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  • I will defy the law and take up serpents, says the snake-handling preacher of Tennessee

    As beads of sweat slithered down his temples, Andrew Hamblin stared in wide-eyed wonder at the three-foot timber rattlesnake he had thrust towards his congregation. "I am a soldier in the army of the Lord," he boomed in a thick southern drawl, stomping a foot on the hardwood floor. "And the enemy...

    Monday, 25 November 2013 - 8:51am
  • Sealed with a kiss - Rupert Murdoch's Divorce

    Rupert Murdoch and his estranged wife, Wendi Deng, finalised a divorce settlement yesterday (Wednesday) before parting amicably with a kiss. The billionaire chairman of News Corporation and Ms Deng, his 44-year-old third wife, told a judge at New York supreme court in Manhattan that they had...

    Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 8:29am
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admits smoking crack cocaine

    The mayor of Toronto yesterday (Tuesday) admitted to smoking crack cocaine during a "drunken stupor". Rob Ford, who has spent the past six months refusing to comment on reports that he was filmed using the drug, finally confessed during a press conference. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,"...

    Wednesday, 6 November 2013 - 8:55am
  • John F Kennedy's brain stolen by brother Robert to conceal medication details at time of death, says author James Swanson

    In End of Days: The Assassination of John F Kennedy, Swanson claims that an inquiry ordered by the then attorney-general, Ramsey Clark, indicated that Robert Kennedy - himself later assassinated - was to blame.

    Monday, 21 October 2013 - 8:36am
  • Hillary Clinton returns with attack on 'scorched earth' Republicans

    At a rally in Virginia on Saturday night, the former secretary of state warned that the Republican Party's Right wing was determined to "hijack this great experiment" of America.

    Monday, 21 October 2013 - 9:16am
  • Brake mystery of Canada's runaway train

    Ed Burkhardt, the chairman of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, said that on parking the train for the night, the engineer had shut down four of the five locomotive units, leaving one running to power the brakes. Somehow, the fifth locomotive was also shut down.

    Tuesday, 9 July 2013 - 7:54am
  • Mississippi candidate's 'body was burned in gay murder'

    Marco McMillian, a 33-year-old management consultant who was campaigning to be mayor of the city of Clarksdale, was found dead near a levee on the Mississippi river last week.

    Friday, 5 April 2013 - 8:46am
  • John Kerry - Obama's new head boy

    As John Kerry, America's new secretary of state, arrives in London, what does his appointment mean for Anglo-US relations - and for peace in the Middle East? Peter Foster and Jon Swaine report from Washington.

    Monday, 25 February 2013 - 2:49pm
  • Obama rejected pleas from colleagues to arm Syrian rebels

    US defence secretary Leon Panetta disclosed that he and the Pentagon supported a proposal by Hillary Clinton, before she stood down as secretary of state last week, to supply rebel forces with weapons.

    Friday, 8 February 2013 - 10:06am
  • US using Tony Blair's defence to justify drone killings

    In a classified memo, the US cites the 2004 remarks made by Lord Goldsmith, then Blair's attorney general, on why Britain's right to defend itself should include the ability to take pre-emptive military action.

    Wednesday, 6 February 2013 - 9:28am