Chris Smalling eager to let his football do the talking as he looks to move forward with both club and country

There are a few impatient sighs from Chris Smalling and, eventually, a request that verges on a frustrated rebuke. “I think we should just talk about England now,” the Manchester United centre-half says. “That’s quite a lot on that, isn’t it?” “That” is his injury-disrupted 2016/17 season, and – more pointedly – Jose Mourinho’s rather barbed comments on it, as ...

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Filipino Muslim saves 64 Christians from execution by Islamist militants

A Muslim man has been hailed as a hero in the Philippines after he hid 64 Christians from Islamist militants hunting them on the Filipino island of Mindanao. A group of heavily-armed gunmen from the Maute, stormed the city of Marawi on the island last week and have been engaged in fierce fighting with the Filipino army.  The group which also calls itself the ...

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Bill Cosby's defence attack accuser's credibility in cross-examination at trial

On day three of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, the comedian’s defence team attempted to paint his accuser’s testimony as inconsistent and their relationship as consensual – even romantic. Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the former head of the women’s basketball program at Temple University, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Ms Constand is the only one of more than ...

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Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Trump

A pair of Democrats in Congress are drafting up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, saying that the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey constitutes an obstruction of justice. Texas Representative Al Green, who has been one of the most outspoken proponents of impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump, was joined by California Representative Brad Sherman in announcing the ...

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law jailed for hacking chef's computer

Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law has started a six-month prison sentence for computer hacking as part of a bitter feud with the firebrand celebrity chef which has lasted the best part of a decade. The spat between the outspoken and profane restaurateur and former business partner Chris Hutcheson has been played out in very public settings, including courtrooms and the news pages. ...

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James Comey's testimony proves Trump obstructed justice, says senior legal analyst

Former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared statement to Congress establishes that Donald Trump obstructed justice, a senior legal analyst has claimed.  Toobin. Mr Comey is set to testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he is expected to disclose new details about whether Mr Trump attempted to pressure him into dropping an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael ...

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Diamond ring bought for £10 at car boot sale fetches £656,750 at auction

A diamond ring which was purchased at a car boot sale for £10 has been sold for £656,750 at auction. The cushion-shaped jewel was expected to fetch up to £350,000 when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, but in the end was snapped up for close to twice that amount. Named the “Tenner”diamond, the ring was originally ...

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Let all festival-goers test their drugs before they take them, say public health experts

Festivals should let revellers test drugs before they take them to prevent unnecessary deaths this summer, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has said. The call for large live music events to provide safety-testing facilities as standard comes after some of Britain’s biggest festivals promised to offer drug-testing tents for the first time this year. Stronger substances and lack ...

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Police dog Finn stabbing: Boy detained

A teenage boy who stabbed a police dog and wounded his handler has been sentenced to eight months’ detention. PC Dave Wardell and German shepherd Finn were attacked by the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, in Stevenage in October. Finn suffered life-threatening injuries. The 16-year-old from London was found guilty of causing PC Wardell actual bodily ...

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set for showdown talks with Arsenal this week with Liverpool ready to swoop

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract next summer (Picture: Getty) Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to sit down with the Gunners this week to decide on his future at the club. The England international is out of contract next summer and Arsene Wenger’s side are yet to hold formal negotiations with the midfielder’s representatives. Jose Mourinho issues £60m transfer ...

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