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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fernando Torres receives warm welcome ‘home’ from Atlético Madrid fans

• ‘I always hoped it would be ‘see you later’ not goodbye’

• Diego Simeone says Torres is not returning as a saviour

Torres to join Atlético on loan until 2016

“Ever since 24 July 2007, we have all been waiting for this moment,” the Atlético Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, said. “This is not just any day, this is a very important day: Fernando Torres has come home.” Torres sat a few metres away in the front row of the directors’ box at the Vicente Calderón while through the glass doors the stands filled.


By the time Torres stepped outside and on to the pitch, wearing No19, there were 40,000 inside the ground. They were loud too. 24 July 2007 was the day Torres left Atlético Madrid for Liverpool, before moving to Chelsea for a record £50m fee. This summer he joined Milan on loan but it did not last long: 10 games and one goal later he departed. Seven and a half years after leaving home, he is back.


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Net us pray: churches should install Wi-Fi, says Andrew Lloyd Webber

Cats composer and Tory peer says government is looking at ways to help churches become centre of community again

The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has urged churches across the country to be fitted with Wi-Fi in a bid to make them a more integral part of the community.


The musical theatre writer also gushed about the star of his recently revived West End show Cats, the singer and former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, in a magazine interview.


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For a Second Time, Police Officers Gather for the Funeral of an Officer Killed in an Ambush

On Sunday, police officers lined the streets around the Aievoli Funeral Home in southern Brooklyn, to lay to rest Officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed alongside his partner last month.

















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Edward W.

Edward W. Brooke III, a Massachusetts Republican—and, in 1966, the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote—died in his home yesterday morning. Brooke is also the only black senator to have ever won re-election. He was 95.


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Convincing Creationists Of Climate Change, Ctd

In an interview with Guernica, Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Evangelical, discusses why attempts to reconcile faith and science can’t always take the long view: Here’s the thing: if you can frame climate change as an alternate religion, or as one more of those issues where the pointy-headed liberal atheist scientists are trying to […]



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Yeovil Town v Manchester United: FA Cup – live!

Myanmar Returns to What Sells: Heroin

Over the past decade, poppy cultivation and the opium it produces have flourished as poor farmers turn to the profitable crop.





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Farage: NHS should not hire doctors who ‘don’t speak very good English’

Ukip leader says GPs’ English language skills are ‘something people out there are talking about’

Ukip would like to get rid of doctors who “don’t speak very good English”, Nigel Farage has said.


The Ukip leader said the poor English language skills of some GPs was “something that people out there are talking about”, despite all NHS doctors having to pass a language test.


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Germany expects potential new Greek government to abide by bailout terms

Merkel spokesman comments on reports that chancellor believes eurozone would survive Grexit amid Syriza’s lead in pre-election polls

The German government expects Greece to stick to the terms of its EU/IMF bailout agreement in the event of a change of government in Athens after the 25 January election, a spokesman for Angela Merkel has said.


However, spokesman Georg Streiter declined to comment on a report in Der Spiegel magazine that said Merkel’s chancellery had shifted its view and now believed the eurozone would be able to cope with a Greek exit if necessary.


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Australia bushfires: two missing and homes destroyed - video

Two people are missing and dozens of homes have been destroyed after bushfires continue to sweep through parts of southern Australia. Some local residents were physically restrained from returning to try to save their homes while others returned to find their houses destroyed. Hundreds of fire-fighters have been battling the fires which may continue for another week Continue reading...





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Police hunt for suspect in baby kidnapping and shooting of three others

Officers found two men and one woman, the three-week old baby’s mother, with gunshot wounds Saturday night in California home


Police are searching for a man suspected of shooting three people inside a Southern California home and taking a three-week-old baby.


The Long Beach Police Department says officers responding to a call of a shooting just before 6 pm Saturday found two men and one woman, the baby’s mother, with gunshot wounds.


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Could an Animal’s Name Save It from Extinction?

