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Amir Khan calls for Mayweather fight after victory

Amir Khan has called for his next fight to be against Floyd Mayweather after his unanimous points victory over American Chris Algieri in their welterweight bout in New York.

Amir Khan won his welterweight bout against American Chris Algieri Credit: Reuters

The Bolton fighter said: "Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it".

"I think I've proven myself and who else is out there for Floyd..Nobody?"

"Manny Pacquaio didn't really show what we thought he was going to show..but I think I do know exactly what to do in that fight", he added.

Neville: Football stars should unite against corruption

Football stars including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should show a "united force" and wield their power against corruption amid the ongoing Fifa scandal, former England footballer Gary Neville has said.

Former Man United defender and England coach Gary Neville Credit: PA

Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, Neville said he normally believed players should "stay out of the politics of the game".

"However this is about players wielding their power against corruption. I would expect management committee members of PFA' s around the world to demand to know what could be done to ensure that the voice of the players was heard."

He added: "I am not suggesting that players should go out on a limb by going on strike, but Fifa and Blatter would be nothing without the players. "It would need to be a co-ordinated and united force".


What is a 'reasonable' excuse for a late tax return?

HM Revenue and Customs has reportedly waived a £100 fine for people who have a "reasonable" excuse for filing their tax returns late.

Its website states that a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline is "normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation" and includes:

  • The recent death of a partner
  • An unexpected stay in hospital
  • Computer failures
  • Service issues with the tax authority's online services
  • A fire which prevented the completion of a tax return
  • Postal delays

North London pub fight leaves pensioner critically ill

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A 72-year-old man has suffered "life threatening head injuries" following reports of men fighting outside a pub.

Scotland Yard is appealing for information after officers discovered two men injured outside the North Star Public House in Swiss Cottage, north London, yesterday.

Officers were called shortly before 10.45pm and discovered the pensioner had sustained life threatening head injuries, police said.

He was taken by ambulance to a north London hospital where his condition is critical.

A man in his 40s was also taken to hospital for treatment to "non-life threatening head injuries," Scotland Yard said.

A police spokesman said: "At this early stage officers believe that an altercation may have taken place inside the pub and continued on the street outside the venue."

Obama declares storm hit Texas disaster zone

At least 21 people are dead and dozens more missing after the storms. Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for parts of Texas that have been hit by devastating storms and floods this week, killing at least 21 people.

The statement from the White House said the declaration would open up federal funds to assist residents, businesses and governments reeling from the major disaster to help rebuild.


Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond guilty over bar fight

Actor Dustin Diamond, most famous for his role in 'Saved By The Bell'. Credit: Ozaukee County Police/APTV

Dustin Diamond, one of the stars of 90s TV series 'Saved by the Bell', has been found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

He had pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, plus two lesser misdemeanours - carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Diamond,38, who played the character Screech on the popular 1990s show, said some people had wanted to shake his hand and pose for photos at the bar, but that others were badgering him and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz.

He said he was trying to scare bar patrons in Port Washington after his girlfriend was punched in the face.

"I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes," he said.

Witnesses testified that Schutz pushed one woman at the bar and grabbed another woman's hand, initiating the incident. Schutz also faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

Nimrod axe created 'intelligence risk' to Trident subs

The flight deck of an RAF Nimrod. Credit: PA

Russian submarines are likely to have gained "valuable intelligence" on the UK's nuclear deterrent since the scrapping of the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, key RAF figures have warned.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, five retired senior officers warned that Britain's lack of submarine hunting aircraft has given the chance for "intruders" to snoop in territorial waters and potentially track Trident missile carrying Vanguard-class nuclear submarines.

The officers said:

Without maritime patrol aircraft surveillance, opportunities for intelligence-gathering by such 'intruders' can only prejudice the security and effectiveness of our strategic deterrent.

Indeed, it would be surprising if valuable intelligence had not already been acquired by the Russian Navy since the Nimrod force was grounded in March 2010.

– Letter to the Daily Telegraph

HMRC waives late tax return £100 fine

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People who filed late tax returns have been let off a £100 fine for missing the deadline, it has been reported.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has waived the penalty for those who provided a "reasonable" excuse for being late, according to the Daily Telegraph.

An internal memo leaked to the newspaper revealed that HMRC staff were asked to write off the fine without further investigation for individuals who could show mitigating circumstances, and who appealed after paying their tax bill.

The January 31 deadline for completing tax self-assessment forms was reportedly missed by 890,000 people.

A HMRC spokesman told the Telegraph: "We want to focus more and more of our resources on investigating major tax avoidance and evasion rather than penalising ordinary people who are trying to do the right thing."

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