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Sicily: Bulgarian tourist killed in road accident is buried without family's knowledge after authorities mistake him for illegal African immigrant

Stoyan Zafirova's parents only learnt he had been run over by a car a week after the accident occurred

Juno Calypso, artist, 23

One to Watch: Juno Calypso, artist, 23

The new Cindy Sherman? Perhaps.

Stephen Lee denies all charges of match fixing and betting breaches

Snooker: Stephen Lee has 'case to answer' over match-fixing and suspicious betting, rules world body

World snooker No 8 Stephen Lee has "a case to answer", the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association has decided after an investigation into suspicious betting. Lee, 38, insists he is innocent.

Helen Mirren's doubts about royal re-appointment

Dame Helen Mirren has admitted to having misgivings about playing the Queen for a second time. The actress's 2006 Oscar-winning role as The Queen will be reprised in a West End play The Audience, which opens in February.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli reveals Mario Balotelli was nearly dropped

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he toyed with the idea of dropping Mario Balotelli from his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark after being left “hurt” by the Manchester City striker's decision to schedule laser eye surgery during the last international break.

Royal Navy minehunter returns from Gulf duty

A sailor has been reunited with his baby daughter after spending more than seven months at sea on board a Royal Navy mine hunter.

Zut alors, we're the language dunces of Europe

The first major study of the foreign language skills of Europe's teenagers confirmed what we all feared yesterday – we are the language dunces of the Continent. The survey of 16 nations – by the European Commission – revealed England was bottom in the rankings on reading, writing and listening.

Ngoni wins Soto 40 with race to spare

Tony Buckingham had already told alternate skipper Kevin Sproul to take the crew out to a celebration dinner for their three wins and two seconds start to the Soto 40 grand prix in Barcelona, and Sproul’s way of saying thank you included winning the event in Ngoni with a race to spare after another win and a second on today.

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Malta, Jordan

Less than £200... Soak up the culture in Barcelona on a two-night break for £173pp. The deal includes easyJet flights from Gatwick on 19 May and stylish accommodation with breakfast at the Rafaelhoteles Badalona, close to Montjuic. Lastminute.com

Juror jailed for contempt after jetting off to Malta

A juror has been jailed for 56 days after she said she was too sick to attend court and promptly jetted off on a two week holiday to Malta.

Vincent Tabone: President of Malta who also fought climate change

Few political personalities can look back at the past with as much satisfaction as Vincent Tabone.

Waterdrops, By John Lucas

In the “mostly sun-filled days” of summer 1944, two children, nine-year-old David and his younger sister Sarah, are holidaying with their grandparents in the country near Peterborough. Their mother should have come but has stayed behind, leaving the pair at a loose end, irritable. Back in Leicestershire, David had his pal Robin, his choir practice, the Fox gang, and his GI friend, Jay Krassner from Gary, Indiana, drummer in a swing band.

Deals of the week: Hand Picked Hotels, Malta, Morocco

Rural retreat

Hand Picked Hotels has today launched a promotion across its group of 18 luxury retreats dotted throughout the British Isles. The deal includes an overnight stay, breakfast and dinner with a glass of champagne and canapés for £145 per couple. It is being offered for stays taken between 1 February and 18 March; properties range from the 18th-century Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex to Crathorne Hall Hotel, a country manor house overlooking the Yorkshire Moors. Handpickedhotels.co.uk

Beached ship leaks fuel off France

High winds have beached a cargo ship off France's Atlantic coast and some of the 220 tons of fuel in its hold is leaking, threatening a local beach.

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor