Niel Aveyard

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Curiosity rover's discovery of methane ‘spikes’ fuels speculation of life on Mars

Nasa’s rover measures fluctuations of gas not easily explained by geology or organic material dropped by meteorites<p>Nasa’s robotic rover, Curiosity, has detected fluctuating wafts of methane on Mars, fuelling speculation that the gas may be coming from a form of life on the red planet.<p>An instrument …

Iraqi army to raid ISIL fighters' 'hub'

<b>Baghdad -</b> Multiple fronts, opened by fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in addition to a serious shortage of weapons and equipment, may force the Iraqi government to re-prioritise and give up more towns in Anbar province in order to gain control of Salahaddin, Iraqi …

David Cameron: Nothing can justify 'appalling' attack in Pakistan

David Cameron says "there is not a belief system in the world that can justify such an act" after the Taliban massacred children at a school in Pakistan<p><b>Prime Minister David Cameron</b> described the scenes as "horrifying", while Labour leader Ed Miliband said it was "appalling" that <b>schoolchildren</b> …

Mean streets of South America shape the world's best strikers

The top four players on the Goal Transfer List all hail from South America, with their tough upbringings giving them an edge lacked by more formally trained Europeans<p><b>COMMENT</b><br>By Peter Staunton<p>Earlier this season Arsene Wenger explained why he pursued Luis Suarez in 2013 before turning his attentions …

Russell Brand compared to a 'school bully' by RBS employee after protest outside bank

The City worker, who introduces himself as Jo, hits back at Russell Brand for his protest outside Royal Bank of Scotland<p>Russell Brand has been described as a "puerile, self-aggrandising, prancing multimillionaire" for his protest outside Royal Bank of Scotland, in an excoriating blog post written …

Pakistan school attack: political rivals agree anti-terrorism plan

We’re going to bring this blog to close for now. Here’s a summary of the latest developments:<p><b>The first funerals of the 148 victims of an attack on a military school in Peshawar have taken place as Pakistan began three days of national mourning.</b> More details have emerged about those killed including …