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.

Researchers reveal the real austerity Olympics: The political refugee games of 1948

It was the real austerity Olympics. Whilst the rest of the world's top athletes were asked to bring their own towels and handed out Horlicks tablets by the authorities in London 1948, the spirit of the Games was being enacted in even more Spartan surroundings than the bombed out British capital.

Robbie Grabarz on his way to high jump victory

Grabarz reaches high to grab European gold for Britain

High-jumper Robbie joined by Welsh 400m hurdler in race to set standard for London

Man dies in Southsea 'landsurfing' accident

A 26-year-old man has died after hitting a concrete post while "landsurfing" - a new form of skateboarding.

Howard Jacobson: France brings out something preposterous in us, like the hunt for the perfect croissant

Life gurus tell us we should live in the present. I tell them there’s no such place

Old-school routes into medicine

Ancient institutions are in rude health for UK students

Lithuanian police arrest 39 in child custody case

Riot police helped a mother regain custody of her 8-year-old daughter today in a tragic case that has riveted Lithuania for three years and led to three deaths.

On The Eve: The Jews Of Europe Before The Second World War, By Bernard Wasserstein

This moving and scrupulous history recreates a world on the edge of its extinction.

Mark Cavendish holds Delilah Grace after yesterday’s win

Cycling: Cavendish plays proud dad after second victory

Winning sprint stages of big cycle races is child's play for Britain's Mark Cavendish.

Cycling: Lithuanian is in the pink in Giro

Ramunas Navardauskas took the Giro d'Italia lead yesterday after helping his Garmin-Barracuda team win the time-trial on stage four.

Rebuilding Europe: Refugees returning to Berlin after the Second World War

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two, By Keith Lowe

In his memoir If This is a Man, the Italian writer Primo Levi recalls that the most terrifying time for him at Auschwitz was not the years of incarceration by the Nazis, when beatings, hunger, back-breaking work and the threat of murder were omnipresent. He came closest to despair during the vacuum between the flight of the guards and the arrival of the Red Army. This period, in which the prisoners were effectively left to their own devices, was characterised by a complete breakdown of all authority, however unjust, as well as the system of supply. I was reminded of these passages when reading Keith Lowe's Savage Continent: an excellent account of the two years or so between the end of hostilities in Europe with the defeat of Hitler, and the establishment of the Cold War order.

Track burns and bruises for Victoria Pendleton as she crashes out in the first race of yesterday's best-of-three sprint semi-final – but she went on to beat Australia's Anna Meares 2-1

Cycling: Fallen hero Pendleton shrugs off crash to win gold

Victoria Pendleton took Britain's gold-medal tally to four in dramatic style here at the Track World Championships yesterday by claiming the women's sprint title for a record-equalling sixth time.

Tearful Pendleton strikes gold in Melbourne

A tearful Victoria Pendleton today declared her sixth Track Cycling World Championships sprint title as the most important of her career as she moved into pole position for the London Olympic Games with victory in Melbourne.

Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in action during Day Two of the Davis Cup

Britain on brink of Davis Cup win

Britain moved within one win of an improbable Davis Cup victory over Slovakia as Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins put the hosts into a 2-1 lead after the second day of their Europe Africa Zone Group One tie at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow yesterday.

HMRC issues closure threat to Hearts

Heart of Midlothian were yesterday threatened with liquidation by HM Revenue & Customs, after failing to pay a tax bill.

Cavendish crosses the line in Qatar

Cycling: Mark Cavendish claims first win for Team Sky

Mark Cavendish claimed his first win for Team Sky as a trademark sprint finish earned him victory in stage three of the Tour of Qatar.

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