News A tractor sits in flood water still present in fields on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

Is feminism relevant to 21st-century fiction?

As 'Granta' dedicates its new issue to the 'F word', Arifa Akbar asks authors about the sexual politics of storytelling

Budding photographers: Snap to it

This is your chance to win a classic Olympus camera and a travel guide commission worth £3,000

International round-up: Northern Ireland miss chance to make up ground

Robin Van Persie's injury jinx struck again last night as the Arsenal forward limped off with a knee injury after scoring for the Netherlands in their 5-3 victory over Hungary in Amsterdam.

Three countries, one cause, one very long chain

The Baltic Way was born out of protest and now makes for a rare road trip, says Adrian Mourby

Fifa denies it was slow to deal with fixing fears

Fifa has denied being slow to react to fears that two international friendly matches were being targeted by match fixers.

Fifa aware of match-fixing fears

World governing body 'alerted' before Turkish friendlies which are now under investigation

Fifa to investigate international match fixing

FIFA have brought charges against six match officials involved in alleged match-fixing at an international friendly exhibition tournament.

Ten top...cultural hotspots

1 Miami

A visit to the Frank Gehry New World Center (nws.edu) will be as much about admiring Gehry's architecture as the music made within.

Diary: A man in control of his media

Anyone previously unbriefed as to whether Craig Oliver was a blue-sky-thinking Steve Hilton-alike or an Andy Coulson-esque attack dog has their answer courtesy of this compelling photograph of Oliver arriving for his first day at work. Number 10's new communications chief, or so his accessories would attest, is a fellow who gives good flow-chart. Let's start with the "Beats by [Dr] Dre" designer headphones, denoting a middle-aged man keen to convince passers-by that he was once deeply into hip-hop, and thus requires "cans" with superior bass quality in order to enjoy his old Public Enemy albums on the move.

Estonia mourns orphanage fire dead

Estonia began a day of mourning today for 10 disabled children who perished when a fire raged through their orphanage.

Ten children killed as fire sweeps through orphanage

Ten disabled children died after a fire raced through an orphanage in western Estonia yesterday.

Spot-fixing? Fifa to probe penalty glut

Fifa has begun an investigation after heavy betting was discovered following the award of seven penalties in an international friendly double-header last Wednesday. The games at the Turkish resort of Antalya saw Bulgaria and Estonia draw 2-2 hours after Latvia beat Bolivia 2-1, with all seven goals coming from the spot.

FIFA to investigate Bulgaria-Estonia friendly

World soccer's ruling body FIFA has ordered an investigation into the midweek friendly between Bulgaria and Estonia, an official said yesterday.

Lucrezia Borgia, Coliseum, London<br/>Manchester Camerata, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester<br/>Los Angeles Philharmonic, Barbican Hall, London

It's all very beautiful, but if film-man Figgis wants to direct opera he should pay his dues with the touring companies

January: The Baltic buffs up its cultural credentials

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'