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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee