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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Should football be braced for the abolition of the transfer window?

Football set to challenge legality of window in move that could have Bosman-rule level of impact

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos (C) raises the trophy as Spain's national football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup football

World Cup and European Championships to remain free-to-air after Uefa and Fifa lose appeals

Football's governing bodies had wanted to be able to sell matches to the highest bidders

Uefa's financial fair play rules face test from the 'Bosman' lawyer

Wealthy clubs will watch legal challenge driven by Jean-Louis Dupont with interest

Levi takes on rivals over red-tab copycats

Knock-off denim dealers across Europe have been dealt a blow after jeans maker Levi Strauss won the right to stop rivals aping its red-tab marking.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I claim compensation for delayed flights?

Q My wife and I were on a flight from Manchester to Madeira in May 2006. It was delayed for several hours. The return flight was delayed even longer – instead of returning in the early evening, we got back early the next day. Can I claim compensation?

Barrie Wilkinson, Lincolnshire

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Pre-booking a parador

Q We would like to tour around Spain, in our own car, staying in paradors.  We want to pre-book - what is the best way to do this?

Sue Wright, Worcester

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Ash cloud compensation

Q We live in Spain but were stranded in the UK in 2010 because of the ash cloud. We had to return by ferry and plane from Santander to Alicante. We also incurred extra costs in the UK. Can we claim from Ryanair?

David Chapman

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary: Don't blame me for an ash cloud

The boss of Ryanair reacted furiously to a court ruling that airlines have an unlimited duty of care to passengers whose flights are delayed.

Flight disruption at Gatwick airport due to volcanic ash
Passengers stranded in Terminal 5

Flight delayed? Now you can sue: Landmark ruling could mean customers receive payouts for hold-ups over three hours

Travellers can now theoretically claim compensation for delays dating back to 2005

Woman jumps to her death from Bilbao apartment balcony as bailiffs arrive to evict her

A woman jumped to her death as bailiffs approached to evict her from her fourth-floor Spanish apartment for failing to pay the mortgage.

The Irish carrier, which prides itself on its cheap tickets, had already increased fares by 12%

Ryanair loses Icelandic volcano costs legal battle

Ryanair today lost the latest round in its legal battle to avoid paying for hotels, meals and drinks for passengers disrupted by delayed flights during the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010.

Scudamore: Premier League TV deal up in the air

Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, said yesterday that his organisation is still considering selling its TV rights on a pan-European basis when they are next up for sale in 2013.

Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins High Court case

A pub landlady has won her legal battle to overturn her conviction for using foreign decoders to show Premier League football matches.

Football bosses claim victory in satellite TV row

Football industry bosses today said they would tackle publicans using foreign satellite systems to broadcast Premier League action without permission after a new court ruling in a long-running row over the screening of live games in bars.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee