News Vladimir Antonov, former chairman of Portsmouth football club and former director of Bankas Snoras AB; he and Baranauskas are wanted in Lithuania in connection with an alleged multimillion-pound fraud at a bank formerly controlled by Antonov

The former owner of Portsmouth Football Club faces trial in Lithuania over a £400 million bank fraud after failing to convince a judge that he could be killed if he was extradited.

Britain's Davis Cup plans rocked by Baker ankle injury

Great Britain's preparations for this weekend's Davis Cup tie against Lithuania suffered a serious setback when Jamie Baker, who is one of the three contenders for the two singles berths, pulled out after suffering an ankle injury in training in Vilnius yesterday.

Sharp fall in asylum seekers arriving in UK

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Britain has fallen sharply, according to official figures released today.

Lloyd goes green with Davis Cup squad

With Murray unavailable captain forced to pick untried players for Lithuania rubber

Students to miss out as university applications soar

A record number of students applied for university places this year but unions warned funding cuts would leave many disappointed.

Murray turns back on Davis Cup duty

Britain will have to begin their fight to escape the depths of the Davis Cup's third tier without their best player. Andy Murray, speaking yesterday in Perth on the eve of his first appearance of the year, in the Hopman Cup, said he would not be available for the Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie away to Lithuania in March.

Appeal over danger men wanted abroad

Scotland Yard appealed today for help to trace 10 dangerous criminals hiding in Britain who are wanted overseas.

Observations: The boozed-up Lithuanian peasants who appeal to Martin Parr

A skinny, middle-aged, man, stripped to the waist, is dropping his trousers. His right hand rests on the lid of a bin, inches from a strutting chicken. Next to him, his grinning wife is holding a piglet upside-down. This exceedingly strange image, along with a surreal, flinch-inducing shot of a man blow-torching the belly of a dead pig in the snow while a chicken perches patiently on his bent back, helped the Lithuanian photographer Rimaldas Viksraitis win the 2009 Arles Discovery Award for new photography.

Murder-suicide theory over couple's deaths

Police have identified a Lithuanian couple who were found dead two weeks ago.

Artist to have an epileptic fit live on stage

Sufferers' charities express concern over deliberately voyeuristic project that has received an Arts Council grant

Henry not expecting Ireland revenge

France striker Thierry Henry does not believe the Republic of Ireland will take to the field at the Stade de France this evening intent on revenge.

Gibbs moves into cup mix as Under-21s pip Portugal

England U-21 1 Portugal U-21 0

Cycling: Houvenaghel strikes gold for five-star GB

Wendy Houvenaghel won Great Britain's fifth gold from eight events at the Track World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome last night.

MI5 kept secret file on Harold Wilson

The Security Service MI5 kept a secret file on Harold Wilson throughout his years as an MP and prime minister, it was disclosed today.

Lithuania await relegated Britain

Britain will break new ground next year after being paired with Lithuania in yesterday's Davis Cup draw.

Murray tells team-mates they are not good enough

Britain relegated in Davis Cup after Scot beats pain but Evans posts a poor effort
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