Ryanair attacked a plan to force carriers to switch passengers to other airlines after a 12-hour delay

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European Commission says resent rules could threaten 'financial survival' of airlines

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Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink warns his side about Newcastle hunger

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Newcastle United will adopt a winning mentality in Europa League against Anzhi Makhachkala

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Album: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler Symphonies 1-10 (RCO Amsterdam)

Though by no means an inveterate traditionalist, I admit to regarding televised opera with some suspicion until recently.

The yacht ordered by the late Steve Jobs and designed by Philippe Starck

Steve Jobs's yacht impounded as designer presents €3m bill

A gleaming minimalist super-yatch built for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam amid what was said to be a dispute over an upaid bill to the  designer Philippe Starck.

Assistant referee kicked to death by teenage players

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Shock after linesman dies following brutal attack while officiating youth match in Dutch league

Three teenagers arrested in connection with incident

Tim Visser has yet to taste defeat as a Scot

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Tim Visser has a message for those who automatically assume he will instantly provide the answer to Scotland's lingering try-scoring problems at Murrayfield on Sunday. "I'm not the saviour," said the giant Dutch-born wing, who will make his home debut for his adopted country in their opening autumn Test against the All Blacks. "I can't just score tries from nothing. I live off what other people do. It all comes from a very complete team."

Amsterdam's cannabis cafes will remain open to tourists, city's mayor says

Tourists visiting Amsterdam will not be banned from using the city’s famous cannabis cafes, its mayor has said. Eberhard van der Laan believes that changing the law would lead to more crime.

The Netherlands: 'Weed pass' plan is axed

The new government has scrapped plans for a national "weed pass" that would have been available only to residents, and would have effectively banned tourists from Amsterdam's marijuana cafés.

Silva hamstring injury adds to City's worries over slow start in Europe

Manchester City will travel to Amsterdam this morning for their crucial Champions League match without their Spanish midfielder David Silva, with manager Roberto Mancini having selection dilemmas in defence and up front.

Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva

David Silva hamstring injury adds to Manchester City's worries over Europe

Maicon and Garcia also miss trip to Ajax where Mancini's side must kick-start campaign

City councillors have derided the work of Marketing Edinburgh after they were presented with its new slogan: “Incredinburgh”.

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Edinburgh is having trouble with its tourism branding. City councillors have derided the work of Marketing Edinburgh after they were presented with its new slogan: "Incredinburgh". The city was expecting a major rebrand, but Marketing Edinburgh has been forced to delay its plans, reports the Edinburgh Evening News, after officials called the proposed slogan "twee" and "appalling".

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