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

Dempsey eager to continue Fulham run in Rome

Fulham winger Clint Dempsey is hoping his side can continue on the positive path they have taken in recent weeks as they visit Roma tonight.

Walker set to clamp down on bankers' pay

City grandee Sir David Walker will recommend banning banks from paying guaranteed bonuses to staff when he publishes his final review into corporate governance at the end of next month.

Turner Prize 2009, Tate Britain, London

This year’s shortlistees bring a welcome return to solemnity and skill – and not a condom in sight

A dance for Darwinism

A ballet based on evolutionary theory has some intelligent designs from the art world's fastest-rising star. Gareth Harris reports

UK 'will take back toxic waste found in Brazil'

The UK is set to take back more than 1,400 tonnes of toxic waste that was found in Brazil, the Environment Agency said today.

Net Gains: Ivanovic puts up a futile defence as tongues start wagging

When you are one of the world's most beautiful sportswomen, speculation about your private life is inevitable, especially when someone new appears in your entourage. Ana Ivanovic said she would "rather talk about my tennis at the moment", but it was no surprise when she was asked yesterday about the courtside presence of Adam Scott, the Australian golfer, who watched the Serbian beauty play for the second time this week. "I wouldn't like to comment on that," Ivanovic said, before adding: "I think it's great to see familiar faces in your box when you look for support." Ivanovic's brief relationship with the Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco ended at the start of this year, at around the same time Scott was said to be dating the actress Kate Hudson after breaking up with his long-time girlfriend Marie Kojzar. Ivanovic and Scott are both Rolex ambassadors and both live in Switzerland. Ivanovic is such a big name in Belgrade, she can barely walk down the street without being mobbed, which is one of the reasons why she likes living in Basel, which is also Roger Federer's home city. "There are quite a lot of famous people who live in Basel, like Michael Schumacher, so people keep their distance and give you privacy," she said.

Caicedo claims West Ham interest

Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo has claimed West Ham are among the clubs keen to acquire his services this summer.

Jay Merrick: Out goes Oswald Boateng, in come Gieves & Hawkes

Herzog & de Meuron's proposed Tate Modern extension is almost an original piece of architectural design but its form has been simplified since the first version of the scheme was presented. And even that version – a giant tectonic logjam erupting upwards from the edge of the Thames – resembled the practice's design for a Swiss pharmaceutical company headquarters. Art, of course, is as much a drug as Viagra or ecstasy; and so is headline architecture.

48 Hours In: Basel

With Christmas coming, Switzerland's second city is the perfect spot to soak up the festive atmosphere, go shopping and enjoy some cultural attractions.

Scottish Ensemble / Morton, Wigmore Hall, London

The Wigmore Hall is celebrating the legacy of the Swiss conductor and patron Paul Sacher (1906-99), who used the millions he married into to commission a string of modern masterpieces from Bartok, Strauss, Stravinsky, Carter, Boulez, Britten et al, and left a research foundation in Basel stuffed with sketch material and memorabilia. This visit by the 12 strings of the ever-welcome Scottish Ensemble led by Jonathan Morton brought forth three of Sacher's best.

Wenger: defeat is unthinkable, and so is playing badly

Oh what a feast, oh what a tasty delight, oh what - given the presence of the Swede Henrik Larsson - a smorgasbord. Today Arsenal face Manchester United for the 200th time in a competitive match and, for Arsène Wenger, the ingredients have all been gathered for what should be a classic encounter. A signature dish, if you like.

Blair's visit to Beirut sparks backlash

A young woman protester managed to disrupt a press conference by Tony Blair at the end of a Lebanon trip which was boycotted by political leaders of the powerful Shia community.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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