Sport Damir Dzumhur, world No 188, has reached the third round

When the Grand Slam tournaments upped their prize-money for players knocked out in the early rounds, they were thinking of people like Damir Dzumhur. Listen to the 21-year-old Bosnian's story and you appreciate that there is much more to this sport than the jet-setting world of multimillionaires such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1: Boyd's rescue act proves a timely reminder to Rangers

Kris Boyd is determined to leave Rangers manager Walter Smith with no option but to keep him in his team after netting twice against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League. Rangers headed into the break trailing to a Frazer Wright goal after just nine minutes but Boyd came to the rescue for the Ibrox club, converting from the penalty spot and claiming his second just four minutes later.

Esme Redzepova, Boulevard Nightclub, London

Macedonia's presence in Britain is nowhere near as large as Poland's, but this is their national day, and it looks as if every Macedonian in town has come to see their country's most famous singer, Esme Redzepova, aka Queen of the Gypsies, bring a spectacular and intimate night of showmanship and soul to this R&B, house and hip-hop nightclub. The bouncers have never seen anything like it.

Fletcher backs Burley as pressure mounts

George Burley awoke yesterday not only to a Monday-morning monstering at the hands of a national press on the verge of demanding his resignation but also to the news that one of Scotland's midfielders, Lee McCulloch, had told the Scottish FA he does not want to don an international shirt again as long as Burley is in charge.

Scotland escape sanction after anthem is booed anthem

Scotland will not face any sanctions from Uefa after Northern Ireland's national anthem was booed and jeered by the Tartan Army before Wednesday night's goalless friendly at Hampden.

McManus confident Scotland can cover for injured Ferguson

Stephen McManus, Scotland's stand-in captain, is optimistic they can cope without their regular captain Barry Ferguson as he feels midfield is his country's strongest position.

Crime reporter charged with murders he wrote kills himself

A Macedonian journalist charged with murdering two elderly women - crimes he wrote about for his paper - and being investigated in a third death has apparently killed himself in prison.

One shot dead and nine wounded as violence mars Macedonian polls

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski declared victory in Macedonia's early parliamentary election yesterday after a vote marred by reports of fraud and gunbattles that could deal a blow to the Balkan country's European Union and NATO aspirations.

Album: Perunika Trio, Introducing... (World Music Network)

Perunika is a blossom named after the mythical goddess of spring and eternal youth who is said to make rain when she milks her cloud-cows; Bulgarian villages traditionally held festivals led by girls clad in leaves and branches who sang and prayed for rain.

Boyd Tonkin: The View From Here

'So cool is Brand Brazil that only a jerk could object to this orgy of second-hand patriotism'

The Careers Adviser

How do I get into newspaper journalism? And can I change track with a classics degree?

Bloody day heralds birth of Iraq's new unity government

Iraq's new unity government was approved by parliament in Baghdad yesterday in what may be the last chance to hold Iraq together as a unitary state.

Disease, not conflict, ended the reign of Alexander the Great

Was the mightiest warlord in history killed by nothing more than the common mosquito? Jonathan Thompson investigates
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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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