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Mary Dejevsky: Who are you to judge artistic merit?

"So what does Libby Purves know about the theatre" was one of the kinder responses to the news that the Radio 4 presenter and columnist for The Times, was to become that newspaper's chief theatre critic when the current holder of the post retires this spring. Similar condescension, punctuated with indignation, greeted the simultaneous appointment of Kate Muir, another Times writer and novelist, to be the paper's film critic.

Mary Dejevsky: Ukraine is at last throwing off the shackles of the Cold War

This election was fought by and for Ukrainians, with no outside meddling

Yanukovych claims election 'fair'

Supporters of the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych danced in the snow in Kiev yesterday, celebrating the victory of their candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election, as international monitors praised the vote as free and fair.

Old foe set to crush Orange revolution

Ukrainian Prime Minister cries foul and threatens to challenge election result

Tymoshenko raises threat of second Orange Revolution

Rivals trade insults on eve of poll which will send one of them to political oblivion

Ukraine's ex-PM bounces back

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich was on course to clear the first round of voting in the Ukrainian presidential elections last night. Unofficial exit polls released before the close of polls revealed that the man whose corruption sparked the Orange Revolution was on track for a dramatic comeback, with 36.6 per cent of the vote. The same unconfirmed report, carried by the Russian Echo of Moscow Radio Station, put his arch rival Yulia Timoshenko on 26.4 per cent.

Disillusioned Ukrainians set to vote out Orange revolutionaries

Failure of alliance, and economic chaos play into hands of the old enemy

Talent 2010: The sportsman, Jack Wilshere

Not the least remarkable fact about Jack Wilshere is that his first name is not Jacques or Juan. This is because the 17-year-old is not only a rare English football talent but is also seen as potentially a vital force in the future of Arsenal, the club who frequently send out a team minus a single native-born player.

Mourinho breaks home jinx to send Inter through

Jose Mourinho's Internazionale ended a home winless run in the Champions League stretching back 14 months to go through to the knockout stages last night by beating Rubin Kazan 2-0.

Pictures Reframed: Leif Ove Andsnes & Robin Rhode, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The “pictures” of the title Pictures Reframed are Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; the “reframing” is down to video artist Robin Rhode.

BMI to shed 600 more jobs as losses mount

Struggling airline BMI is to cut almost a seventh of its workforce and close its final salary pension scheme as it struggles to reduce its losses.

Barça's beauty overwhelms Mourinho's beasts

Barcelona 2 Internazionale 0

Mourinho demands European win

Jose Mourinho, the Internazionale coach, is desperate for his players to recreate their Serie A form in the vital Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev tonight.

And everyone said the big clubs would have it easy...

At the European Cup draw, the continent's heavyweights seemed to have a stroll through to the knockout stages. So what went wrong? Pete Jenson on five titans fighting for survival this week

Small Talk: Hightex header hits the target

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