Sport Robin van Persie could miss the Netherlands' semi-final clash with Argentina through illness.

The Manchester United striker trained separately from the rest of the squad and remains a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina

Bryan Ruiz

Transfer news: Fulham confirm Bryan Ruiz has been told he can leave

The Costa Rica international is in discussion with various foreign clubs

Matt Butler: Tons of fun with a true colossus outweigh the claims of pub games

View from the Sofa: World’s Strongest Man, Channel 5/ PDC World Darts, Sky Sports 1

Classical album reviews: Tania Kross, Bruno Perrault & Matteo Ramon Arevalos, Thomas Zehetmair

Tania Kross, "Krossover – Opera Revisited" (Challenge Classics)

Awkward positioning: Francois Hollande goes for a handshake with Austrian President Heinz Fischer but misses the target

Let’s (not) shake on it! Pictures of international snubs prove François Hollande’s popularity problem

Images add insult to ignominy for the man who polls suggest is now the most unpopular French president in history

Johnny Heitinga

Transfer news: West Ham dealt a blow as Johnny Heitinga 'cancels' move and seeks different option

The Everton defender had been expected to join the Hammers' battle against relegation

Michael van Gerwen celebrates his victory in the PDC Darts World Championship final

Darts World Championship: Record breaking Michael van Gerwen delighted after 'unbelievable' final victory over Peter Wright

Van Gerwen became the youngest ever winner of the title having finished as runner-up last year

The fire took hold in the North Sea

North Sea ferry blaze: Two arrested on Newscastle-Amsterdam boat as six people airlifted to hospital

The vessel - run by a Danish shipping company between North Shields and the Netherlands - had 946 passengers and 130 crew on board

There are complaints that some airlines charge pilots up to £260 just for an interview

Even the pilots pay on some low-cost flights

Unions and novices are complaining that only the rich can afford to keep up their training

Michael van Gerwen celebrates during his third round victory over Gary Anderson

Darts World Championships: Mighty Michael van Gerwen avoids shock exit with comeback win over Gary Anderson

Adrian Lewis will join van Gerwen in the quarter-final's along with James Wade

Ricky van Wolfswinkel missed a first-half penalty for Norwich
Boere in court in 2009: he refused to apologise for his actions

Heinrich Boere: War criminal

Dutch-German soldier who was convicted for his role in murdering civilians as part of a Waffen SS hit squad

Carpetright's turnaround floored as profit and revenue fell in the first half

Tough conditions in Europe muted the modest success of Carpetright’s “self-help” efforts in the UK, as profit and revenue fell in the first half.

England has won bronze at the Argentina Hockey World League final

Hockey: Maddie Hinch’s shoot-out heroics help England win bronze

England won bronze at the Argentina Hockey World League final thanks to a shoot-out victory over the host nation in San Miguel de Tucuman on Sunday.

Robin van Persie together with Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie talks up importance of partnership with Wayne Rooney amid Manchester United woes

The pair have not been able to play together as much as they would have liked so far this term

Air quality regulations in Europe may not be sufficient to protect people from harmful sooty particles in traffic and factory fumes, research suggests

EU air quality rules are still too lax to protect us from pollution, study finds

Air quality regulations in Europe may not be sufficient to protect people from harmful sooty particles in traffic and factory fumes, research suggests.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker