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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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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