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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

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal's winner

World Cup 2014 play-offs round-up: First blood for Cristiano Ronaldo but dismal France on verge of crashing out

Greece take big step towards securing a place in Brazil

Hugo Lloris cannot keep out Ukraine’s penalty

Ukraine 2 France 0 match report: Trouble for France after poor display in Kiev

Ukraine stunned France with two second-half goals on Friday to win the first leg of their World Cup playoff 2-0 and put the heavily favored visitors in real danger of missing next year's tournament.

French stars Karim Benzema Yohan Cabaye

World Cup 2014 play-off: Ukraine v France match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup play-off at the Olympic Stadium

A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Stockholm and Beijing among six bidders to host 2022 winter Olympics

Almaty, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo are the others hoping to stage the games

Eric Abidal is back in the France team for their play-offs after his liver transplant last year

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal stands on the verge of remarkable comeback with a third World Cup finals

A Different League: The French defender is back in the national set-up after his liver transplant last year

Waldemar Fornalik, the Poland coach, could be taking charge of the team for the last time

England v Poland: Poles hope spirit of 1973 can warm 18,000 supporters at Wembley for World Cup qualifier

“We will do all we can to ensure the fans can go home  in a happy mood”

Andros Townsend picked up a knock against Montenegro

England v Poland: Andros Townsend injury could prompt Roy Hodgson to change starting line-up

Roy Hodgson said on Monday that Andros Townsend, England’s match-winner on Friday, had picked up an unspecified injury in training and cast some doubt over whether the Tottenham man would play in Tuesday’s must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Roy Hodgson

England v Poland: Roy Hodgson believes FA were 'virtually forced' into increasing away support allocation by 10,000 tickets

Hodgson's side will walk out in their critical World Cup qualifier on Tuesday to around 20,000 Poland fans at Wembley

Roy Hodgson says he would make no excuses in the event of failure

England v Poland: Roy Hodgson targeting victory at Wembley and direct qualification for the 2014 World Cup

England are guaranteed to finish second if they falter against Poland

Raheem Sterling has been called up to the England squad for their final World Cup qualifier against Poland

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up by Roy Hodgson after Tom Cleverley injury and Kyle Walker suspension

Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is likely to deputise for Walker, while Sterling has not featured for England since his debut last Novemenber

Wayne Rooney opens the scoring for England at Wembley

Kevin Garside: Failings all too familiar before England find fireworks against Montenegro

A wise Hodgson will stand back from the rhetoric of his preparation

Gary Lineker (left) is unimpressed by Greg Dyke's choices

Gary Lineker rejects Greg Dyke's FA panel as 'pointless... a missed chance'

Much-hyped commission attacked for uninspiring selections while Campbell criticises lack of ethnic minorities involved 

Roy Hodgson says he would make no excuses in the event of failure

England 4 Montenegro 1: Roy Hodgson confident his team can get 'job done'

Roy Hodgson backed his England team to complete automatic qualification for next summer’s World Cup by beating Poland on Tuesday night.

Exclusive: Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko ‘extremely close’ to being released in EU deal

Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, confirms that a pardon is possible ahead of summit

Jack Wilshere with Roy Hodgson

Reaction to controversial comments will not affect Jack Wilshere, insists England manager Roy Hodgson

The Arsenal midfielder made his feelings about residency rules known earlier this week

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform