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England could be in the same group as World Cup hosts Brazil

World Cup 2014: England face possibility of being placed in 'group of death' against Brazil or Argentina and France

Three Lions could be drawn with Brazil or Argentina, France and Nigeria next summer

Clerides in 2003; he never realised his dream of reuniting his country

Glafkos Clerides: Statesman who saw Cyprus through independence, partition and entry into the European Union in 2004

Glafkos Clerides was the incarnation of modern, independent Cyprus – from the struggle for independence from Britain to the tragedy of the Turkish invasion and division of the island in 1974; from the long and still fruitless efforts to heal that partition to the entry of his country into the European Union in 2004.

Previously unknown Greek group claims responsibility for Golden Dawn shootings

‘Militant People's Revolutionary Forces’ said the drive-by attack was in retaliation for murder of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas

Album review: Robbie Williams, Swings Both Ways, Island

Those who endured Williams’s recent X Factor performance need not fear: this brassy sequel to 2001’s big-band LP Swing When You’re Winning, is actually rather listenable. Not to say it’s great: he’s a karaoke kind of crooner and some of the covers here – such as “I Wanna Be Like You” with Olly Murs – should have remained the preserve of some celebrity charity ball.

Album review: Archie Shepp, I Hear the Sound, Archie Ball

Shepp’s latest release is a great 40th anniversary recreation of his famous 1972 live album Attica Blues, a black-consciousness riposte to the four-day riot at Attica prison – sparked by the death, in 1971, of the Black Panther George Jackson – which left 43 people dead.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal's winner

World Cup 2014 play-offs round-up: First blood for Cristiano Ronaldo but dismal France on verge of crashing out

Greece take big step towards securing a place in Brazil

World Cup 2014 play-off: Greece v Romania match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup qualifier at the Karaiskakis Stadium

Didier Deschamps' France side face a tricky first leg in Ukraine

World Cup play-offs: Romania seek to spark national revival in Brazil

The clash of giant egos is in Lisbon, the romance in Reykjavik, and the only previous winner under threat plays in Kiev, but perhaps the most intriguing European World Cup play-off begins on Friday night in Athens.

£7.84m heroin smuggling gang jailed

Three drug dealers have been jailed for their part in an international heroin smuggling ring.

Unemployment falls to lowest level since the spring of 2011

Unemployment at three-year low as number of Britons in work reaches all-time high of 30m

Despite the record-breaking numbers, the figures are propped-up by a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs

Satyajit Das: The weakness of the European Central Bank’s policies will be revealed all too soon

Economic View: An IMF member thinks Greece’s forecasts for its debt and economic growth are ‘delusional’

Greek police remove 50 ERT protesters from occupied building in pre-dawn raid

Riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside the front of the building

Gai Waterhouse holds aloft the Melbourne Cup

Fiorente and Waterhouse keep Melbourne Cup at home

If only the ills besetting Australian sport could be cured as easily as the solution racing has devised – simply import the opposition. Fiorente, who won the Melbourne Cup, went one place better than last year's second to fellow expat Green Moon, beating some familiar rivals.

Roy Hodgson was rewarded with a man of the match performance after giving Andros Townsend his England debut

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up as Roy Hodgson sticks with youngsters

Sterling will provide cover to Friday night's hero Andros Townsend and Danny Welbeck on the flanks

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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
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
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