Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic at Chester Races following the announcement Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping down

Rio Ferdinand claims the Manchester United squad are 'delighted' with the appointment of David Moyes

Defender says the Everton manager is the right choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson

Snooker: 'Dechawat Poomjaeng can win title,' says Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui has claimed his "crazy" friend Dechawat Poomjaeng can prove he is far from a one-match wonder by landing the World Championship title.

Postcard from... Thailand

Deals of the week - Nice, Tunisia, Thailand

Less than £200... Escape the big freeze with a short break to the more temperate climes of southern France. British Airways Holidays has a three-night city break in Nice for £160 per person, staying at the Hôtel Comté with room-only board and flights from Gatwick on 21 April. Ba.com/nice

Kuala slumper: Luke Donald admits struggling to find form in Malaysia

Luke Donald fails to ride storm as he sets dismal record

Luke Donald missed the first halfway cut of his professional career in a regular European Tour event after adding a 73 to his opening 74 at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Rape in India: Leaders need to prove they want to make their country safe for women

India needs to prove a series of measures that show the authorities take rapes and sexual assaults seriously

Thai children dressed as elephants and tigers at the Cites conference in Bangkok

Thai ivory-trade ban backed by Prince William

A global push to halt illegal ivory trading that leads to the slaughter of 30,000 elephants a year was backed by Prince William today.

Nicky the baby rhino with David Attenborough in the last of BBC1’s Africa series

Three ivory traders for every Thai elephant

The host nation for this weekend's global conservation gathering is called to account for its role in African elephant poaching

PSY, right, performs at South Korean president inauguration ceremony of new President Park Geun-hye, left

Inauguration style: Psy – and warning from the North – greet Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s first female President

Park Geun-hye took office as South Korea’s first female President today, returning to the presidential mansion she had known as the daughter of a dictator.

10 injured in Thailand bombings

Suspected insurgents have detonated two bombs that wounded 10 people and staged a series of minor attacks in nearly 30 spots in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said.

Thai web store is next pin on Tesco's world map

Supermarket giant to add to its overseas empire with internet groceries

'I'm a Marine get me out of here!': Stomach-churning images show US soldiers drinking cobra blood

Soldiers pictured are among 13,000 taking part in an annual jungle challenge

Thailand gang-rape: British student 'attacked by four men as she walked home'

Thai officials were searching for four men after a British student claimed she was gang-raped in the city of Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

Thai police during the attack on the base yesterday

Killing of Thai militants in botched raid reawakens world to overlooked insurgency

The killing of 16 militants during a botched raid on a military base in southern Thailand has drawn attention to one of the world’s most brutal and overlooked insurgencies.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor