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The Cameroonian scored a hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup named as new Swansea manager

Michael Laudrup has vowed Swansea will continue to play their traditional passing game under his leadership.

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup and Swansea 'match made in heaven' claims Jan Molby

Former Swansea manager Jan Molby believes his old club and compatriot Michael Laudrup are a "match made in heaven".

Michael Laudrup

Swansea close in on appointment of Michael Laudrup

Swansea could announce a replacement for departed manager Brendan Rodgers before the weekend, with former Denmark international Michael Laudrup emerging as the favourite in the last few days.

Manuel Preciado

Coach Manuel Preciado dies of heart attack day before unveiling as new Villarreal manager

Manuel Preciado, who was due to be unveiled as the new coach of Villarreal tomorrow, has died of a heart attack, the Spanish club have confirmed.

Third Majorca hotel fall death as 23-year-old woman plunges from balcony

A British tourist has died after reportedly falling from a hotel balcony in Majorca - the third Briton to die on the Spanish island in less than a month.

Spanish court drops Saudi prince's rape case

A court has dropped a rape case against a Saudi prince, saying his accuser's allegations were inconsistent.

Iñaki Urdangarin, pictured with his wife Princess Cristina de Borbon, denies any wrongdoing

Son-in-law of Spanish King 'stole millions of euros of public money'

For months Iñaki Urdangarin, the King of Spain's son-in-law, has been at the centre of a full-scale legal investigation – and correspondingly sensational newspaper headlines – about the alleged siphoning off millions of euros of public money to tax havens across the world.

'Femme', 1980 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Miro: Sculptor, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Everyone knows Miro as the artist of big, colourful canvases – but this survey of his sculpture gives him another dimension

Bournemouth's beach 'better than most in Med' says survey

Bournemouth is a match for the Costas and the Canaries when it comes to beaches, according to a survey today.

Le Couvent d'Hérépian, France

The Big Six: Convent hotels

Le Couvent d'Hérépian, France

Travel Agenda: Québec City's winter carnival; Spies in the House of Art; London Fashion Week; Mallorca's La Residencia hotel

Today: The world's largest winter carnival is taking place in Québec City. The annual event has been running since 1894 and continues with night parades, snow sculptures, sleigh rides, husky races and an Arctic Spas Village in the Canadian city until Sunday 12 February(carnaval.qc.ca).

Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian is the subject of a bid from Chelsea

Chelsea bid for Willian rejected claim Shakhtar Donetsk

Chelsea have failed with a bid to sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian, according to the Ukrainian champions.

Spanish royal ordered to court over claims

A judge yesterday subpoenaed the son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos to testify as a suspect in a corruption case, deepening a public relations nightmare for the royal family at a time of acute economic crisis.

Spanish royal Inaki Urdangarin in corruption probe

The son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos has been summoned to appear before a judge as a suspect in a corruption case.

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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

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness