News A policeman stands in front of the residence of Palestine ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal on January 1, 2014 in Prague

The mystery surrounding a New Year’s Day blast that killed the Palestinian ambassador to Prague as he opened a safe at his residence deepened on Thursday as police confirmed they had found weapons at his embassy and staff denied reports that the safe had an explosive anti-burglar device, which had been mistakenly detonated.

My life in travel: Misha Glenny

'I walked into an open sewer in Iran. I felt I'd be happier dead'

Hartley dedicated to Scottish cause

The Scotland midfielder Paul Hartley has reiterated his commitment to the national side after Steven Fletcher became the sixth player to withdraw from George Burley's squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic tomorrow.

Album: Martinu, Violin Concerto No 2/ Serenada/Toccata – Faust/Belohlavek et al(Harmonia Mundi)

Martinu's spicy orchestration and melodic voice are vividly realised in this engaged performance of the Second Violin Concerto from Isabelle Faust, Jiri Belohlavek and the Prague Philharmonia. Imagine Dvorak rewritten by Gershwin and Poulenc, and you'll have an idea of the balance of sentimental tradition and sharp-suited modernity.

I Served the King of England (15)

Forty years after Closely Observed Trains, Jiri Menzel has adapted another of his fellow Czech Bohumil Hrabal's novels. An old man named Jan Dite (Oldrich Kaiser) recalls his youthful adventures as a waiter prior to the Second World War.

Vivaldi's long-lost opera returns to Prague after 278 years

After hunting the missing manuscript down in a German archive, Czech conductor revives 'Argippo'

Claire Beale's Best in Show: Adi Dassler

You might not have heard of Adi Dassler. But I bet you've worn his work. He was the founder of adidas and made his first sports shoe by hand in 1925.

Heads on Beds: Aria Hotel, Prague

Checking in to Prague's most musical hotel

Album: Janacek

The Excursions of Mr Broucek – Belohlavek/BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon

Plate With A View: Hanavsy Pavilon, Prague

High above the Vltava river stands a remarkable pseudo-Baroque, cast-iron pavilion built in 1891 on the orders of Prince William of Hanau. The German aristocrat wanted to show the wonders that could be achieved by workers at his factory in Komarov at Prague's Land Jubilee Exhibition.

Shaping up in Prague

How can you get children interested in architecture? Take them to the Czech capital and play 'Spot The Sad Lady', says Adrian Mourby

Johnny Grande

Original member of Bill Haley and His Comets

Friends with Money (15)

Friends with Money is Desperate Housewives with the make-up scraped off. There are no fugitives chained up in basements or bodies buried under swimming pools, but there are four female friends who aren't sure, with middle-age looming, if their lives are everything they should have been. Catherine Keener co-writes screenplays with her husband, but can hardly bear to live with him any more, let alone collaborate with him. Joan Cusack and her husband have so much money that they literally don't know what to do with it. Frances McDormand is prone to furious outbursts at anyone who steals her parking space. And Jennifer Aniston, having quit her teaching job, works as a maid when she's not stalking a married ex-boyfriend.

Questions Of Cash: Why won't bank give me a debit card?

Q. I am 26, a bond trader, earn a good income and live within my means. I live in rented accommodation and have no debts and several thousand pounds in savings. But during my late teens and early twenties I frequently went overdrawn. I also had a joint mortgage with Nationwide for a year and was sometimes late making payment. I split with my partner and the mortgage was repaid in full.

St Helens 42 Bradford 18: Long makes short work of Bulls

Imperious display as Saints prove Bradford's nemesis again
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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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