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Thai web store is next pin on Tesco's world map

Supermarket giant to add to its overseas empire with internet groceries
Top of the Poles: Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton

Tony Blair's in Pole-position - along with Margaret Thatcher

Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher have little in  common beyond their CVs, perhaps, but can now add a peculiar popularity in Poland.

Last Night's Viewing: Spies of Warsaw, BBC4,
World's Most Dangerous Roads, BBC2

It's surprising sometimes what you can do with stock materials. Take Spies of Warsaw, for example, an adaptation of Alan Furst's novels, set in Central Europe just before the Second World War.

Shock and oar: David Tennant starred in 'Waiting for the Boatman'

David Tennant's new role as Virgin Mary in alternative nativity story

Who is that? Former Time Lord David Tennant shared the stage with DJ Christian O'Connell when he played the Virgin Mary in an alternative take on the nativity story.

Ice and fog cause bring travel chaos to Britain as temperatures plummet to minus 10

Heathrow cancelled between 60 and 70 flights due to the bad weather

Forget the Green Goblin... Shard to stop French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert – with an injunction

In a two-decade career, Mr Robert has scaled the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building

Jurowski, Hayward, Ebrahim, LPO, Royal Festival Hall, London

Introducing the first of two concerts celebrating the indomitability of the human spirit, Vladimir Jurowski enjoined us to listen to its five works as five movements of a single one.

The puddle-ridden pitch at the National Stadium in Warsaw last night

Poland's sports minister spared after offering to resign over roof fiasco during England World Cup qualifier

Poland's premier spared his sports minister today over the postponement of a World Cup qualifier with England, saying she was not directly liable for the failure to close the roof ahead of heavy rain.

Spurs’ goalscorer Clint Dempsey feels the love from AVB

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas not worried about lack of fitness

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas does not feel that his players will struggle for fitness against Chelsea tomorrow following the international break.

<b>JOLEON LESCOTT</b><br/>
Other than one dangerous mis-step just before the break, he stood up well to the threat of Lewandowski. 6/10

Joleon Lescott believes tough qualification campain could be blessing in disguise for England

Joleon Lescott believes England's tough battle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup could stand them in good stead as he looks to form a first-choice centre-back partnership with Phil Jagielka.

England's road to Rio is littered with hazards

Roy Hodgson is dogged by uncertainty in difficult campaign to reach Brazil, writes Sam Wallace
October 2011 - Despite remaining unbeaten in qualifying, England survive spirited second-half fightback by Montenegro in Podgorica to book their finals place. However, Rooney is sent off and subsequently banned for three games.

Wayne Rooney denies revenge will be motivating factor when England play Montenegro

Wayne Rooney insists revenge will not be a motivating factor when England tackle Montenegro in a crucial World Cup qualifier next year.

<b>STEVEN GERRARD</b><br/>
Started from deep but is better further up the pitch. Some of his passing was too ambitious and wasteful. 5/10

FA silent after it emerges England players needed sleeping pills after taking caffeine tablets

The Football Association has so far declined to comment after it emerged that some England players were required to take sleeping pills having taken caffeine tablets before Tuesday's postponed match against Poland.

Wayne Rooney made little impact in possession and his goal had a touch of luck

Glenn Moore: Wayne Rooney looked hungry and ran hard but he failed the challenge of reinvention

Striker was asked to adapt and improve but, like his team-mates, he was not up to the task

England fans at the National Stadium

England players to part-fund money-back scheme for supporters in Poland

England's players are to part-fund a £50,000 money-back scheme for fans affected by last night's World Cup postponement in Warsaw.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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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?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

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

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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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?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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