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Mata is going nowhere, says Valencia president

Valencia president Manuel Llorente insists Juan Mata is "not for sale".

48 Hours In: Alicante

This Costa Blanca city is much more than just a gateway to some of Spain's busiest resorts – it offers the weekend visitor a fascinating mix of antiquity and elegance.

Crunch time for Globespan

Globespan, Scotland's biggest airline, faces a "crunch-time" funding deadline tomorrow, which is likely to decide the fate of the company.

Duffel standards: There's only one coat to be seen in this winter

Styling by Lee Holmes

Latest F1 news from Valencia

Secret garden: Explore Valencia's Sierra de Irta

Stretched out between two Spanish resort towns lies a rocky, undeveloped landscape. Mick Webb explores the area with no map and just a wild boar for company

Runaway criminal surrenders in Spain

A fugitive named in a scheme targeting criminals on the run in Spain has handed himself in, a Crimestoppers spokeswoman said today.

Ryanair axes Valencia flights after dispute

Ryanair is shutting its base in Valencia, Spain, with the loss of 70 weekly flights after a dispute with the local council over funds for marketing. The no-frills Irish carrier flew from Valencia to 10 destinations, including three in England: Stansted, East Midlands and Liverpool. The flights, used by 750,000 passengers a year, will stop from 4 November, and 750 local jobs will be lost. Ryanair blamed "the refusal of the Comunitat Valenciana to engage in constructive discussions in relation to the promotion of the airport and its routes".

Ryanair to stop Valencia flights

Budget airline Ryanair announced today it is shutting its base in Valencia, Spain, with the loss of 70 weekly flights following a row with the local council.

Di Stefano in serious condition

Football: Illie doubt for Valencia

VALENCIA COULD be without their much-touted striker Adrian Ilie for next Wednesday's Champions' League match with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Football: Gonzalez renders Rangers' efforts pointless

Valencia 2 Rangers 0

Red sails of summer; gardening

Biennials such as poppies, sweet Williams and foxgloves should be sown now for brilliant drifts of colour in next year's borders. And, warns Sarah Raven, timing is important: sow too early or too late, and you could be disappointed

Ford presses Blair to raise state aid

SENIOR FORD executives yesterday urged the Prime Minister to commit more state aid to a key British plant to prevent 1,400 jobs being lost.
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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