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David Beckham is among those set to receive money back from failed building projects

Football: Toon Army shirts are still on Shearer

As critics cast doubt on lasting value of nation's talisman, the home front state case for the defence

Football: Keegan is struggling to find the right ticket

EURO 2000 Scotland's coach emphatically answers his doubters but more difficult times are lying just around the corner for his England counterpart

Football: Leeds lack only Shearer's killer touch

Leeds United 3 Newcastle United 2

Football: Croft caps promising debut with goal that sinks City

Ipswich 2 Manchester City 1

Football: Bridges takes a tip from Shearer

Bobby Robson's rejuvenated side see their bubble burst by another striker from the North-east

Football: Shearer hits five on Robson's big day

PREMIERSHIP Wednesday woe for Wilson as eight-goal slaughter at St James' Park leaves him in danger of imminent dismissal; Newcastle United 8 Shearer 30, 33 pen, 42, 81, 84 pen, Hughes 11, Dyer 46, Speed 78 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Football: Wadsworth a cog on the Tyne

Simon Turnbull sees Robson ring the changes at recharged Newcastle

Football: Time to sacrifice the sacred cows

As the gateway to Europe turns into a back-door, Keegan faces dilemma of alternative choices

The Brian Viner Interview: Beardsley seeks the right opening

`When you're a big name you have to be careful because the chairman might be thinking of you as a player-manager'

Football: Keegan calm before his biggest test

Euro 2000: England's professionalism and Shearer's instinct for goal augurs well for Poland trip
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran