Sport Leighton Baines

Everton furiously rejected United's approaches for the England defender last summer and hope to tie down his future after a breakthrough in negotiations

Nelson's 'coffin' up for sale

A box believed to be made of wood from a barrel that held Admiral Lord Nelson's body on its voyage back to Britain is up for sale at auction today.

Alarm as passenger jets bump at airport

Two planes carrying a total of 287 passengers collided today on the ground at Manchester airport. The aircraft touched wings as they were taxiing to the first runway.

Hudson birdie blitz stymies her compatriot Reid to warm the home fires

Rebecca Hudson captured her second title in the space of three weeks with a final round 64 at the weather-interrupted English Open. The Englishwoman came from four shots behind her compatriot, overnight leader Melissa Reid – who has been mentored by Sir Clive Woodward, the British Olympic Association's director of elite performance – to take the title by a stroke on a wet and windy day at The Oxfordshire Golf Club.

Germans told how to avoid British tourists

Germany's biggest-selling newspaper has printed a guide to help readers going abroad to avoid British tourists.

The Man Who Pays His Way: Why international understanding can be a matter of life or death

Flying became even safer this week; or at least it should have. Thirty-one years ago, the worst accident in the history of civil aviation took place at Los Rodeos airport in northern Tenerife. A bomb attack at Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria, had caused a number of aircraft to divert to Tenerife. Among them were Boeing 747s belonging to KLM and Pan Am. Fog sharply reduced visibility. The pilot of the Dutch plane was keen to get his passengers away, but a mix-up between him, the Pan Am captain and the air-traffic controller meant that he took off while the Pan Am jet was on the runway. All the KLM passengers and crew died, along with most of those on board the American aircraft; in total, 583 perished.

Julia Stephenson: The Green Goddess

'I'm opposed to nuclear power. We haven't even scratched the surface of what solar, wind and wood can do

Something To Declare: North Korea; Bali; Los Angeles; Tenerife

Destination of the week: North Korea

Sport on TV: Ol' Zeppelin-lips romances the edge off macho Razor

Neil "Razor" Ruddock was last seen in I'm An Otherwise Unemployable Ex-Footballer Get Me Out Of Here! or whatever it was called. He made a charity record with fellow jungle-dwellers Mike Read and Lord Brocket. On the snakes and ladders board of reality-TV awfulness it should be a few rungs up from that to Celebrity Wife Swap (Channel 4, Sunday). But not when your guest for the week is ol' Zeppelin-lips, Pete Burns.

Racing: McEvoy in hospital after fall at Australian racecourse

Kerrin McEvoy, second jockey to the Godolphin stable, has been taken to hospital in Melbourne after a fall at Flemington racecourse in Australia.

Bent, Trafalgar Studios, <br/> Rock'n'Roll, Duke Of York's, London

Still packing a terrible punch

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe / Aimard, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London <!-- none onestar twostar fourstar fivestar -->

What strange vocal noises the distinguished French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes when he conducts an orchestra: hummings, huffings and a kind of motorbike revving-up growl for emphases. Fortunately, it would take more than this to discommode so consummate an ensemble as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. One suspected they could give as polished and vivacious an account of Mozart's earliest fully characteristic symphony, No 29 in A major, without anyone to conduct them at all.

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Even during his supposed retirement, Jay-Z was still the biggest hip-hop artist around: a guest appearance became a highly sought-after commodity within the hip-hop world. His new album, reportedly titled Kingdom Come, is sure to be the biggest hip-hop record of the year.

The bitter legacy of defeat: The wounds of war

Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a controversial war shrine yesterday provoked anger across Asia. By David McNeill in Tokyo
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