Captain Leon Smith punches the air during Britain’s victory over Russia

Davis Cup: GB reward for Russia victory may be tie against Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer

Leon Smith's team will learn their next opponents on Wednesday

Puritan made: The drive to hard work powered the Thatcher and Blair eras

The Protestant work ethic: Heaven knows I'm miserable now

It really does exist, and as jobs disappear, grafters are having to rethink their work-life balance

Bale will miss vital games after being carried off on a stretcher in draw against Basel

Players can fill Gareth Bale void at Tottenham insists Gylfi Sigurdsson

Bale was carried off injured last night

Death toll from Swiss Menznau shooting rises to five

A man wounded in a February shooting at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland has died — bringing the death toll to five including the suspected attacker.

Hot dog stuffed-crust pizza helps Domino’s unveil tasty results during cold snap

It may have been cold outside recently, but inside Britain’s homes punters have been devouring Domino’s hot dog stuffed-crust pizza in huge numbers.

Riders become tangled up during the Tour of Flanders

Cycling: Cancellara triumphant on a grim day for Sky

Fabian Cancellara powered to victory as he claimed his second Tour of Flanders title ahead of main rival Peter Sagan on a disappointing day for Team Sky in Belgium.

No Pats on the back: A meeting in Dublin on 12 April will decide whether Ireland will back Pat McQuaid for another term as UCI president

Cycing: Why the shadow of Lance Armstrong still hangs over Pat McQuaid

Will Ireland turn against its own as he bids for third term as UCI chief?

England's Rio friendly match against Brazil in doubt amid fears over stadium roof

World Cup warm-up game for Hodgson’s team in Brazil at risk due to problems with only two viable venues

Thrifty Swedes donate horsemeat cast-offs to homeless

Horsemeat-tainted lasagne will be donated to Church kitchen

Jérôme Cahuzac has not yet been formally accused of a crime

Minister in charge of tax evasion quits – in tax row

Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac's resigns over allegations of an illegal Swiss bank account

Swiss bow to EU over lures to global firms

Switzerland has bowed to pressure from Brussels to reform its corporate tax law after a row over the incentives it offers to multinational firms, its Finance Minister said yesterday.

Six men arrested over gang-rape of Swiss tourist in India appear in court as police say woman must share blame for attack

Latest attack just three months after fatal gang-rape of woman in New Delhi

French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac under new pressure over Swiss bank account

The French minister responsible for fighting tax evasion has denied renewed claims that he once had an illegal Swiss bank account.

Swiss banker accused of helping US clients avoid tax accidentally sent details to authorities

A Swiss banker alleged to have helped 60 people hide some $184 million from US taxmen has landed most of his miscreant clients in court after accidentally posting a list of their names and incriminating details to the authorities, state prosecutors have confirmed.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links