Tom Carson, right

Hockey: England men into last four of European Championships

England's men reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in Belgium but not without a scare after a 2-2 draw with Ireland.

Mitchell Starc: The fast bowler was recalled by Australia for the second time in the Ashes series

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke appears to be on the brink as it's all change for Australia... again

Australia have failed to win any of their last eight Test matches. They have lost the Ashes for the third successive time and they have already sacked a coach.

East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

Roadworks lifted on major routes ahead of bank holiday weekend

Roadworks will be suspended on a number of major routes as millions head off on the bank holiday weekend.

Lack of gold can give Hambro a lift

Anybody shorting Petropavlovsk may slip up, say Mark Leftly and Jamie Dunkley
Labour have blamed the sharp rise on “overflowing A&E departments” put under pressure by Government cuts

NHS waiting list at five-year high as cost-cutting reforms strike

Lancet journal accuses Coalition of treating health service like a  ‘failing bank or business’

Buffett backs Canadian oil sands boom

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is betting on Alberta's oil sands boom, buying a stake in the Canadian-based energy giant Suncor, according to regulatory filings.

England captain Charlotte Edwards plays a shot

Women's Ashes: Proud Charlotte Edwards has to settle for a drawn Ashes Test

Australia 331-6 dec & 231-5 dec England 314 & 93-2 (Match drawn)

Australia’s Sarah Elliott hits out on her way to an unbeaten 95

Women's Ashes: Sarah Elliott inspired by a young face in the crowd

Australia 243-3 v England

Charlotte Edwards will captain England in all three formats

Now England women get ready for their Ashes

England announced their Ashes squads today. Selection is a tricky business in women's cricket these days because the trophy in this case now covers all three forms of the game.

Danny Guthrie hits home Reading's winner

Reading 2 Ipswich Town 1 match report: Royals show their 'bouncebackability' as Danny Guthrie strike seals win

Bouncebackability: a word coined by Iain Dowie when Crystal Palace manager in 2004 and six syllables that are drummed into every team after they have tumbled out of the Premier League. Do not sulk, do not feel sorry for yourselves, do not simply fade away in the Championship. Get back there... and straight away.

Danny Guthrie

Reading 2 Ipswich 1 match report: Danny Guthrie gives Royals comeback win after Jay Tabb opener

Cole Skuse own goal had levelled things up before Guthrie's 74th minute winner

A&Es miss waiting time targets as NHS 111 slides

Major accident and emergency departments have failed to meet waiting-time targets for two weeks running, the latest figures suggest.

July was sunniest since 2006

The July of 2013 has been the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006 – and today is expected to see a hot start to August too.

Kevin Pietersen warms up at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen tests the pain barrier to prove his fitness for third Test

Kevin Pietersen was put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prove his fitness for the third Test. He was accompanied for most of England's session by the team physiotherapist, Craig De Weymarn.

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

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There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
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Elton John and David Furnish exchange marriage vows
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File: James Woods attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater on September 27, 2014
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Martin Skrtel heads in the dramatic equaliser
SPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal match report: Bandaged Martin Skrtel heads home in the 97th-minute
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Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
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Mark Wright has won The Apprentice 2014
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Darrell Banks’s ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’
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Detective Tam Bui works for the Toronto Police force
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X Factor winner Ben Haenow has scored his first Christmas number one
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'