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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

King Willem-Alexander delivers his annual address in The Hague

Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state

Youngest monarch in Europe says people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets

Sample polymer ten and five pound banknotes

Filthy lucre: Bank of England's new plastic notes provide ideal environment for nature's nastiest bacteria

Filthy lucre just got a new meaning. Plastic notes of the type chosen this week by the Bank of England as the next generation of paper money have been found by researchers to be the host of choice for some of nature’s nastiest bacteria.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s time as Republic of Ireland manager has come to an end
Theo Walcott, pictured responding to last year’s European Championship exit, has been typical of the national team’s fortunes of late

Steve Tongue: The reality behind Greg Dyke's radical thinking for the England team

The FA chairman has set out his vision for the national team

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 3 September 2013

Helicopter engine stake sold by Rolls

Angela Merkel has said Greece should have never been allowed to join the euro

Angela Merkel says Greece should never have been allowed to join the euro

German leader blames predecessor, Gerhard Schroder – and sparks anger in Athens

Europeans are out of love with EU institutions, but still committed to the union

To keep the euro steady, it's vital that the ECB and other institutions regain public trust

No media svengali: Nate Silver
The Euro logo outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany

Growth in Germany and France ends euro recession

17 countries that use euro saw collective economic output grow by 0.3 per cent

The England manager is short of striking options

Roy Hodgson hamstrung by lack of fit England strikers

The England manager Roy Hodgson faces a shortage of fit strikers for his friendly against Scotland next week, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll officially injured and Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to first-team training with Liverpool.

Hamish McRae: It is in Europe's interest to be nice to us – even if we do want a divorce

From the City: We have had a dry run for this great debate in the one about the adoption of the euro

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 31 July 2013

Profits down a fifth at Drax 

Without Hope: England were knocked out at the group stage of Euro 2013

Hope Powell to be passed over for elite women’s role, says Sir Trevor Brooking

Hope Powell’s position as the England women’s team coach, which has come under intense scrutiny since the dreadful showing and early exit from the European Championship finals in Sweden, may not be at immediate risk.

Hope Powell’s England face Russia in their second European Championship group game, and it is a 'must-win' fixture according to the national coach after Friday’s 3-2 defeat by Spain

European Championship 2013: Russia is now a must-win match for England, says Hope Powell

Hope Powell’s England face Russia this evening in their second European Championship group game, and it is a “must-win” fixture according to the national coach after Friday’s 3-2 defeat by Spain.

Women's Euros match report: England 2 Spain 3 - Late sucker punch leaves England facing uphill task

The England women’s team could beat Roy Hodgson’s men, the national coach Hope Powell has reckoned, but in their opening group game at these European Championship finals they lost to the Spanish women’s side in a thrilling but ultimately heartbreaking encounter that was decided in the fourth minute of stoppage time by a goal that came off the head of the goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy