The EU job contest dawns (don't wait up)

Will the new President be a Belgian, a Latvian, or even a Brit? Only one thing is certain: it won't be a snap decision

The Benelux rat pack scrabbling for presidency

As history is celebrated on the streets of Berlin today, behind the scenes, another, though more discreet, chapter in European history may also be penned in that same city.

Luxembourg PM fights Blair for EU presidency

Luxembourg's Prime Minister has fired the starting-gun in the race to become EU President by confirming his interest in the job.

Mark Steel: Just when you thought it was safe to come out again

This is what Blair does: he wrecks a place, then gets the job of uniting it

Wozniacki denies part in betting scandal

Caroline Wozniacki insisted today she did nothing wrong when quitting a match while leading 7-5, 5-0, saying the decision had nothing to do with betting.

Villepin censures Sarkozy at start of slander trial

The former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin lashed out at Nicolas Sarkozy at the start of a slander trial involving alleged dirty tricks by politicians and businessmen. "I am here because of the determination of one man. Nicolas Sarkozy," Mr Villepin, one of four defendants, said.

Warning over holiday sick leave ruling





A landmark legal ruling allowing workers to claim back holiday time lost to illness will expose employers to exploitation, it was warned today.

Scotland freeze in Norway

Norway 4 Scotland 0

Andy Sawford: Only a radical shift of power will save the British justice system

Through its tacit acceptance of the status quo, the UK's political community has allowed a very bad system to reach the brink of crisis.

EU presidency welcomes Netanyahu's speech

The presidency of the European Union today welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Sunday speech giving his endorsement - albeit with conditions - to a Palestinian state.

Observations: Who really put Baby in a corner?

Comedy has always been a pursuit with low overheads and, if recent awards are anything to go by, it's now become something of a cottage industry. Last November Ashton and George, two teens who broadcast from their bedrooms, won the inaugural MySpace Comedy Award and on Monday [11 May] Helen Zaltzman, a freelance journalist, Olly Mann, a former TV producer, and Martin Austwick, a medical physicist will find out if their podcast "Answer Me This", recorded in Zaltzman's front room, has landed the much bigger gong of a Sony Radio Award.

Hundreds of miles of ice drop from Antarctic shelf

New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from a shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said today.

Eardley shows mature side after drop to Wales juniors

Neil Eardley refused to sulk after he was parachuted into the Wales Under-21 squad for the double-header against Luxembourg. The Oldham full-back has nine senior caps, after progressing from a side which has produced a dozen players that are now in the senior squad.

Latest Fortis bid may be third time lucky

The plan may finally win Fortis shareholder support
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape