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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has been withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed

Norwich's Anthony Pilkington withdraws from Republic of Ireland squad

Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has been withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed.

Paul Schraner asked for a large FA Cup bonus to be included at the expense of his basic salary as 'it was in my mind the club might do something special in the cup'.

Paul Scharner: 'It was in my mind that Wigan might do something special in the FA Cup'

Scharner rejoined the club on loan from Hamburg in January

Five climbers killed after Mayon volcano erupts in Philippines

More than a dozen injured in first major activity in three years

US's Danny Pate, Britain's Bradley Wiggins and Italia's Dario Cataldo of Sky Procycling Team compete during the 14,1 km Team Time Trial at the Giro del Trentino

Cycling: Sir Bradley Wiggins trails in preparation race for Giro d'Italia

Sir Bradley Wiggins was more than six minutes off the lead after the opening stage of the Giro del Trentino.

Great ski getaways: SkiEurope, St Anton and Les Menuires

The end of the ski season is imminent ... but the snow is still falling and there are deals to be snapped up. All the below fly out from the UK in the next fortnight and get you a week on the slopes for under £400, excluding equipment and lift passes.

Justin Bieber's monkey quarantined in Germany

A German official says Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after arriving in the country last week without the necessary papers for the animal.

The ski market is on an upward slope

It's been another year of great snow

Ireland player Jonathan Walters looks dejected at the end of Ireland's 2-2 draw with Austria

Giovanni Trapattoni insists Republic of Ireland are still in hunt for 2014 World Cup qualification

Austria scored a late equaliser last night to dent their chances

Giovanni Trapattoni, the Republic of Ireland manager, has opted for Derby County striker Conor Sammon to replace the injured Robbie Keane

World Cup qualifiers: Republic of Ireland v Austria match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium

Zaha, who opened the scoring for England, steals the ball

Wilfried Zaha versatility important for England U21s says Brian Eastick

Wilfried Zaha can provide England Under-21s with a different dimension as a lone striker, according to coach Brian Eastick.

Gina Rinehart, the mining tycoon, inherited her wealth, valued at £11bn

Britons least likely to get a windfall

New study suggests people in UK inherit less than anyone else in the developed world

A boy writes ‘Jud’ (Jew) on a building in Vienna in 1938

Over half of Austrians think the Nazis would be elected if the party was readmitted to politics

75 years after Hitler annexed country, poll reveals worrying views about banned party

Roman Hagara takes lead in Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Oman

British Olympian Leigh McMillan is second

Film review: Natascha Kampusch’s eight years in captivity – distilled into 111 minutes of cinematic brutality in 3096 Days

Austrian schoolgirl was abducted in Vienna in 1998 and held for eight years in a cellar before she escaped in August 2006

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle

Randy Lerner warned Paul Lambert to expect tough season at Aston Villa

Manager was made aware of tight budget before accepting Villa Park hot seat

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there