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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.

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

Football fans have to remember to take an ever-expanding assortment of paraphernalia with them to matches these days: ticket and scarf, whistle, fog-horn, rattle and – as of recently – a beach ball.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003