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Attwell always fourth official this week, says Premier League

The Premier League have insisted that referee Stuart Attwell has not been dropped for this weekend's top-flight programme following Saturday's controversial match at Anfield.

Kaniskina sheds tears of joy as Russians dominate 20km walk

Olympic and world champion Olga Kaniskina burst into tears after leading a Russian sweep of the medals in the women's 20km walk at the European championships yesterday.

New Saints to break new ground against Anderlecht

Anderlecht's players admit they know nothing about their opponents, but the Belgian champions would be well advised not to underestimate The New Saints when the two teams meet tonight at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham for the first leg of their Champions' League third qualifying round tie.

Sport in Brief: British boxers have to settle for silvers

Great Britain could only pick up three silver medals at the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow but Belfast's Paddy Barnes won gold for the Republic of Ireland.

Baku: The tourist's-eye view of an oil-boom city

Azerbaijan wants to see as many British visitors photographing its monuments as working on its offshore rigs. Mark Leftly takes to the streets

BP profits more than double thanks to rising global oil prices

BP's first-quarter results smashed analysts' expectations, with a 135 per cent rise in profits yesterday, thanks to rising oil prices and improved performance from the group's refineries.

Dom Joly: Girls, listen up, I can teach you to throw

My real problem is netball. Actually, it's girls' sports in general. They're just so dull

Nabucco needs Iran and Iraq

Political hotspots Iraq and Iran will have to supply gas to the European Union if the €7.9bn Nabucco pipeline is to go ahead, the Azerbaijan Energy Minister has warned.

Azerbaijan: Pumping oil and gas

Azerbaijan, with its natural resources, is vital to easing Russia's grip on the EU's energy &ndash; if new supply lines can get up and running. Mark Leftly reports from the capital, Baku, on the power plays that make this small country one of the most important in the world

Dom Joly: I've seen the Sugababes and the world's first fireplace

Two days back home and then it was off to Central Asia again. This time my destination was Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. As guest of one of the new tycoons this area seems to be producing, this was no ordinary trip. I was put up at a swanky London hotel, wined and dined and then, the following morning, whisked over Europe in a private jet towards Azerbaijan. It was a little like a de luxe special rendition.

BP buys into offshore Brazil with $7bn Devon Energy deal

Acquisition includes assets in Brazil, Azerbaijan and the Gulf of Mexico

England hope to avoid six-team group

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Blair is paid thousands of pounds to 'endorse' a fossil-fuel power plant

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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