Sport Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm

Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm on Saturday night.

COMPETITION; DETAILS No 355

In which painting by which painter can you find this pole?

Dance: Dancing king

The drama of history and the dance form are not easy partners - can you imagine a dancing Rasputin? - but David Bintley's staging of Edward II suits its melodramatic telling of the story of a sexually dysfunctional Court

Edinburgh Festival 97: Hit or myth?

Malcolm Hayes picks his way through the labyrinthine musical history of Richard Strauss's 'Ariadne auf Naxos'

Rusedskislips in Stuttgart

Greg Rusedski is to withdraw from the Northern Electric Open in Jesmond next week after aggravating a groin injury in his second-round defeat by Sweden's Magnus Larsson in the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart yesterday.

`Dear Cousin Julius, we trust; on our God and on You...'

Every age has its quiet saviours. In 1938, Julius Hess was working in an American men's store when he rec eived a letter which was to plunge him into a battle to save a family he'd never met

Going, going, gong

The week on television

DANCE With John Percival

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham (0121-622 7486) 19-22, 28 Feb, 1 Mar The Sleeping Beauty; 25-27 Feb Dream/Song; then touring

Athletics: High hopes for Baulch and Hylton

Mike Rowbottom looks at the best prospects in this weekend's British world indoor trials

Athletics: Gunnell girded for the final hurdle

`I want to do one more year', the ex-champion tells Mike Rowbottom

Pavarotti hits bad note in Eigg

The residents of Eigg greeted reports that Luciano Pavarotti wants to build an opera centre on their island with a chorus of disapproval yesterday.

Letter: Wasteful lorries criss-cross Europe

Sir: Sarah Helm's article about the doubling of traffic through the Brenner Pass (4 December) touches on a wider issue, which affects every town and village in every EU country. Freedom from trade barriers has come to mean the freedom to send anything to anywhere, by road, if the supplier can make a profit. And profit to the supplier always means a loss to the environment which will never appear in the accounts.

Zaire military option ruled out

Western military officials failed to agree yesterday on intervention in eastern Zaire, and their estimate of the number of refugees signalled a rapidly waning interest in the crisis.

Tennis: Sampras too hot for ailing Agassi

Every time Pete Sampras has played Andre Agassi over the past 15 months, his game seems to move to a new level. In the latest chapter in the rivalry between the two Americans, Sampras thrashed Agassi 6-2, 6-1 yesterday to begin his attempt to win a third ATP World Championship title.

Arming Africa: Peace force reschedules meeting as events overtake plans

Gisenyi - The United States military said yesterday that a meeting in Germany of countries participating in a Canadian-led force to help refugees in Zaire had been rescheduled to a day later than originally planned.

Henman falls at the first again

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there