Sport Mohamed Salah, of Basel, holds off Chelsea's Frank Lampard during their Europa League semi final second leg at Stamford Bridge last May

Chelsea’s new signing accused of snubbing opposition before match

Banks win victory over new Basel liquidity rules

Standards will be more relaxed than planned and also phased in over four years from 2015
Edvard Munch's The Scream sold at auction for almost $120m

The secret of Edvard Munch's record-breaking Scream

Meet Mr Black. The new owner of The Scream. By David Usborne

Hole truth: An artist's impressions of the forthcoming Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park, London

Memories of the far pavilions: A sneak preview of this year's offbeat addition to Hyde Park

Can a large, cork-lined hole in the ground in London's Hyde Park – with a steel disc floating above it, mind – be architecture? It can if it's designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist considered a threat to cultural order by his country's political apparatchiks.

Vidic will no longer be considered for selection

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic targets pre-season return

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he is on course for a return to action at the start of next season.

FC Basel players celebrate while Manchester United's Ji-Sung Park looks stunned by the game's turnaround

Alex Ferguson admits making mistakes in Europe this season

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded he got it wrong in Europe this season.

British lenders slash euro debts by £32bn

Britain's banks slashed $50bn (£32bn) from their exposure to France, Italy and Spain during the summer as financial institutions ran scared from Europe's debt crisis, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Arsenal have been drawn against AC Milan, the best team from the unseeded sides

Arsenal and Chelsea in nightmare Champions League draw

Chelsea and Arsenal must both overcome tough Italian tests in the last 16 of the Champions League after today's draw in Nyon.

FC Basel appoint Heiko Vogel on permanent basis

FC Basel's interim coach Heiko Vogel was given the job on a permanent basis today, five days after leading them into Champions League last 16 at the expense of Manchester United.

Switzerland: Sky high in Interlaken

From jumping out of planes to mountain biking and canyoning, <b>Richard Madden</b> enjoys the thrill of Switzerland's spectacular Bernese Oberland region

Junya Ishigami makes a splash at Barbican's Curve gallery

Nothing in the world of Junya Ishigami quite conforms to type. Chairs wear hats, socks and little sweaters knitted in fine-ply cream mohair; tables are paper thin and three-meters long and ripple when touched; huge metal boulders float up to the sky. Even the architecture he makes can be so immaterial as scarcely to exist. The piece he has just installed in the Barbican's Curve gallery, for example – constructed from hand-rolled carbon columns that are 0.9mm thick, and secured by crossbracing threads of just 0.2mm – is almost impossible to see. It's about as tantalisingly stealthy as architecture can be.

King warns Europe not to weaken bank capital rules

Governor says letting banks run dangerously low buffers was 'tragic' error

German watchdog raps EU stress tests

Germany's financial regulator has taken a swipe at European Union rule makers over the way they ignored Basel III bank capital definitions when they designed new pan-European bank stress tests.

Osborne joins attack on new EU banking proposals

The Chancellor has attacked the European Union's new bank capital and liquidity rules. George Osborne was one of seven European finance ministers – including Spain and Sweden but not Germany and France – who signed a letter to the European Commission demanding a rethink of the plans.

What a carrion: plant lovers flock to see a rare and smelly flower

Thousands of plant lovers have flocked to the northern Swiss city of Basel to see a giant, foul-smelling flower bloom for the first time. The Basel Botanical Gardens expects 10,000 people to have filed past its Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, standing in its full glory before the bloom wilts.

Excessive crying in babies linked to later problems

Babies who persistently cry and those who have difficulties with sleeping or feeding are more likely to develop behavioural problems in later life, a study suggests.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee