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Arsenal striker among five England-based players in the squad

Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa target Nicklas Helenius in plea to Aalborg over transfer fee

The striker is concerned his current club will demand too high a fee from Aston Villa

Oldest man in recorded history Jiroemon Kimura dies in Japan aged 116

Title of world's oldest person now goes to 115-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa

Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, seeks deal for Danish striker Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa have confirmed they are close to signing Danish striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg.

Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa confirm negotiations with Danish striker Nicklas Helenius

The 22-year-old was the second highest scorer in the Danish league last season with Aalborg

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup future uncertain amid 'disagreement over transfer funds'

The Dane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and PSG

Robbie Keane pictures training at Wembley

England v Republic of Ireland: Robbie Keane hopeful of healthy rivalry

The sides meet for the first time since 1995

Michael Kessler (left) and Carl Froch square up to one another

Box clever and Carl Froch can flatten Mikkel Kessler

Seven days before the first Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler fight in 2010 the trouble started when the fight was postponed, Froch gained 7lb at a barbecue, his elbow was injured and his eardrum was damaged.

Laura Robson: The Briton will play Caroline Wozniacki in the first round in Paris

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For a player who loves nothing better than to topple the biggest names at the biggest tournaments, Laura Robson was yesterday handed the perfect draw for the French Open, which begins in Paris tomorrow.

Carl Froch lands a right on Mikkel Kessler when the two first met in 2010

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IBF super-middleweight champion will face Mikel Kessler on Saturday night, tasked with beating the man who handed Froch his first defeat

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

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'It was the appellant's obligation to understand the conditions of bail and ensure they were adhered to'

Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator, Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots

Eurovision: At least Graham Norton's a winner

Ever since Sir Terry Wogan handed over the baton in 2009, there has never been any doubt that Graham Norton and the Eurovision Song Contest are a perfect match. Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator – this year in the Swedish city of Malmo – Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots on Saturday night.

Video: Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Sweden were the hosts for the latest edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with Denmark claiming the title. The outfits worn are a big part of the night, so watch the winning video and a selection of the performances from the night below.

<b>Denmark: Emmelie de Forest performing 'Only Teardrops'</b>
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20-year-old Emmelie de Forest started singing professionally aged just 14. She has toured the whole of Denmark with Scottish musician Fraser Neill performing their own songs as well as folk/blues versions of Nirvana and Johnny Cash. "I have always preferred singing without wearing high heels or shoes. Being barefoot makes me feel closer to the ground, the earth and makes me feel more relaxed," Emmelie says.

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Eurovision 2013: Denmark's Emmelie de Forest is bookies' favourite to win

Favourites Denmark could prove a disaster for bookies if they land their predicted win at the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night.

Google Doodle celebrates Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard 'the father of existentialism'

Kierkegaard's work encompasses, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, fiction and theology

Hamid Karzai has pressed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai urges Barack Obama to close Guantanamo Bay prison

The Afghan leader was speaking on a visit to Denmark

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