turned away.Figures released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that by the end of January councils in England were sitting on £67m of the £136m that had been allocated to local welfare schemes. Half of local authorities had spent less than 40% of their funds. Continue more

Ukraine shootout threatens to bury Geneva peace deal - 10 hours ago | world

Kiev ridicules claims by Russians that violence at Slavyansk checkpoint was caused by far-right Ukrainian nationalistsAn international agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine was all but shredded on Sunday after a shootout in the separatist town of Slavyansk in which three people were allegedly killed.Three days after the Geneva deal brought modest hopes for a resolution to the gravest east-west stand-off since the end of the cold war, the midnight incident at a checkpoint in which some reports said as many as five people were killed unleashed a torrent of accusations and counter-accusations that bodes ill for international peacemakers. Continue more

Food banks see donations surge after being criticised by Mail on Sunday - 11 hours ago | world

Number of Trussell Trust donors jumps after article accuses charity of failing to run proper checks on food parcel claimantsBritain's biggest food bank provider has seen a surge in donations following a Mail on Sunday article criticised the charity for failing to run proper checks on people claiming food parcels.Before the article there had only been about 250 public donations since the Trussell Trust launched its JustGiving page in late January. But as of late yesterday afternoon, the number of donations had jumped to over 2,000, worth more than £19,000. Several donors cited the Mail article as the reason for making a donation. Continue more


Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao live! - 9 hours ago | sports

All the action from the La Liga match as it happensEmail your thoughts to nick.miller.casual@theguardian.comOr tweet them @NickMiller79 Continue more

Saracens win but Newcastle Falcons claim potentially vital bonus point - 9 hours ago | sports

Newcastle 18-23 Saracens Falcons lose again but late try could prove crucial Continue more

Sport picture of the day: apocalypse now - 9 hours ago | sports

The backdrop to this image is quite spectacular apocalyptic even. Indeed, the colours look like they belong in Turner's epic work Goldau - although the Ajax and Zwolle players in the foreground seem underwhelmed Continue more

Philippe Gilbert holds on for victory in the Amstel Gold Race - 10 hours ago | sports

Gilbert made his break three kilometres from home Jelle Vanendert was second, Simon Gerrans third Continue more

London Irish fightback too late as Northampton finally end losing run - 10 hours ago | sports

Northampton 36-21 London Irish Saints take 29-0 lead before Irish launch counter-attack Continue more


Nigerians don't care about economy - 1 week ago | populair

Nigeria woke up on Sunday to a brand new economy, apparently. read more

Yellen Says Fed Will Continue to Bolster Economy, Markets Cheer - 2 weeks ago | populair

The Federal Reserve will continue to bolster the U.S. economy, Fed chief Janet Yellen said on Monday, given the halting pace of the recovery and a still moribund job market.In some ways, labor conditions are tougher now than in any other recession, she said at a speech in Chicago.    read more

Americans Bummed About the Economy, CNBC Survey Shows - 3 weeks ago | populair

Despite two quarters of strong growth ending 2013, Americans' views on the economy remain depressed with only the slightest improvement compared to a year ago, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.    read more

Equitable Life rewards stalwart customers with 25% payout increase - 3 weeks ago | economy

Rebuilt insurer also removes exit fee, but denies 'paying policyholders to leave'read more

Npower's 'bill shock' for thousands of vulnerable customers - 3 weeks ago | economy

Bills not sent for 14 months or more to those on economy tariffread more


Lego the Hobbit review perfect for playing with less experienced gamers

Middle Earth gets another Lego makeover, this time based on the first two films in Peter Jackson's trilogy Continue more

Nintendo Pocket Football Club review Football Manager without the fuss

This stripped-down take on a popular genre dispenses with team talks, press briefings and transfer battles Continue more

Trials Fusion review emphasis on user-created tracks

More from RedLynx's brilliant motocross trials, with rewards for players who tackle home-made levels Continue more

Peugeot RCZ-R: car review

'I don't approve of people who talk about cars as sexy. But I may have to make an exception' Continue more

One in three Android apps on non-Google stores are malicious, study finds

Research by Opswat suggests as many as a third of apps on unofficial app stores contain malicious code Continue more


Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists

Muslim cleric Musa Cerantonio, the third most liked person by western jihadists in Syria, called for assassination of US politicians Continue more

Google is building up a digital superstate, says German media boss

Mathias Döpfner, head of Europe's largest newspaper publisher, says internet search engine is abusing market dominance Continue more

Revealed: the radical clerics using social media to back British jihadists in Syria - 5 days ago | world

