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The pair were picked up Norwegian freighter en route for Rotterdam after previous attempts to help them failed

View from City Road: Beware black holes in trade

Britain's economic recovery over the next few years will hinge on trade, so the possibility that imports were underestimated by pounds 9bn last year is alarming.

Christ crucified is made ready to join the world of opera

An engineer preparing a giant crucifix for Mascagni's opera Cavelleria Rusticana which opens in Rotterdam on 19 January.

Flat Earth: Baked in a pie?

CHINA'S wildlife brigade has never hestitated to fill a gap in the market. So it should come as no surprise that a shipment of 1.9 million frozen Chinese sparrows landed in Europe last week. The cargo was confiscated at Rotterdam on its way to Italy where the shooting season is in full swing. Italian sportsmen will bang away at anything with wings, including butterflies, and have decimated the country's birdlife.

Cold sparrow

Customs officers seized a cargo of 1.9 million frozen sparrows, Reuter reports from Rotterdam. The cargo arrived from China and was ultimately bound for Italy.

Letter: Rioters condemned by their own boasts

Sir: Charles Ashmore's letter (16 October) in support of our soccer hooligans is, I believe, badly flawed. He claims that there has been no evidence of riots or fighting. I found graphic accounts of riots and fighting in several national newspapers - quoted from the hooligans' boastings (none of whom intended attending the match).

Football: Campaign unites Englishmen: Manchester's finest aim to produce more delights against the Turkish champions to help ease the post-Rotterdam depression

MANCHESTER UNITED'S England men returned from Rotterdam with tails lodged firmly between their legs but, good pedigree chums that they are, a brisk walk soon restored their spirits, and the European Cup will have them straining at the leash when Galatasaray come calling at Old Trafford tonight.

Football: Rotterdam referee defends his decision on Koeman

THE German referee criticised by Graham Taylor for his performance during England's World Cup defeat against the Netherlands in Rotterdam has defended his actions. 'I felt I refereed the game objectively,' Karl-Josef Assenmacher said. 'Three or four officials from Fifa told me that afterwards as well.'

Football: Supporters look on bright side: Clive White looks forward to the weekend's programme

ENGLAND'S supporters, urged (goaded would be more like it) by the Dutch to 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' when Wednesday evening in Rotterdam was at its gloomiest as far as the visitors were concerned, are expected to do just that this weekend with characteristic stiff upper lips.

Football: English history of befuddlement: Ken Jones on a national game at crisis level

NEXT month, or the month after, a committee is expected to sit in judgement on the England manager, Graham Taylor, whose fate probably was settled this week in Rotterdam.

English football fan jailed for assault on policeman: Five convicted in Rotterdam court as judge says Dutch fed up with violent guests in their country. David Connett reports

AN ENGLAND football fan was jailed for three weeks last night after being convicted of assaulting a police officer during disturbances in Rotterdam.

Leading Article: Conduct in a grand English tradition

IT IS an odd notion, widely put about yesterday, that the behaviour of English football fans in the Netherlands and the England XI's dismal performance in Rotterdam in some way damaged this country's reputation. The Sun, for example, thundered: 'How much longer are we going to allow mindless morons to drag our name through the gutters of Europe?'

Football hooligans face tear-gas in the US

AMERICAN police chiefs warned yesterday that serious outbreaks of football violence during the World Cup finals in their country next year would be met with tough action including tear-gas.

England supporters fall foul of Dutch police

DUTCH police arrested 400 England football supporters in Rotterdam yesterday as fans and police clashed before last night's crucial World Cup qualifying match. England's World Cup hopes were left in tatters after the team lost 2-0.

Football: The Boy Scout Taylor done bad ..: World Cup Wednesday: England travel hopefully to Rotterdam but a lack of conviction undermines their American ambitions. Eamon Dunphy finds serious flaws in a manager's football philosophy

SHORTLY after he was appointed England manager, Graham Taylor gave a briefing for the sports editors of northern newspapers. I happened to be staying at the Manchester hotel where this encounter took place. With a couple of hours to kill I joined a group of about 15 pressmen to hear what the new England manager had to say.

Football / World Cup: Dutch police warn fans

DUTCH police have promised to take stern action against unruly supporters at next Wednesday's World Cup qualifying tie between England and the Netherlands in Rotterdam.
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform