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Ukrainian authorities have blocked the release of a film about Soviet footballers who defied Nazi Germany amid fears it could ignite explosive emotions just weeks before the country co-hosts the Euro 2012 tournament.

The training facilities at Shakhtar which former Arsenal striker Eduardo says are world class

England told: it is crackers for you to stay in Krakow

There is anger in Ukraine that Rooney and Co will undertake 2,000-mile round trips to play group games...and will use a Fourth Division Polish team's facilities instead

Ukraine's former leader loses appeal

A Ukrainian court yesterday kept the former premier Yulia Tymoshenko in jail on charges of abuse of office, defying renewed Western pressure to release the country's main opposition leader.

Katya Apekisheva, Wigmore Hall

With Elizabeth Leonskaya and Paul Lewis leading the pack, this has been a good year for Schubert’s piano music, but from the moment Katya Apekisheva played the opening flourish of the Sonata in A minor D 537 it was clear that hers was a voice like no other.

Eugenia Carr and her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko, at the court in Kiev

Eugenia Carr: Save my mother, save my mother country

Eugenia Carr – the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko – is fighting for her country's future, says Oliver Poole

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Euro 2012 tickets go on sale

Tickets for Euro 2012 went on sale today but England and Republic of Ireland fans face a two-month wait before they will know if they have been successful.

Former Ukraine PM re-arrested over taxes

Julia Tymoshenko, the jailed Ukrainian opposition leader, was re-arrested on tax evasion charges yesterday – as the EU prepared to send an envoy to Kiev to save a joint summit with the country this month.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2
Laurent Blanc expects a 'spicy encounter'

Oh no, not France! Blanc reveals Capello's big fear

England manager told French counterpart he was dreading being drawn together

KIEV (Ukraine) / Olympic Stadium, 60,000 / Ukraine's national stadium - and the championship's biggest venue - is undergoing a spectacular makeover, which will include a transparent roof, to prepare it for group-stage matches, a quarter-final and the final. Dynamo Kiev played European games there prior to closure for renovation. Kiev, on the banks of the Dnieper river, is Ukraine's capital and largest city.

Euro 2012 finals match schedule

Full match schedule for the 2012 European Championships:

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Euro 2012: Venue Guide

Euro 2012 will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Here, we guide you around the grounds being used for the tournament.

Kenwyne Jones leaps high to score Stoke’s late equaliser last night

'Fantastic' Stoke delight Pulis

Stoke City 1 Dynamo Kiev 1

Battling Stoke's Europa adventure continues

Stoke City 1 Dynamo Kiev 1
Scenes from Kiev: Elton John hugs a patient at a drop-in centre funded by his Aids Foundation

Sir Elton and Kiev's lost generation

For people infected with HIV in Ukraine, there has often been little hope. For years they have been stigmatised, ignored, offered inadequate treatment and found themselves pushed to the edge of society, regularly forced to live without homes, support or even the official papers needed to find a job. Until now, however, there has been one clear beacon: a refuge desperately needed in a region that now has the world's fastest-growing infection rate.

Cardiff City players observe a minute's silence for Gary Speed on Tuesday night

Pulis tribute to 'football man' Speed

Stoke City manager pays his respects and warns of loneliness and pressure of life in the dug-out

Scenes from Kiev: Elton John hugs a patient at a drop-in centre funded by his Aids Foundation

Elton John: On the streets with Ukraine's lost generation

A mixture of intolerance and opportunism threatens to deprive Kiev of the one institution that offers hope to its thousands of young people with HIV

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn