The World's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree opens

The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

World's tallest tower 'Sky Tree' opens in Tokyo

The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

Ian Bell on his way to an unbeaten 63 which brought up the winning total for England yesterday

Ian Bell finally banishes Ajmal's desert spells

Batsman puts his winter spin difficulties against Pakistan behind him to suggest he is ready for a glorious summer

Take note: City have splashed Sheikh Mansour's cash but to many they have became an unloved team who have sacrificed everything for silverware

The Last Word: Why City no longer belong to me

The Tevez affair has cast a shadow over Blues season and, title or not, has left many fans yearning for purer times

Puma wins latest leg of Volvo round the world race

It went down to the wire but the American-flagged Puma won the sixth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami.

Roy Hodgson addresses the media after being announced as the new England manager

Manager proves the toast of a proud FA, but just don't mention Harry

Board puts forward strong case for its new man but maintains its silence over spurned Spurs contender, reports Jack Pitt-Brooke

The newly appointed England manager, Roy Hodgson (right), shakes hands with the FA chairman, David Bernstein

Roy Hodgson is the toast of a proud FA, just don't mention Harry Redknapp

Board puts strong case for its new man but maintains silence over spurned Spurs contender

ASAMOAH GYAN: The striker has scored 22 goals for Al Ain since his loan from Sunderland

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan poised to sign permanent deal with Al Ain

Asamoah Gyan's permanent departure from Sunderland looks more likely after the Al Ain chief executive, Carlo Nohra, claimed he was "very confident" of signing the striker on a new deal.

England eager to take out Asian winter frustration on West Indies

World-beating England plan to turn "timid" back into "lethal" as they take out the frustrations of their Asian winter on the West Indies.

Bridging the Gulf: 'Beloved Friend' performed at the at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Royal Opera House makes its debut in Abu Dhabi

First, it was Harrods and then Manchester City football club – now the Gulf is buying culture. Last week, the Royal Opera House (ROH) made its debut in the Gulf, in the culturally thirsty region of the UAE. I decided to pack my bags and head off to the Arab premiere of Beloved Friend at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

UAE recalls envoy to Iran over Gulf island row

The UAE has recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what the foreign minister said was a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who visited a Gulf island claimed by both countries since the 1970s.

Cutting edge: Kevin Pietersen declared prematurely he had returned to form

Pietersen remains below average in Subcontinent

As soon as this tour of Sri Lanka is done next Saturday, Kevin Pietersen is off to the Indian Premier League. He is excited about the prospect of playing for Delhi Daredevils, less so about returning to England early from the tournament to play in a County Championship match which also coincides with his son's birthday.

Andrew Strauss still has the backing of his players, according to Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch offers up a staunch defence of the batsmen

Batting coach insists players are still 'best in England' and that Strauss has full backing

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona clashes with fans, labelling them 'cowards'

Diego Maradona was restrained by security staff as he confronted opposition fans in the stands after the team's latest match, angry at threats and abuse directed toward wives and girlfriends of his Al Wasl players.

Strauss has seen England lose the last four Tests

Errors cost England victory says captain Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss believes his team made too many mistakes as they slumped to a 75-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening Test in Galle.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links