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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

Lennox Lewis hasn't fought since 2003 when he beat Vitali Klitschko after he suffered a cut above his left eye

Boxing: Lennox Lewis prepared to make comeback in fight with Wladimir Klitschko - but only for $100m

48-year-old Lewis, who was the last man to hold all four belts at heavyweight, has said he would be prepared to fight the younger of the Klitschko brothers but only for the biggest purse in boxing history

EU officials close to securing deal to free Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko

Ms Tymoshenko, who won widespread support for her role in her country's 'Orange Revolution', is serving a seven-year sentence for abusing her power in a gas deal with Russia

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'It doesn't get much bigger than this': Wayne Rooney relishing World Cup qualifiers while targeting 100 England caps

The Manchester United striker insists playing for the national team is still a huge privilege that makes him proud

Roy Hodgson takes an England training session

World Cup qualifiers: Phil Jagielka insists England are in a positive frame of mind and 'looking at booking that flight to Rio'

The Three Lions need to win the remaining two games to be sure of qualification for the World Cup

Joe Hart pictured training with England

World Cup qualifiers: Entire England squad takes part in training

Roy Hodgson will be delighted to be able to pick from a fit squad of players

Harry Redknapp gestures on the sidelines during a Queens Park Rangers match

England would have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup if Harry Redknapp was in charge claims Neil Warnock

Warnock believes that Roy Hodgson was the safe option for the Three Lions and that the QPR boss would have brought an appetite for victory to the national side

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day
Wladimir Klitschko's hand is raised after beating Alexander Povetkin on points

Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko no match for poor Alexander Povetkin in world title bout in Moscow

Ukrainian heavyweight retained his titles with a unanimous points triumph

Wilshere has not had the best of weeks after being caught smoking

Jack Wilshere's fall at Arsenal may be Roy Hodgson's gain for England

Jack Wilshere's descent down the Arsenal pecking order since the arrival of Mesut Özil and renaissance of Aaron Ramsey could be a blessing in disguise for England. That is the view of Roy Hodgson, and while it is an unofficial part of the job spec for England managers to see a silver lining in every cloud, there is sense in his outlook.

Ryan Giggs, right, talks tactics with Robin van Persie this week

Ryan Giggs puzzled by poor Manchester United but Nemanja Vidic points to the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson

Draw in Donetsk had flashes of steel, but player-coach warns against 'flabbiness'

Joe Hart doesn't face stiff enough competition for his place in the team

Comment: For the risk-averse Roy Hodgson there is no possibility of dropping Joe Hart now

The England manager has made clear he will stick with the under-fire Manchester City stopper

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge

England squad announcement: Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge included for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Roy Hodgson vows to stand by Joe Hart when the Three Lions play Montenegro and Poland at Wembley

Nemanja Vidic tangles with Shakhtar’s Douglas

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Manchester United 1 match report: David Moyes makes his point by going back to basics

That United should have led for nearly an hour and not walked away with a win created a sense of dejection, but it was the first point an English side has taken from Donetsk in the Champions League

A win at Shakhtar will be a great comfort for David Moyes

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League Group A fixture at the Donbass Arena

Katharina Keil of Austria competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final

Munich bid for winter Olympic Games would make it first city to host both games

Munich, which hosted the 1972 summer Olympics, will bid to stage the winter Games half a century later in 2022, German Olympic authorities said yesterday.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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

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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
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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