News Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Fifa rule out Ireland replay

FIFA today dashed the Republic of Ireland's hopes replaying their World Cup qualifying play-off with France.

Henry should have owned up, says Wenger

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Fifa set to reject Ireland replay appeal

FIFA are set to reject the Republic of Ireland's call for a replay of last night's World Cup qualifying play-off with France.

Ireland call for match to be replayed

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has urged FIFA to uphold their own principles and "step up to the plate" by agreeing to replay last night's controversial World Cup play-off defeat by France.

Hill-Wood gives Kroenke blessing as billionaire raises stake

The American billionaire Stan Kroenke was given further endorsement by Arsenal chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, yesterday when the latter sold him 100 of his 500 shares in the club, worth £850,000. Kroenke spent another £850,000 buying another 200 as well to take him within 0.09 per cent of having to bid for the entire stock.

British juniors show up the Davis Cup old guard

Britain's senior men may have suffered the embarrassment of relegation to the Davis Cup's third tier last month, but the juniors were doing their country proud over the weekend.

Big Phil lines up another huge pay-off

The world's best-paid manager, Scolari is about to lose his £12m-a-year job in Uzbekistan – less than a year after he left Chelsea. Mark Fleming reports on how another grand project went wrong

Business Diary: Bean's answer to an economics thriller

Charles Bean, the Bank of England deputy governor, is an erudite fellow. Still, delivering the Schumpeter Lecture to the European Economic Association, he didn't want to appear too dry. After a lengthy chat about who caused the credit crisis, Mr Bean concluded that there might not be a simple answer: "Just as in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, those with different motives but similar objectives can all contribute to the same outcome".

Pandora: Poster wars arrive in Norwich North

The Norwich North by-election gets stranger by the second. Labour's campaign has already been marred by a rogue case of swine flu (patient: candidate Chris Ostrowski). Now the Lib Dem hopeful, April Pond, has been hit with a mysterious string of poster thefts.

Clifford Coonan: Tension over Chinese migrants mirrors Tibet riots

It was a telling phrase, whispered furtively by a frightened man looking over his shoulder. He was a Muslim Uighur in the restive western Chinese province of Xinjiang, where scores of people were killed in violence at the weekend directed at Han Chinese settlers. How would he describe the relationship between the Uighurs and the Chinese?

Pakistan plays dangerous double game

The assassin struck shortly after morning prayers, storming into a room at the compound where Qari Zainuddin was staying and opening up with a volley of fire. The militant leader was rushed to a nearby hospital but declared dead. Meanwhile, the gunman - apparently dispatched by Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud - escaped in a waiting car.

Scolari points finger at Drogba and Co.

Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday finally identified the Chelsea players he believes got him the sack in February and pointed the finger at Petr Cech, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba.

Ahmadinejad defies unrest with escape to Russian talks

It was business as usual for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday, as he used a summit in Russia to attack the United States for causing the global economic crisis, without once mentioning his disputed election win or the mass protests sweeping his capital city.

Aussies' unbeaten record intact after Bahrain victory

Schwarzer satisfied as Verbeek's second-string side overwhelm opponents

Scolari named as Bunyodkor coach

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has been named coach of Bunyodkor, the Uzbek champions said on Tuesday.

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