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The Baltic state of Latvia is poised to get its first female prime minister after the President and leading parliamentary parties agreed on a single candidate.

Tourist jailed for urinating on statue

A British tourist who urinated on one of Latvia's most revered monuments was made an example of by the Baltic state yesterday and sentenced to five days in custody.

Hindus give praise to Ganges

Hundreds of Hindu devotees flocked to take a dip in the Ganges yesterday to celebrate Ganga Dashahara festival in the north Indian city of Allahabad.

Mark Ramprakash: What I've Learnt This Week

1. Whitgift and its wonderful biscuits beats Colchester's communal loos

West Indies v India 235-9: Dynamic Bravo strikes to leave India on back foot

The repercussions of the preceding one-day series were evident on the opening day of the first Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground yesterday.

Latvian father of four critically ill after racist stabbing by gang of 20 teenagers

A Latvian father who had moved to Britain to earn money for his four young children is critically ill after a racist knife attack.

Ray Simons

Campaigner for workers' rights in South Africa

Euro 2004 on TV: Dangers of a Clive broadcast - cock-ups, calamities and clichés

From Richmond to Riga they've been cursing Clive Tyldesley. ITV's main commentator is having a bad tournament, and not least for his unerring ability to, well, fluff his timing.

Superb Stepanovs keeps Germany at bay

Latvia 0 Germany 0

Czechs rescued as Heinz's late strike breaks brave Latvia

Czech Republic 2 Latvia 1

Czechs wary of Latvian threat

Some upsets are greater than others. While Greece's victory over the host nation drew gasps of surprise just about everywhere last weekend, it is widely assumed that a minor miracle is what Latvia will need to find a way past the Czech Republic in Aveiro this afternoon.

Lord Mayor welcomes expanded EU

Latvia's comebackputs paid to Turkey

Turkey 2 Latvia 2 Latvia win 3-2 on agg
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...