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

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.

Super Bowl fans will be spared risqué ads

The US Super Bowl may be the most watched event on television in a nation known for its love of this couch-based pastime. But this year, an estimated 130 million viewers will not be confronted with the type of risqué references favoured by advertisers, after the brief revelation of Janet Jackson's breast during a half-time show in 2004.

Rock and Pop: Blood on the stage

The family that sings together isn't always harmonious, says CHRIS MUGAN. Can the Bedingfields break the mould at the Brits?

Giggs left to feel like an exile on home soil

Manchester United's Welsh marauder finds Old Trafford turning into a theatre of broken dreams

Oprah's show investigated for indecency

The crackdown on smut on America's airwaves has entered new and surprising territory following reports that less than open-minded federal regulators have turned their attention to an unexpected target - the perennially popular Oprah Winfrey Show.

Album: The Hidden Cameras

Play the CBC Sessions, Rough Trade

N*E*R*D: 'We're just Hendrix fans'

As The Neptunes, they've conquered R&B. As N*E*R*D, they're a rock/hip-hop band. Phil Meadley asks them what's next

Beenie Man, The Forum, London

Racing: Stag proves dear failure

RUNNING STAG, who was supposed to use a minor race at Lingfield yesterday as a gentle stepping stone towards a valuable Hong Kong event next month, contrived to get beaten at odds of 1-3. He attracted over pounds 20,000 in three- and four-figure bets alone.

Pop: The band that came back from the edge of the world

The Walkabouts met and got the hell out of Seattle before the music industry had even heard of the place. Fifteen years on, having survived oblivion and grunge, they've found home. By Nick Hasted
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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Never mind what you're wearing

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Marginal Streets project documents voters

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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

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