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Vaclav Havel in 1989. Two weeks later he was elected first president of the than Czechoslovakia when the state communist system crumbled in the Velvet Revolution

Former Czech leader Vaclav Havel dies age 75

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who turned to politics to help peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia, has died at the age of 75.

Boris Johnson is promoting a £8.30 an hour 'living wage' for Londoners 

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Tesco's sales drop for fourth successive quarter

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Britain face tough tie with Slovakia

The equation is simple. If Andy Murray plays, Britain will have a fighting chance of competing for a place in the Davis Cup's elite World Group next September. If the world No 4 does not play, they face a battle to avoid returning to Europe Africa Zone Group Two, effectively the cup's third division.

Cycling: Wiggins still leads after Sagan win

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan scored a second victory this year after winning a mass sprint in the 12th stage of the Vuelta in the Galician port of Pontevedra yesterday. Britain's Bradley Wiggins held on to the overall lead.

McCann: Northern Ireland have massive belief

Northern Ireland are in a familiar position this evening. Coming round the final bend of their qualification campaign, they have fought their way into a competitive position. To reach their first tournament since 1986, though, more is required, starting with a challenging game against Serbia at Windsor Park.

Whelan warns about Republic's 'gung-ho' approach

Glenn Whelan insists the Republic of Ireland will not jeopardise their Euro 2012 hopes by taking a gung-ho approach to their must-win game with Slovakia in Dublin tomorrow.

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe, By Andrzej Stasiuk, trans. Michael Kandel

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