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Column: Mother's Day memories – the challenges, fears and joys of bringing up baby
‘I would steal daffodils for my mother from the neighbour’s garden. I’d fill my hands with the stems until I could hold no more and run all the way home, longing to please the most important woman in my life.’
Column: Living for love, dying because of hate – the rising tide of homophobia in Africa
Jean-Claude Roger Mbebe died an untimely death last week, after his family allegedly prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment. He had been previously been convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” and imprisoned.
Column: Let's talk about sex (maybe)
Why does sex education in schools address so little about real-life relationships, sexuality, and the practicalities of obtaining contraception?
Column: "They put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow it off"
Miriam Isaura López Vargas was a mother and housewife going about her daily business when she was grabbed off the street by soldiers, tortured and raped. She is just one of the many caught in the crossfire between Mexico’s police and drug gangs.
Extract: The strikers and scabs of the Dublin 1913 Lockout (photos)
During the 1913 Lockout in Dublin, tens of thousands of workers became involved in the most severe industrial dispute the country has ever seen. A new book of essays, edited by Franics Devine, shows how the dispute led to riots, bankruptcy and death.
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text of the speech given by Michael Noonan to the Dáil, as prepared in advance of delivery.
Champion-littered Spanish cycling team 'not the favourites' for world title
Spanish coach Jose Luis de Santos believes his team, containing Alberto Contador, will play third fiddle behind Belgium and Italy.
Rio 2016: Favela dwellers face eviction as Olympic highway is planned
“Our government wants to act like Robin Hood, but the other way around,” says one resident, “take from the poor to give to the rich.”
Dani Pedrosa dominates the field to win the Indianapolis MotoGP
The Spaniard started the race in pole position and never looked back.
La Liga: Real Madrid begin title defence with draw at Bernabeu
Gonzalo Higuain put the league champions ahead but Jose Mourinho’s men wasted a host of scoring chances.
Quadruple amputee completes icy swim across the Bering Straits
Frenchman Phillippe Croizon braved near-freezing temperatures to swim the 4k stretch that links America and Asia.
Le Clos encounter: School-dodging pupil earns a dance date with Gold Medallist swimmer
It took a lot of glitter, cardboard and sticky-back paper but Melanie Olhaus’ poster charmed the returning South African hero.
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake to go head to head... on the cricket field?
The Sydney Sixers are looking to add some Jamaican gold to their line-up after the Melbourne Stars approached the 100m sprint champion
No room for Quade Cooper in Australian squad to face All Blacks
Berrick Barnes has been rewarded for his exemplary form against Wales and starts at fly-half.
Olympic walking champion booted out of games after failed drugs test
“I wanted to be stronger for this Olympics, I was wrong,” said the Beijing 2008 gold medallist Alex Schwazer, from Italy.
Bradley gears up for USPGA defence with Bridgestone WGC victory
The American poured in a 15-foot putt on the last to dash the hopes of compatriot Jim Furyk and clinch a spot at the Ryder Cup.
Finger lickin' good: Draft pick Davis Kentucky fries Tunisians
The New Orleans Hornets have snagged a decent player for the new NBA season.
Winning start for Newco Rangers after extra-time win over Brechin City
All McCoist’s men technically pulled off a shock by defeating their opponents from Scotland’s Second Division.
Controversy reigns in judo competition as judges overturn winning decision
Cho Jun-Ho of South Korea thought he was through to an Olympic semi-final. He was wrong.
'World' Baseball Classic loses reigning champions Japan over money wrangle
We’ll be rooting for Cuba in 2013.
Former Republic of Ireland international Sean O'Driscoll to coach Nottingham Forest
Don’t pack up your commentators’ microphone just yet Roy.
Double standards: Australian women's basketball team fly economy as men travel business class
The Sports Minister in Oz has called for a review after outcry over gender inequality in Olympics build-up.
End of the road for Nurburgring? Famous German track veers towards administration
Sebastian Vettel says it ‘would be an embarrassment’ not to race at the track, which is in danger of going bust.
Lorenzo back on the winning track with dominant performance at Italian MotoGP
The Spaniard overtook pole sitter Dani Pedrosa at the second corner and sauntered to victory.
Gavin Henson signs with London Welsh while Danny Cipriani trains with Sale
The Wales centre is surely at the last chance saloon but would be well advised to avoid the spotlight.
Luis Suarez included in Uruguayan Olympic football squad
The striker’s new coach, Brendan Rodgers, may not be too pleased that one of his star players will miss Liverpool’s pre-season.
Fukushima accident a 'man-made' disaster
The Fukushima accident was a man-made disaster caused by a culture of “reflexive obedience”, a new report says.
Apple settles $60m Chinese iPad trademark case
The US technology giant was involved in a long-running dispute over the iPad trademark in China, but the court said it was resolved “in a satisfactory manner”.
Google glasses take a dive
Google tested its new eye wear with a skydive, streaming live video during the jump.
Cyber attacks lead to €64 million stolen from banks
A newly released joint report by Guardian Analytics and McAfee said the operation was led by criminals attacking cloud-based servers in a global fraud campaign.
Lara disqualified after caddy tries to hide an extra club in the bushes
Anything much happening at the BMW International Open today?
PGA Tour: Ace Mathis takes Travelers lead
Padraig Harrington opened with a one-under-par 69, five shots off the lead after day one of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Wales on salvage mission against Wallabies
The Welsh have had a week to reflect on their devastating last-kick defeat to the Australians in Melbourne last Saturday.
Hungarian ref admits Ukraine goal blunder
The official said that after the game he “realised straight away that we made a mistake”.
Protest at pen of Kiev's prognosticating porker
Funtik the pig is one of a number of apparently “psychic” animals vying to assume the mantle of Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the results of the German team in the last World Cup.
No talks between Bayern and Guardiola - agent
Jose Maria Orobitg said that “five or six big clubs” had been in touch about the prospect of hiring Guardiola as manager.
Mayor of Bydgoszcz asks UEFA for minute's silence to remember James Nolan
Rafal Bruski appeals to UEFA, as Irish tricolours are flown throughout the city to mark the death of the 21-year-old.
Johnny Hoogerland back for Tour de France
Hoogerland had 33 stitches inserted to close deep gashes in his leg after he was hit by a car on the ninth stage last year.
Pacquiao: WBO ruling restores faith in boxing
The WBO said it could not overturn the result of the fight or ask Bradley to surrender the belt, but that it could authorise a rematch.
Sound familiar? Ben Arfa told coach to send him home - report
“Hatem you don’t need to be ringing your family in here!” Blanc reportedly told the Newcastle midfielder after the defeat to Sweden.