On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations
Michael Butler had been at the forefront of Britain's international relations longer than the Queen when he neatly tied up the details of the nation's budget rebate from the European Union with a word to the German finance ministry. His quiet tête à tête with the future head of the German central bank, Professor Hans Tietmeyer – then finance ministry deputy secretary-general – without telling the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was against the rules and could have lost him his job as Britain's Permanent Representative to the European Commission, but his intrigue worked.
O'Neill has been in charge since December 2011
Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years
The Eurovision Song Contest has introduced new rules to combat bribery after supporters of Azerbaijan’s entry were accused of buying votes at this year’s event.
Shaun Maloney lifted Scotland off the bottom of their group when he grabbed a late winner against Macedonia in Skopje but it was Ikechi Anya who impressed most, the Watford winger inspiring Gordon Strachan's side to victory.
A look ahead to tonight's World Cup qualifier in Stade Josy Barthel
Terry Devon was an award-winning British vocalist of the 1940s and early 1950s who was known as much for her scat singing as for more conventional performances. As part of the Keynotes she was a resident singer on the BBC comedy series Take It From Here, but she retired to raise her family and to support her husband, the showbusiness manager and agent, Tito Burns.
OECD reports budgets are down by 4 per cent but Britain sticks to foreign-spending target
It overtook eBay as the preferred marketplace for traders to use to sell their goods. But online retailers may be soon returning to eBay in droves after Amazon put up its fees for traders by as much as 70 per cent.
45-year-old twins were born deaf and requested to die after being told they were both going blind
The former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is a rebel not afraid to take on Israel’s supporters
14 July: David Haye v Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora
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