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Dozens killed, hundreds injured, scores of police officers taken hostage by protesters as EU agrees sanctions over ‘unacceptable’ violence, but Moscow urges regime to assert itself

Goodbye, Lenin: Protesters raise the stakes at Kiev rally as they topple statue of former Communist leader

As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians demonstrate against plans for closer ties with Moscow, a hated symbol of Soviet rule is removed

Fifa president Sepp Blatter speaks in Costa do Sauipe on the eve of the 2014 World Cup final draw
Pro-European demonstrators block the entrance of the Ukrainian ministers' Cabinet in Kiev. The United States urged Ukrainian authorities to heed the demands of thousands of pro-EU opposition demonstrators, as a senior minister said the government was ready to discuss snap elections

In pictures: Ukrainian protesters camp out in Kiev as anger against government continues

Pro-EU demonstrators packed the Independence Square as Germany's foreign minister met Ukrainian opposition leaders at their protest camp in Kiev in a snub to President Viktor Yanukovich, who triggered mass street demonstrations by spurning a pact with the EU and seeking closer ties with Moscow. The crisis took a further toll on Ukraine's fragile economy, with the central bank forced to support the currency and the cost of insuring the country's debt against default rising further.

Former Ukrainian presidents back anti-government protests in Kiev

Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko throw support behind demonstrators as thousands rally on the capital's central square

People shout slogans and wave flags of Ukraine and the European Union during a rally of the opposition on Independence Square in Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses militants of trying to overthrow Ukraine's government

Protesters are seeking to force President Viktor Yanukovych from office with a general strike

England manager Roy Hodgson oversees a training session during the relaunch of the FA and Mars partnership at Lord Halsbury playing fields in Northolt

I tested Daniel Sturridge's resolve by playing him unfit, admits Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted that he tested Daniel Sturridge's commitment to England by picking him against Germany last month even though the striker was not completely fit.

Ukraine’s divide over Europe is not just between East and West, but big business versus the individual

For Ukraine’s businessmen, integration no longer means gaining a new market, but losing a most important one

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge triggers possible club-v-country row after admitting he will always play for England - even if injured

Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his concern that Sturridge played the entire friendly against Germany last week despite the striker admitting he is still suffering from a dead leg

Protestors battle riots police with tear gas outside the Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev amidst the biggest protest in the Ukraine since its Orange Revolution in 2004

Ukraine protests: Tens of thousands protest against government's scrapped EU deal

A hundred thousand protestors take to the streets after President Victor Yanukovich pulls out of a historic deal with the EU amid rumours of Russian pressure. The east-west divide is rearing its head again, Max Tucker reports from Kiev

Alan Pardew knows Newcastle’s fortunes must change soon

Newcastle transfer news: Alan Pardew hopes to attract new players with good results

The Magpies take on Norwich this weekend

Doria Tillier presented her weather broadcast naked after making good her promise

Doria Tillier presents show naked after France secure World Cup place

Doria Tillier craftily kept true to her word after France beat Ukraine

Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring France’s first goal

World Cup 2014: Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho revels in France comeback against Ukraine

Les Bleus overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit in Paris

Didier Deschamps (centre) celebrates with Mathieu Valbuena (left) and Patrice Evra

France 3 Ukraine 0: Didier Deschamps hails Les Bleus after 'magical' comeback to qualify for World Cup 2014

Result takes Les Bleus to the World Cup in Brazil

Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring France’s first goal

World Cup 2014 play-offs: France light up Paris with comeback against Ukraine while Cristiano Ronaldo fires sublime hat-trick against Sweden

On a dramatic night that completed the list of European qualifiers for next year's World Cup, France stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a place in Brazil while Cristiano Ronaldo almost single-handly took Portugal through with a stunning hat-trick.

Daniel Sturridge addresses the media on Sunday

England v Germany: Daniel Sturridge says he will be fit to play at Wembley on Tuesday

A foot problem kept the Liverpool striker out of the defeat by Chile

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'