Keothavong heads for rankings boost

Anne Keothavong continued her superb run of form to reach the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Open with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Iveta Benesova.

Flynn still wants job despite latest Welsh slip

Switzerland 4 Wales 1

Cycling: Muted reaction to Contador suspension

Rider reaction to overnight revelations that Alberto Contador failed a doping test while winning the Tour de France this year has been muted so far at the road cycling world championships.

No parting shot from Bellamy as he drops down to Cardiff

Craig Bellamy maintained yesterday that there were no hard feelings about his departure from Manchester City. There had been intense speculation about the striker's future since he revealed ahead of Wales' match against Luxembourg last week he was not going to be included in City's 25-man Premier League squad. Bellamy yesterday dropped down to the Championship with Cardiff, his hometown club, on a season-long loan, despite top-flight clubs in England and Scotland lining up to sign him.

International round-up: No party for Keane's century as Irish suffer at hands of Di Maria

Argentina dampened down the celebrations surrounding the Republic of Ireland's return to Lansdowne Road and Robbie Keane's 100th cap by easing to a 1-0 win in Dublin last night.

Desmond comes to the rescue of Five with £104m deal

The media tycoon Richard Desmond last night sealed his takeover of Five, the channel whose hit shows include CSI and Neighbours, in a deal worth £103.5m.

Tour de France: Contador takes yellow jersey

Alberto Contador today seized the Tour de France lead after taking advantage of yellow jersey incumbent Andy Schleck's mechanical problem on stage 15.

Tour de France: Wiggins in trouble as top two go clear

A lethal alliance composed of the favourites Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck turned the battle for yellow into a two-way duel yesterday on the toughest Alpine climb of the 2010 Tour. While Bradley Wiggins suffered again in the mountains and slid to sixteenth overall, the Spanish champion and his young rival from Luxembourg put clear water between themselves and the pack.

Cycling: Truce called after second day of collisions leaves several injured

A second day of spectacular crashes on the Tour de France involving British favourite Bradley Wiggins, American champion Lance Armstrong and last year's runner-up, Andy Schleck, saw the main contenders call a truce and cross the finish line grouped together behind stage winner Sylvain Chavanel.

BA pays damages to passenger who was moved

A male passenger who claimed British Airways discriminated against him has received an apology and compensation from the airline.

Leading article: Natural disasters demand a radical new response

The world's system of dealing with earthquakes and floods is outdated

Mini porn shows lose tax exempt battle

Sex shops showing films in cubicles lost their battle today to charge the same lower VAT rate as ordinary cinemas.

'They have tried to destroy me' says rising star of Parisian art world

In two years, Marc Restellini has shaken up the Parisian art scene. The popularity of his shows far exceeds that of his rivals but his success has created enemies within the establishment.

Prosecutor accused of bias after Villepin cleared

Hollywood is not alone in loving repeats: France faces a “Trial of the Century II”. The Paris public prosecutor was accused today of “persecution” and “political bias” after he appealed against the acquittal of former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on charges of smearing President Nicolas Sarkozy.

England among top seeds for Euro 2012

England have been named among the top seeds for February's European Championship qualifying draw - but Scotland are in the third band after falling down the rankings.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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