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Hard as they battled, Glasgow were no match for a glittering Toulon side, who sailed into the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup as the winners of pool two after a 15-8 victory powered by Jonny Wilkinson’s boot.

Parmalat man’s secret £90m hoard of masterpieces is seized

Italian tax investigators have seized works by artists including Van Gogh, Picasso and Cézanne in raids on properties belonging to a disgraced businessman judged to have been largely responsible for Europe's greatest ever corporate bankruptcy.

Typhoon slams into northern Philippines

A powerful typhoon slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines today, tearing roofs off houses and uprooting trees, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The original is still best: Win a hamper

Discover where your food comes from and win a hamper from some of Europe’s finest food and drink regions

Chard times: Skye Gyngell celebrates the earthy delights of this fibrous vegetable

When I was young my least-favourite vegetables in the world were spinach and chard – they were always overcooked and under-seasoned and something I had to force myself to eat, gagging, before I could leave the table. Thankfully, things have changed and I can honestly say that chard is probably my favourite vegetable in the world. Now, I would quite happily eat a plate of chard all on its own with nothing more as an accompaniment than a good drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Salad of Parma ham, figs, tomatoes, dates and basil

This salad is simple and light, comprising ripe, sweet, summer dates pinned down with the slightly salty flavour of the Parma ham. Heritage tomatoes are not difficult to find these days and the basil here I have seemed to grow very easily this year in my garden at home. You don't have to use either these tomatoes or the basil – but do make sure the ingredients are ripe.

Jewel of the Med: Skye Gyngell reveals how figs can add perfumed subtlety to sweet and savoury dishes

Plump, soft and delectable, figs have grown around the Mediterranean for 10,000 years. Their honeyed, perfumed flavour combines beautifully with almost all the other ingredients to be found in southern Europe.

Emilia Romagna: they keep a welcome in these hillsides

She was born in Britain, but her roots are Italian. That's why top chef Angela Hartnett likes to regularly visit her grandmother's village in northern Italy. It's also home to some great food. Interview by Andy Lynes

Mallett out to hammer the Scots

Nick Mallett is not exactly a man you would want to run into in the Eternal City on this particular day, the Ides of March, especially if you happen to be the Scottish rugby union team. After all, Italy's Hertfordshire-born, South African-raised head coach hit Ian Botham for three sixes in one over in his Oxford University days and subjected Scotland to something approaching a cricket score when his Springboks ran in 10 tries in a record 68-10 win at Murrayfield in 1997.

Top that: Add some zing to your dishes with Skye Gyngell's herb-infused sauces

For me, cooking is all about taking really good ingredients and maximising their flavour. It's a case of doing as little as possible, just turning up the volume and letting the produce take centre-stage. I think of my own style of cooking as being low on technique but high on flavour.

United States to renew ties to Libya after more than 25 years

The United States said Monday it is restoring normal diplomatic relations with Libya for the first time in over a quarter century after removing Moammar Gadhafi's regime from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Round-Up: Contepomi on song as Leinster stun Bourgoin

Leinster moved into a commanding position in Pool Two of the Heineken Cup at Lansdowne Road last night with the third biggest win in the 10-season history of Europe's premier club competition.

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