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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

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Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv disqualified from Champions League over match fixing

The club were due to play Schalke in the play-off stage of the tournament

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Who Wants to Kill Yulia Tymoshenko?, Assembly Roxy

Dai Greene reflects on another disappointing display

World Championships 2013: Injury curse leaves Dai Greene feeling blue but Perri Shakes-Drayton is ready to provide the fizz

Defending 400 metres world champion has every reason to feel glum

$1.42m gaming prize is largest ever in e-sports history

16 teams from 12 countries competed in Seattle for a shot at the prize

Wayne Rooney

James Lawton: To cast Wayne Rooney as a victim is to insult the real professionals

The solution to all of Rooney’s problems lies at his own feet

Bassist Jared Hasselhoff of the American rock group Bloodhound Gang is seen pushing the Russian white-blue-red tricolour flag into the front of his pants during a concert in the city of Odessa July 31, 2013

Bloodhound Gang: Last week they were barred from Russia, today they face 'hooliganism' charges in Ukraine

The American rock group face potential criminal action after 'Evil' Jared Hasselhoff allegedly urinates on Ukrainian flag

Old Bailey trial for Ukrainian accused of terror-related murder of 82-year-old grandfather

A Ukrainian man accused of the terror-related murder of an 82-year-old grandfather as he walked home from a mosque will face trial at the Old Bailey next year.

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh fugitive, found guilty of £2.6bn fraud, wanted by Russia, sued in London, finally captured in France

At least three countries are queuing up to try the billionaire banker for alleged embezzlement on ‘an epic scale’

Blinky from The Simpsons

Putin’s fish is big... but I’ve got a whopper: Battle of the rod-swinging rulers as President of Belarus lands 125lb catfish in Chernobyl exclusion zone

In a rod-swinging contest between hard-man rulers, Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, has outdone Russia’s Vladimir Putin by reeling in a real-life Blinky, the radioactive fish of The Simpsons fame.

Ukrainian student questioned over mosque bombings charged with murder of pensioner

A Ukrainian student questioned over a series of bomb blasts near mosques in the West Midlands was charged on Monday night with the murder of a pensioner who was stabbed as he walked home from prayers.

Nadezhda Popova: Soviet pilot known as 'the Night Witch'

Nadezhda Popova was part of a unit of Soviet women pilots who flew old biplanes to bomb the invading Germans. As the Wehrmacht approached Moscow in 1941, Stalin, influenced by Marina Raskova, one of very few women in the Soviet air force before the war, agreed to set up a women’ s air force unit, a night bomber regiment. From mechanics to navigators, pilots and officers, it was composed entirely of women.

Talks over TV schedule continue ahead of Premier League fixtures announcement

The first wave of games to be shown on TV are to be announced

Manchester United celebrate after winning the 2012/13 tournament

TV fixtures set to be announced for new Premier League season

3pm kick-offs on Saturday to become more rare

Topless Femen protesters released from Tunisian prison

Three European feminist activists who were jailed after a topless courthouse protest in Tunisia last month have been set free after a court lifted their prison sentence. They left the country  this morning to go to France.

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