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

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Two e-fit images believed by detectives to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

Madeleine McCann: Police issue two e-fit images in new appeal

Latest investigation into 2007 disappearance has ‘significantly changed’  accepted version of events

Ripple effect: A Viking River Cruises vessel on the Danube

Cruise Report: Never mind the date, it's time to start Christmas planning

It's still October. The clocks haven't even gone back yet and probably the last thing you want to think about is Christmas shopping. However, forward planning will reward with enjoyable alternatives away from the high street.

Caffè Nero bypasses the taxman again

The coffee chain Caffè Nero paid no corporation tax for the third year in a row despite making a pre-tax profit of £21.1m, up 11 per cent on last year, according to its latest accounts.

Milos Zeman (left) thanked Israel's Shimon Peres for referring to his country as Czechia

What's in a name? Czech Republic mulls shock rebranding as Czechia

Support is growing for a national name change. But would ‘Czechia’ really do the trick?

€8.8bn of royalty payments channelled through Bermuda by Google

Royalty payments amounting to €8.8bn were channelled to Bermuda by the US internet giant Google last year.

Cigarette companies accused of supplying black market in Britain

MPs says Treasury is being cheated by firms that deliberately flood European markets

Jack Wilshere was pictured smoking last week

Jack Wilshere debate: The problem with English football isn't foreigners, it's lack of foreign tactics

English players, English tactics, English glory?

A marijuana 'grow room'. Dutch 'scratch and sniff' cards to be rolled out to familiarise people with smell

Netherlands to roll out cannabis-scented 'scratch and sniff' cards to encourage Dutch to grass on growers

Pilot scheme has been hailed as a success after 20 per cent rise in people able to identify whiff of cultivation

This picture taken in Brussels shows a Belgian 'euthanasia kit'. MPs will debate rolling out the practice to under-18s and dementia-sufferers this week

Belgian MPs to debate extending euthanasia laws to under-18s and Alzheimer’s patients

The country already has some of the most relaxed laws on medically-assisted suicide in the world

Madeleine McCann: The girl was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007

Madeleine McCann case: Police trace phone records of people who were in Praia da Luz in 2007

Police are attempting to trace mobile phones linked to 31 countries to identify thousands of people who were in the Algarve town of Praia da Luz when Madeleine McCann went missing six years ago, Scotland Yard said.

Jailed businessman Christopher Tappin to complete sentence in the UK

The former freight company boss found guilty of selling missile batteries to Iran returns from the US to serve the remaining 14 months of his sentence.

Robin van Helsum seen across a Berlin courtroom

Dutchman sentenced for ‘Forest Boy’ hoax on German authorities

Robin van Helsum, 21, claimed to be a 17-year-old waif who had roamed the woods of central Europe for five years, and cost taxpayers £25,000 while staying in a social services hostel

Marco van Ginkel with Jose Mourinho

Marco van Ginkel not expected to play for Chelsea again this season following injury in Capital One Cup

£8m signing has had an operation on his anterior cruciate ligament

James Moore: Tax-avoiding firms sell developing world short

Outlook That's not to excuse businesses from paying the low levels of corporation tax levied in the UK. The problem is too many treat it as an optional charge payable only by those who don't have accountants smart enough to avoid it.

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
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