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Kevin Pietersen has cheekily offered to play against England for the Australian Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, saying he is keen to replace Mike Hussey, who has a calf injury.
“In the Prime Minister’s game on Wednesday, Mr Michael Hussey’s missed out. Jeez, I fancy that,” Pietersen said on the microphone while playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.
At least 19 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, with some reports suggesting a young girl of about 10 was the source of the explosion.
The powerful blast rocked the city’s Monday Market on Saturday at about 12.40pm (1140 GMT) while packed with shoppers and traders.
The path is well-trodden: from a tough housing estate in a western city, through a scruffy, colourful, traffic-choked capital 3,500 miles away, on to one of the country’s religious schools, and eventually into a violent extremist organisation.
The journey has been made by thousands of young western Muslim men over the two decades or more that contemporary Islamic militancy has posed a deadly international threat. Many are converts, including some of the most wanted militants today. Some are followers, rather than leaders. Some are already committed to an extremist agenda, even if they have yet to act. Many return with a dogmatic, sometimes hate-filled, world view, but remain non-violent. Others return with the skills and contacts necessary to implement their, or their new leaders’, ambitions to kill and maim.
Chris Woakes is keen to continue his death-bowling role for England at the World Cup despite the return of the senior bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Woakes, the Warwickshire all-rounder, is the only England player to have taken two six-wicket hauls in one-day internationals, with a memorable six for 45 against Australia in Brisbane four years ago and six for 47 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele last month. Anderson and Broad missed that series in Sri Lanka through rest and injury respectively, allowing Woakes to bowl the crucial final overs.
In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he was seriously considering a third run for the White House.
It represented a dramatic shift for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, after months of insisting his career in politics is over.
When England last played Wales in Cardiff two years ago, they badly missed Ben Morgan and they will be without the Gloucester No8 again when they open the Six Nations campaign in Cardiff next month. The 25-year old was carried off during Friday night’s Premiership victory over Saracens with a broken leg that will put his place in the World Cup squad in jeopardy.
Morgan, who was treated for five minutes on the pitch and given oxygen after he caught his left leg awkwardly in a tackle when he had picked up from the back of a scrum, is understood to have had an operation on Saturday. He is unlikely to play again this season and if he does not make it back he would have the target of playing in England’s pre-World Cup friendlies in August.
Before England left for Australia Peter Moores said he did not know his strongest team for the World Cup but three days after the team’s arrival it appears he has settled on a new opening partnership of Moeen Ali and Ian Bell.
Alastair Cook’s removal as captain before Christmas left England’s World Cup plans in a state of flux, with the strategy devised four years ago jettisoned weeks before the start of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Radical Conservative plans to make it much more difficult for workers in key public services to go on strike have been slammed as a “democratic outrage” by trade union leaders.
Industrial action in health, education, transport and fire services will only be possible with the support of at least 40% of all eligible union members under new measures which will be included in the Conservative manifesto.
Search for pair swept out to sea turns into recovery mission after overnight operation in severe weather is called off
Two men in their 20s who are missing at sea feared dead are believed to have got into difficulty after one tried to rescue the other.
The search for the men off the coast of Brighton turned into a recovery mission on Saturday morning, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency saying there was “no chance of finding them alive” after an overnight operation by rescue crews in severe weather.
American-led forces have launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria since Friday, all but one of them near the contested city of Kobani, the US military said on Saturday.
The strikes near Kobani hit two large Isis units and destroyed 15 of its fighting positions, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. They also destroyed an Isis building and one tactical unit, it said.
Chris Martin scored his 18th goal of the season as a single goal from Derby proved enough to beat promotion rivals Ipswich at Portman Road.
Derby leapfrogged their opponents into second place after Martin capitalised on indecisive defending by Tommy Smith to inflict a first defeat in 13 league matches on Ipswich, who ended the game with 10 men.
Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.
The Seminole County sheriff’s office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10pm on Friday and is being held at the John E Polk correctional facility. The facility’s website said Zimmerman was scheduled for a court appearance at 9am on Saturday.
Je suis Charlie. Nous sommes Charlie. La France est Charlie.
Under the banner of Tous Unis! (All United!), France’s Socialist government has called for a show of national unity after three days of bloodshed that were felt as a direct blow to the republican values of liberté, egalité, fraternité.
Hayat Boumeddiene, linked to jihadi killed by police in Paris supermarket raid, described as armed and dangerous
After three days of bloodshed that has left 17 people dead, French security forces are desperately searching for the former partner of one of the three Islamist gunmen killed by police.
Hayat Boumeddiene, described by police as armed and dangerous, is the ex-girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who died on Friday evening when heavily armed elite forces stormed a Jewish supermarket in northern Paris where he was holding at least 15 people hostage.
Le CRIF et la communauté juive de France souhaitent rendre hommage à la mémoire des victimes de la tuerie de l'HyperCacher de Vincennes.
Seoul and Washington insist exercises are defensive in nature, but they are regularly condemned by Pyongyang as rehearsals for invasion
North Korea has offered to suspend nuclear tests if the US cancels its annual military drills with South Korea.
Through its official KCNA news agency, Pyongyang called on Washington to “contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula” by temporarily suspending the military exercises in South Korea “and its vicinity”. It said the message had been passed to American authorities through “a relevant channel” on Friday.
The “survivors’ issue” of Charlie Hebdo will also be sold outside France next week because of the massive world attention for the satirical weekly following the massacre of its top staff.
The remaining employees of the publication are putting out the special edition next Wednesday, which they say will have one million copies printed instead of the usual 60,000 – a turnaround for a publication that just a week ago was on the brink of folding.
We presume that men are simple sexual machines and that, when it comes to sex, their pleasure is something we can see. The truth is more complicated
Faking it, according to our hackneyed sexual folklore, is what men do on the streets and women do in the sheets. But if you’ve ever had sex as a man or with one, chances are you’ve found out that’s not entirely true. In a 2010 University of Kansas study, 25% of men surveyed were found to have faked an orgasm. On average, that means men are more likely to fake an orgasm than inflate their height on a dating site (22% according to a Cornell/WM study) or inflate their salaries in an online dating profile (most add 20%, according to OkCupid’s own stats analysis).
So what are the reasons that men give for pulling a Meg Ryan? According to the Kansas study, the primary reason men fake orgasm is actually to avoid upsetting the person with whom they are having sex when it turns out they can’t orgasm at all. Men give several reasons for why they can’t, when they can’t (which are similar to what women say when surveyed): exhaustion, stress, alcohol or other drug consumption. Throw performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction into the mix and a man’s inability to orgasm has far more to do with them than it does with you.
How a telephone call set off a cascade of FBI investigations, secret plea deals and lawsuits from Palm Beach, Florida, to Buckingham Palace as questions resurface over whether the disgraced financier used his wealth and power to elude justice
The desperate woman who telephoned Detective Michele Pagan of the Palm Beach police declined to give her name and would not leave a call-back number. But she had some information that she had to tell someone.
Her stepdaughter, a 14-year-old pupil at Royal Palm Beach high school, had told a friend that she’d had sex with a middle-aged man who gave her money.
George Zimmerman, America's chosen mascot for the reasonable use of lethal force, was arrested in Florida late Friday night on suspicion of domestic violence and aggravated assault with a weapon, again . At a court hearing Saturday morning, a judge granted Zimmerman a $5,000 bond.