'If Istanbul is given the Olympic Games, the Turks will not have the Euros,' says Uefa's Michel Platini

Celtic nations in pole to host Euro 2020 if Turkey wins Olympic Games reveals Uefa president Michel Platini

The prospect of the United Kingdom hosting only its third major football tournament has improved after Istanbul was shortlisted to host the 2020 Olympics.

Spain won Euro 2008

Uefa president Michel Platini provides boost for Scotland, Wales and Ireland Euro 2020 bid

A possible bid by Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland for Euro 2020 has been given a boost after UEFA president Michel Platini made it clear he would not vote for Turkey to host the tournament if Istanbul wins the contest to stage the Olympics.

Turkey proposes charges against Israeli military over 2010 Gaza blockade deaths

Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor has asked a court to approve murder charges against members of Israel's military for the killing of nine people aboard a Turkish ship that tried to break an Israeli blockade to reach Gaza in 2010.

Three injured in blast at Istanbul university

Turkey's state news agency says three people have been injured in an explosion at a university in Istanbul.

Andy Pozzi competes in the 110m hurdles at the Olympic Stadium

British stars rise to occasion in Olympic dress rehearsal

It was the morning after the night before and Vernon Kay, Gabby Logan, Mel C, the Military Wives, Hugh Bonneville and Co had packed up and moved on. The X Factor-style glitz of the official opening of the 2012 Olympic Stadium gave way to Britain's Got Talent on day three of the athletics test event, the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships.

Winter evening sun on Pera - Beyoglu rooftops as seen from the Galata Tower

A historic quarter of Istanbul regains its place in the sun

Adrian Mourby finds shiny new shops and galleries in the previously rundown district of Pera

Besiktas had the option to buy Bebe but may choose to return him to United

Manchester United misfit Bebe breaks Besiktas curfew to cast future into doubt

The unhappy Manchester United career of Bebe, one of the most peculiar signings of Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 years as manager, has taken another twist with the Turkish side Besiktas indicating he might have played his last game for them after his breach of a club curfew.

'Useful' nuclear talks show signs of modest progress

In a rare show of unity, Iran and the world's big powers hailed their first nuclear meeting in more than a year as a key step towards further negotiations meant to ease international fears that Tehran may weaponise its nuclear programme.

From left: French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Secretary William Hague meet in Istanbul

World powers increase backing for an armed Syrian rebellion

Hillary Clinton talks of 'moment of truth' as Friends of Syria turn away from diplomatic solution

Book Of A Lifetime: A Confederacy of Dunces, By John Kennedy Toole

So I had left Istanbul with its colourful chaos and ended up in a place in America where the wind blew hot as a hair dryer, huge thorny cacti greeted newcomers and Spanish was the official language. What was I doing in Tucson, Arizona? Teaching, writing a new novel... The part of me that couldn't settle down, always a nomad, an outsider, East and West, and yet precisely because of that at home everywhere, that stubborn part was holding the reins. It was as if I had taken a plastic globe, given it a real good spin, and randomly put my finger on a spot.

Jessica Ennis pictured with Phillips Idowu and fashion designer Stella McCartney at the launch of the TeamGB kit

Home Games equals added pressure, admits Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis, Team GB’s poster athlete, admitted yesterday at the high-profile launch of Britain’s Olympic kit that being the centre of attention at a home Games brings extra pressures.

Expensively assembled squads like Manchester City's will be subject to the FFP regulations that Uefa's Michel Platini (pictured) discussed in Istanbul yesterday

Michel Platini yet to receive Sir Dave Richards apology

UEFA president Michel Platini today said he has yet to receive any apology from Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards after his comments that FIFA and UEFA "stole" football from England.

Oh, Mrs Porter: The American-born Tiffany Porter's appointment as British athletics team captain has caused controversy

The Last Word: Passport to run for GB? It's in the Mail

Porter's treatment by newspaper shows criticism of switched allegiances is fuelled by hypocrisy

Charles van Commenee is the Dutchman hoping to guide Team GB to a golden summer

Brits on course for 'very good' Olympics

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes Britain remains “on course” for a successful Olympic Games after encouraging performances this winter.

Iran nuclear talks ‘will fail under pressure’

Western ‘pressure’ will cause discussions on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme to fail, the Iranian parliamentary speaker said today.

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