Sport Roy Hodgson is hoping the extra day in Manaus will aid the players' acclimatisation

The FA have confirmed that England will face two South American sides in the build-up to Brazil 2014 in an effort to prepare for the threat that Uruguay will pose

Wrestling: Adopted Brit Olga Butkevych suffers first-round defeat

Olga Butkevych apologised for her performance as her Olympic dreams evaporated in to thin air after just six minutes.

Julian Assange: The WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to Sweden

Ecuadorean officials invite Swedish authorities to London to interview Julian Assange

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could yet avoid extradition for questioning over sexual assault allegations after Ecuadorean government officials invited the Swedish authorities to London, offering to host an interview there instead.

Ecuador: Villagers try again to hold Chevron to $18bn ruling

Villagers have filed a second lawsuit in a foreign country, this time in Brazil, in an effort to enforce an $18bn (£11.6bn) court ruling against the US oil company Chevron for polluting the Amazon River, their lawyers said.

Ecuador: Lawyers study Julian Assange's asylum request

Lawyers convened by Ecuador's government have begun studying the political and legal implications of granting asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.

Lonesome George was the last remaining tortoise of his kind

Lonesome George, the rarest creature on Earth, dies at 100

It may be a curlew or a kakapo. It may be the baiji, or a bat. But no one knows for sure, now, what is the rarest creature on the planet.

Julian Assange: The WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to Sweden

Julian Assange's mother lashes out at US

The mother of Julian Assange has accused the British, Swedish and Australian governments of being "sycophants" of the United States over the long-running extradition saga involving her son.

Julian Assange is facing extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in relation to accusations of rape and molestation

Ecuador is no hurry over Julian Assange as ambassador leaves London for talks on political asylum bid

Ecuador has signalled that it is in no hurry to decide whether or not to give Julian Assange asylum after it today emerged that their ambassador to London has flown home for talks on the fate of the WikiLeaks founder.

Ecuadorian ambassador in talks over Assange's request for political asylum

The Ecuadorian ambassador is understood to be flying home this weekend for talks on the country's response to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Ambassador heads to Ecuador for Assange talks

The Ecuadorian ambassador is understood to be flying out to her nation's capital this weekend for talks on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange's lawyer admits Ecuadorian asylum bid 'makes him look like a suspect'

Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer admitted today that his client’s decision to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy made him look like he was trying to avoid facing sexual assault allegations. But he said the threat of extradition to the United States forced the 40-year-old to take such drastic action.

Julian Assange would not reveal where today's emails had come from

Third night at Ecuadorean embassy for Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is little closer to discovering whether his request for political asylum in Ecuador will be accepted after he spent a third night at the country's embassy in London.

Joan Smith: Why do we buy Julian Assange's one-man psychodrama?

The Ecuador government will be a laughing stock if it takes the Assange death penalty sub-plot seriously

Joan Smith: We're had enough of this one-man psychodrama

Narcissism is the curse of our age. Celebrity is its more familiar manifestation, spawning countless magazines and TV shows, but its tentacles have spread into every area of public life. France recently terminated an unhappy experiment with a hyperactive President, suggesting its appetite for constant self-promotion has its limits. Now a similar proposition is being tested in the UK by the saga of the celebrity-hacker, Julian Assange.

Julian Assange's celebrity backers 'surprised' but supportive of bail breach bid for political asylum

Julian Assange’s backers expressed surprise at his shock move to seek asylum at the Ecuador Embassy but continued to give him their support, despite the potential loss of £200,000 in bail money.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links