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

Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes for World Cup selection

Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes an impressive debut season in the Barclays Premier League can end with a place in Holland's World Cup squad.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri: He managed to spend 18 years at Terminal 1 of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: Like living in a parallel universe - the weird world of the airport transit zone

Simon Calder describes the netherworld that the fugitive now calls home

Cyclist deaths have risen across the UK

Cyclist deaths on the rise across Britain

Official statistics show UK roads are at their safest for drivers and pedestrians 

Jim Armitage: Politicians put all eggs in one basket on energy

It's really little wonder fracking is such a big deal for our political leaders. Because they some years ago bet our energy future on the hissing stuff when deciding on the next generation of electricity power stations.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul hopes to be fit for Newcastle restart

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul targets start of season after surgery

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is already targeting the start of the new season as he continues his recovery from surgery.

Old Master class: Vermeer's 'Milkmaid'

Simon Calder: A new encounter with Old Masters

The man who pays his way

Joe Kinnear and potential signing Douglas

Newcastle unrest: Graham Carr talked out of quitting following arrival of Joe Kinnear

The chief scout was dismayed after Kinnear blocked the free transfer of FC Twente defender Douglas

Pret owner sweet on picking up a stake in Hotel Chocolat

The private equity owner of Pret A Manger is eyeing a major investment in upmarket chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat, which is valued at more than £100 million.

Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa sign giant striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg

The 6ft 5in frontman was the second-highest scorer in the Danish league last season

Richard Nieuwenhuizen's life support machine was switched off on Monday afternoon

Richard Nieuwenhuizen death: Six teenagers and 50-year-old father convicted of manslaughter in shocking case of referee killed over a game of football

Death of official who was volunteering at his son's junior club match shocked the Netherlands

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BBFC plan traffic light system of classification for YouTube

New scheme would allow users to rate the content they upload 'green', 'amber' or 'red'

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation

Sport In Brief: Irish say they don’t want Pat McQuaid to be cycling chief

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

Rene Meulensteen with Robin van Persie, and David Moyes

Concerns over David Moyes' training methods cause Rene Meulensteen to reject opportunity to be No 2 at Manchester United

The first team coach will leave after five years at Old Trafford

Glenn Hoddle

Harry Redknapp gives backing to Glenn Hoddle to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach

The Young Lions endured a disastrous European Championships

Laetitia van den Assum, Dutch Ambassador to the UK, with Norman Baker, Transport minister, on the fact-finding trip to the Netherlands

How do you make Britain a better place for two wheels? Go Dutch

MPs hit the road to find out why the Netherlands is bicycling heaven

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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried