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Sir Alex Ferguson has been on the phone and there is a pile of nine DVDs of Czech Republic matches to watch. "I go from being here most of the time," says Craig Levein of his workload as he holds his hand low, palm down. "Then all of a sudden it's up here." He smiles as he raises his arm, but the impression is still of a serious, often intense manager; he reflects, in his tone and his mood, the gravity of the events Scotland are about to face.

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EU aid to Arab nations may be linked to reforms

Britain is pressing the European Union to threaten to halt aid to countries in the Arab world who do not live up to their promises on democracy, human rights and economic reform.

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A German court yesterday convicted three men of fraud for their part in the most serious match-fixing scandal to hit European football. A World Cup qualifier and a Champions League qualifier were among more than 20 games fixed by Ante Sapina, a Croat who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

To let, for £40,000 a night: Small country adjoining Austria. (May contain Liechtensteiners)

It's an attractive Alpine retreat, offering excellent skiing, a fairy-tale castle and a compact 62 square miles to explore. And now, the entire country of Liechtenstein is yours to hire (allegedly) for just £40,000 a night.

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One might have assumed that renting an entire country would be the most extortionate of transactions. But the Principality of Liechtenstein is allegedly available for a remarkably reasonable £40,000 a night.

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Britain is entering into talks with three tax havens which could help raise £10 billion for the Treasury by 2015, it was revealed today.

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Scotland manager Craig Levein has stressed that beating the Faroe Islands is his main aim next week despite naming an experimental squad for the Pittodrie friendly.

Swiss account holders could face interest tax charges

UK taxpayers with Swiss bank accounts could soon be forced to pay tax on the interest they earn on savings held there, it emerged today.

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England's long-term future looks good as Under-21 Euro stars reach finals and clamour for senior service.
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