Taxonomists name a new snail after the cement company that holds its fate



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Woven Wonders

In a review of the Met’s exhibition Grand Design, Anthony Grafton extols the virtues of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, the tapesty artist whom “everyone who was anyone in the sixteenth-century art world liked.” He particularly praises Coecke’s depictions of the Apostle Paul: When Coecke depicted the martyrdom of Saint Paul, he made the setting modern—starting […]



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Funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu sees police gather in Brooklyn


  • Police from across US attend Buddhist ceremony at funeral home

  • Liu was shot dead with partner Rafael Ramos two weeks ago



Thousands of uniformed police officers from across the country were expected to attend the funeral on Sunday of a New York Police Department officer shot dead with his partner in their patrol car two weeks ago.


Buddhist monks will lead a Chinese ceremony for Officer Wenjian Liu, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain. The funeral follows a somber wake the day before as mourners lined up for blocks on a cold, rainy day to pay their respects.


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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, including Apple Howling Morris dancing to the Harbin Ice and Snow festival.


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In New York City, a Toll Is Newly Felt as Asians Rise in the Police Ranks

Asian-American officers have recently been in the middle of a series of wrenching incidents involving the New York Police Department, testifying to a surge in their ranks.





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Bank of England minutes to lift lid on global financial crisis

Details of Bank’s inner workings and discussions amid the 2007-2008 crisis to be published this week following calls for greater accountability


The inside story of the Bank of England’s response to the financial crisis will be revealed this week when the details of meetings which took place at the height of the crisis are published for the first time.


In response to pressure from the Treasury select committee, Threadneedle Street will take steps to show its inner workings by publishing the minutes of meetings of its court, which is akin to board of directors.


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Anzhi Makhachkala footballer Gasan Magomedov shot and killed in Russia

• Young midfielder died from wounds after machine-gun attack on car

• Club says no arrests made and motive for attack is unclear

Gasan Magomedov, a 20-year-old footballer for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, has been shot and killed near his home in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus.


In a statement, Anzhi said Magomedov had been driving near his home on Saturday night when his car was hit with machine-gun fire. He died from his wounds while being transported to hospital. No arrests have been made and the motive for the attack is unclear.


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Mike Huckabee ‘exploring’ running for US president in 2016

Former Arkansas governor who competed for Republican nomination in 2008 says he is quitting Fox News show

The former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has said he is leaving his weekly Fox News show so he can explore a 2016 US presidential run.


Huckabee, who competed for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, announced his decision to leave the show on Facebook, then bid his viewers farewell on his final show on Saturday night.


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The Way Time Heals

Hilary Mantel revisits C.S. Lewis’s classic meditation on the death of his wife, A Grief Observed, noticing the way it refuses to elide the complexities of loss: Mechanical efficacy is attributed to the passage of time, but those in mourning know how time doubles and deceives. And though, in Britain, self-restraint is said to have […]



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Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace: FA Cup – live!

Pope Francis names 15 new cardinals from across globe

Appointment of cardinals from Asia and Africa reflects growth of church as pontiff schedules February meeting to discuss reform of curia

Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals from 14 nations, including Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, reflecting the diversity of the church and its growth in Asia and Africa.


Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. Another is form Sicily, where the Church in recent decades has been galvanising public rejection of the Mafia.


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Nigel Farage goes teetotal for January

Ukip leader says ‘it does us all good to have a break now and then’ as he quits drinking for a month

Nigel Farage will not be swilling pints on the campaign this month, as he has temporarily given up drinking.


The Ukip leader is regularly pictured in the pub with a glass of ale but he will now be having a dry January in common with thousands of others who have made New Year resolutions to give up the booze.


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David Cameron twice refuses to rule out Ukip coalition

Prime minister declines to answer whether he would align with Ukip as Nigel Farage also refuses to rule out deal

Both David Cameron and Nigel Farage have refused to rule out a deal between the Conservatives and Ukip after the next election.


The prime minister was twice asked whether he would ever align with Ukip in a coalition on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, but each time dodged the question. Cameron said he would not comment on any potential coalition combinations before the election.


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Pope Picks 15 New Cardinals to Reflect Diversity

Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals, selecting the "princes of the church" from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand and Myanmar.

















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