Academic study points to radical preachers cheerleading western Muslims in fight against Bashar al-AssadTwo radical Muslim clerics have been identified as influential online cheerleaders for fighters seeking to topple the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in a pioneering academic study published on Wednesday. Continue more

U.N. slams Thai case against media - 6 days ago | populair

A criminal defamation case against two journalists in Thailand is set to proceed this week, despite calls from the United Nations and prominent rights groups for the charges to be dropped amid concerns over press freedom more

Sajid Javid: media not to blame for Maria Miller's resignation - 1 week ago | world

New culture secretary tell's BBC Question Time that public was right to judge his predecessor for getting her expenses wrongThe public was right to judge Maria Miller for getting her expenses wrong and her resignation cannot be blamed on the media, Sajid Javid, the new culture secretary, has said.Javid, who stepped into Miller's role on Wednesday, defended media freedom and the right of the press to investigate wrongdoing by politicians and officials in his first appearance as culture secretary on BBC's Question Time. Continue more


International Space Station takes special Easter cargo from SpaceX ship - 14 hours ago | science

SpaceX delivery capsule containing food and spacewalking gear was captured by ISS's robot arm 260 miles above Egypt Continue more

The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets - 1 day ago | science

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 system Continue more

George Smoot: We mapped the embryonic universe - 1 day ago | science

The Nobel-winning scientist who proved that the big bang created the cosmos Continue more

Nasa's space station robot to get gangly legs for Easter - 1 day ago | science

New pair of legs means the experimental Robonaut, now stuck on a pedestal, will be able to perform chores for the human crew Continue more

SpaceX launches Nasa cargo bound for International Space Station - 2 days ago | science

Private spaceflight company tests new rocket technology and launches supplies from Cape Canaveral in Florida Continue more


Surge in deaths of environmental activists over past decade, report finds - 5 days ago | world

Investigation by Global Witness reveals there were nearly three times as many deaths in 2012 than 10 years previouslyThe killing of activists protecting land rights and the environment has surged over the past decade, with nearly three times as many deaths in 2012 than 10 years previously, a new report has found.Deadly Environment, an investigation by London-based Global Witness documents 147 recorded deaths in 2012, compared to 51 in 2002. Between 2002 and 2013, at least 908 activists were killed in 35 countries with only 10 convictions. The death rate has risen in the past four years to an average of two activists a week, according to the report, which also documents 17 forced disappearances, all of whom are presumed dead. Continue more

Kosovo restaurant bears: castrating one to save them from captivity– video

Wild bears are still exploited in central Europe, taken from the wild as cubs and often kept in appalling conditions. Patrick Barkham travels to Kosovo, where the Four Paws charity has rescued bears kept in cages at restaurants as entertainment for diners. They are now being cared for at a sanctuary, where vets hope to treat the physically and mentally scarred bears, and where one is castrated to prevent him from breeding and perpetuating the problem of bears in captivity• Warning: some images may upset viewersread more

Australian companies accused of jeopardising conservation in Indonesia

WA mining firm to fast-track development of ‘high-potential’ holding bordering on Sumatra’s crucial Leuser ecosystemA trio of Australian companies have been accused of making decisions that could hamper attempts to protect Indonesian rainforests where threatened species, including elephants, tigers and orangutans, live.Western Australia-based mining firm Prosperity Resources has been granted a 41,000-hectare area to explore for gold and copper on the edge of the prized Leuser ecosystem in more

Shark cull policy in Western Australia faces fresh challenge from Greens

Party brings in private member's bill to tackle an environmental exemption it dismisses as a 'cynical PR exercise' The Greens have launched the latest attempt to stop the trapping and killing of sharks in Western Australia, putting forward a private member’s bill that would halt the cull program.The Senate bill would alter the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act so the government could not offer an exemption for the purposes of using drumlines to catch more

100 years ago: March hare madness

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 23 March 1914The madness of the March hares is about at its height. In the meadow, where half-a-dozen of the graceful animals are gathered, there is continuous action. The females are disturbed from their browsing by the advances of the males; they skip away to avoid attention, and are chased; they turn, twist, double, sprint, leap. Sometimes it is the male coursing the female; at others, losing her temper, the pursued turns and, rising on her long hind legs, smartly boxes the ears of the too persistent swain, who flies to avoid the blows. Occasionally the fights are a little more serious, when two males dispute the right to woo one female; there is then some serious kicking of long muscular hind-legs. The entire performance is a mixture of healthy exercise, exuberant play, ardent love-making, and an occasional trial of skill in a boxing bout. We call it madness. Suppose a number of hares were allowed to be spectators at a modern ballroom, tango tea, or carnival, how would they describe the behaviour of these strange creatures who call them mad?read more