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Mountain peaks in the Bernese Alps protrude above a hazy layer of air as scientists have uncovered strong evidence that beginning in the 1860s, soot sent into the air by a rapidly industrialising Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps. Photograph: University of Colorado/PA Wire

Top climate scientists will blame mankind more clearly than ever for global warming next week but may struggle to drive home the message in a report t(...)

Seamus Coleman and  James McClean in action during Republic of Ireland training at Malahide. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Robbie Keane will lead an all-out assault on Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night in an attempt to make a decisive breakthrough in the Group (...)

Protesters hold red hands up as US secretary of state John Kerry speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A US Senate committee approved limited US military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a contentious debate in the full Senate next week o(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  in Stockholm today. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama said today he hoped Russian president Vladimir Putin would change his position of opposing military action against military tar(...)

A second bid of around €35m for  Wayne Rooney has been turned down by Manchester United. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney is prepared to take on Manchester United and issue a formal transfer request to try to force the club to change their mind and allow him (...)

Sing out sisters

The most beautiful song ever written about love and loss is Emmylou Harris’s From Boulder to Birmingham. Written just after the death of her beloved G(...)

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and manager David Moyes watch Tottenham Hotspur play South China FC at the Asia Trophy tournament. Photograph: Getty Images

David Moyes says that Manchester United are “taking stock” regarding a third offer for Cesc Fabregas after Barcelona announced that the midfielder wou(...)

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You might well be asking why this Swedish thriller is arriving in a cinema near you, well behind the curve as far as Swedish TV exports are concerned (...)

Greenpeace demonstrators climb the Shard building, in central London. Greenpeace said  the six women  were protesting against drilling for oil in the Arctic. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain’s tallest building have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, Scotland Yard said tonight. Th(...)

The Ecuadorian embassy where Julian Assange has been living following refusal of  his appeal against extradition to Sweden on sex charges. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Drenched in summer sunshine, shoppers hurried to and fro on Sloane Street outside Harrods in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge. Little seemed out of pla(...)

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