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That Everton are even under discussion for fourth place is a miracle and – to the neutral – an unalloyed delight

Proms 45/46, Mullova/Barley/BBCSO/Volkov/Joseph, Royal Albert Hall (5/5, 4/5)

The hall was packed for the coming-together of Bernard Haitink and Emanuel Ax, two of the most seasoned maestri in the business, to deliver Brahms. But before ‘Piano Concerto No 1’, the great Dutch conductor and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe gave us Brahms’s ‘Symphony No 3’, prefaced by an illuminating programme-interview.

Israel's middle class launches mass protest at rising cost of living

Reports of 300,000 on streets across country as pressure for reform grows on Netanyahu

Simon Calder: Tel Aviv, Tripoli, Agadir. Wherever next for BMI?

The man who pays his way

Young Israelis in tent-city protests over rising prices

Israeli consumers, frustrated after years of spiralling food and housing prices, burst on to the streets of Tel Aviv this week with a popular protest that has transformed one of the city's smartest neighbourhoods into a hippie-style campsite.

Deported Israel campaigners return to the UK

Two British campaigners have arrived back in the UK after they were detained in Israel while trying to visit the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

West Brom set for talks with Peter Odemwingie

West Brom are to open talks with leading scorer Peter Odemwingie over a new contract, the player's agent has confirmed.

Claire Foy: 'I've surprised myself by not behaving like a massive knob'

I want to be an actress not a celebrity I don't want to get involved with that whole circuit, it's not me. I've been to a couple of red-carpet events; everyone's taking your photo, and you know one person there. It feels strange, like arriving at a party with no friends in sight. Why would you do that?

Palestinian woman dies after tear-gas attack at protest

The Israeli military said yesterday it was investigating the death of a Palestinian woman after she inhaled tear gas fired by soldiers during a protest against the military's separation barrier in the West Bank.

Avi Cohen: Footballer who played a significant cameo role in Liverpool's 1980 League title victory

The pundit who described Avi Cohen as "the Beckenbauer of the Middle East" might have been a trifle fanciful in his assessment, but Liverpool fans of a certain age will appreciate the image thus conjured of the poised, smoothly stylish Israeli international defender who played a small but telling part in the Merseysiders' League championship triumph of 1979-80.

Jewish activist faces jail for West Bank resistance

It is not every day that a leading Palestinian activist issues an emphatic statement of support for a Jewish Israeli – "this friend, whose friendship I am proud to share" – facing prison.

Michael Emenalo: 'An exceptional player and great person. He is the full package'

His appointment at Chelsea surprised many, but not those around the world who have worked with him before

Julie Burchill: Poor Lauren Booth – she would do anything to get in with the tough kids

Last year I took the first steps towards converting to Judaism; also last year, I abandoned my attempt. It was partly that I find it hard to stick at any discipline, being bone-idle and highly hedonistic (for instance, I was only a lesbian for six months), and I realised that Judaism was such an extraordinarily complex and rich religion that I would really have to commit to do it properly. As I can't even commit to Lost or any of those long American television shows, this seemed unlikely.

Diary: Sincere apologies, and thinly veiled contempt

We begin with gravely distressing – though unimpeachably exclusive – news from the High Court, where the first libel-related contempt case in memory seems imminent.

BBC slashes senior managers' pay

The BBC has cut the amount it pays senior managers by more than 10%, the corporation said today.

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