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

Alexander Fury: Dutch courage

Wear, what, why, when?

Corporate tax avoiders face global crackdown

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the OECD yesterday.

Robin van Persie of Manchester United signs autographs after a first team training session at Kogarah

David Moyes hopeful Robin van Persie has a 'big influence' on Manchester United's season

The striker scored 30 goals in all competitions last term

According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Holland, from Beach Holm, is thought to have choked, though police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Australian man dies after eating chilli pie in pub pie eating contest

Bruce Holland died during a contest which took place in a local pub in north Queensland on Wednesday

Tour de France: Leader takes it easy before climb up Bald Mountain

Sky's Chris Froome had his first truly straightforward day as race leader yesterday as a break of 18, including Britain's David Millar, fought it out for the stage win – taken by Italy's Matteo Trentin – while the overall contenders eased back.

Postcard from... Finistère

Save the ash tree? Half of us can’t even recognise an oak

An appeal for the public to report tree disease has merely revealed our arboreal ignorance

Wilfried Bony

Transfer latest: Swansea confirm capture of record signing Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem

Striker will join on a four-year-deal subject to a work permit after personal terms were agreed and he passed a medical

Aiming to dramatically boost support infrastructure for electric cars, the Dutch government has announced plans to build fast-charging stations within 50km of each of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.

Dutch government to build electric-car chargers within 50km of each citizen

New nationwide scheme set to be completed by 2015 follows a similar initiative in Estonia

Marcel Kittel, right, crosses the finish line ahead Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish

Tour de France: Mark Cavendish's charge held back by crash controversy

British sprinter can only finish third but is cleared by officials of forcing Dutch rival off the road

Marcel Kittel celebrates his stage win

Tour de France 2013: Frustrated Mark Cavendish involved in collision during sprint finish

Marcel Kittel went on to win stage 10 of the Tour

In Marco van Ginkel, have Chelsea just signed the new Frank Lampard?

The Blues have agreed a deal understood to be around £8m for the 20-year-old

‘I am old and sick’: Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of son Prince Philippe

Belgium’s 79-year-old King Albert has announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Philippe, in a surprise address to the nation that comes weeks after a woman claiming to be his daughter launched court proceedings to prove her paternity.

From success and redemption abroad to disappointment: Steve McClaren back in England after briefly rebuilding reputation

McClaren saved his career in the Netherlands after accepting the challenge to manage abroad for the first time in his career at Twente

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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
How I outwitted the Gestapo

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

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
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
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
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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