Sport Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Houston wary of weakened Czechs' reaction to defeat

Peter Houston warned the Tartan Army against reading too much into the Czech Republic's apparent problems ahead of Saturday's vital Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park.

Riise to make Fulham debut against Crusaders

John Arne Riise will make his Fulham debut this evening in the Europa League home match with Crusaders.

Fulham sign Czech Under-21 international Marcel Gecov

Martin Jol has conceded his squad needs bolstering if Fulham are to compete across all the competitions this season.

'Woman was raped' at Fred West's house

A woman has told police she was raped at the house where the serial killers Fred and Rose West began their murder spree.

Okoye searches for consistency

Lawrence Okoye might be occupying the dizzy heights of third place in the world discus rankings courtesy of his monster 67.63m throw at the Throws Fest meeting in Hendon last Saturday, but the former rugby union starlet insisted yesterday: "I've got to understand I've got a long way to go before I can call myself one of the best discus throwers in the world."

Motorcycling: Biaggi win closes the gap on Checa

Carlos Checa saw his lead cut to 30 points in the Superbike World Championship despite twice finishing on the podium at Brno in the Czech Republic yesterday.

Couples seek IVF treatment abroad

Couples desperate for a baby are being forced abroad because of a lack of sperm and egg donors in the UK, researchers say.

Lansbury and Smalling ready for Czech crunch

England are optimistic that Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Arsenal's Henri Lansbury will have recovered from a throat infection and an ankle injury respectively to play against the Czech Republic in the decisive final group match at the European Under-21 Championship tonight.

Cech keeps 'boring' Japanese out

A stunning double save from Petr Cech allowed the Czech Republic to hold Japan to a 0-0 draw yesterday as the tri-nation Kirin Cup ended without a single goal being scored.

Four missing after Czech explosives plant blast

An official says a huge nitroglycerine explosion has occurred at a factory in the Czech Republic and that four people are missing.

Video: Czech President 'steals' pen

A hilarious new video has been released which shows the Czech President trying to surreptitiously pocket a pen during a news conference.

George Morgan Australian Open run ended in the semi-finals

George Morgan's run in the boys' singles at the Australian Open came to an end today when he lost 6-3 6-4 to top seed Jiri Vesely in the semi-finals.

Morgan shows fighting spirit to reach junior semi-finals

George Morgan, attempting to become the first British boy to win a Grand Slam junior singles title since Andy Murray, advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open here yesterday when he beat Jeson Patrombon, of the Philippines, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Tesco bags stores in Czech Republic

Tesco has bought 128 convenience stores in the Czech Republic for £34.3m, in a further demonstration of the international ambitions of Britain's biggest grocer.

Album: Smetana, Má Vlast / Prague Philharmonia (Supraphon)

Beloved the world over for the sweeping minor-major melody of "Vltava", Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems, Má Vlast, has been a monument to Czech independence since its completion in 1879.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor