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David Tennant to star in TV drama 'The Spies Of Warsaw'

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will play a French spy in a new two-part Second World War-era drama by Likely Lads writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

In former Communist states, populations are shrinking fast

Of Romania's 19 million population, fewer than five million are workers paying tax

Activists are barred from foreign travel

Belarus's government has cracked down on dissent by barring its critics from foreign trips, say activists.

Daniil Trifonov, Wigmore Hall

Out of Russia, always something pianistically new. When 20 year-old Daniil Trifonov won the Tchaikovsky competition last year, it was clear he was extraordinary.

Wlodzimierz Smolarek: Footballer who excelled at the 1982 World Cup

The former Poland striker Wlodzimierz Smolarek, who died on 7 March at the age of 54, was part of the Poland team that finished third at the 1982 World Cup. He scored 13 goals in 60 games for Poland between 1980 and 1992.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is the ECA chairman

Clubs delighted by move to ditch August friendlies

Europe's leading clubs praised a "major breakthrough" yesterday after agreeing with Uefa to drop the unpopular August international friendlies date.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is the ECA chairman

International fixtures likely to be cut after clubs and Uefa reach agreement

A war of words broke out between FIFA and top European clubs today after a move that could see the number of internationals played each year slashed.

Peter Carey attempts his Booker hat-trick in April with The Chemistry of Tears (Faber, £17.99)

Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers

From Australia to Antarctica, and from historical fiction to up-to-the-minute, state-of-the-nation pronouncements, Katy Guest looks forward to the titles that we'll most enjoy losing ourselves in during the coming year

KIEV (Ukraine) / Olympic Stadium, 60,000 / Ukraine's national stadium - and the championship's biggest venue - is undergoing a spectacular makeover, which will include a transparent roof, to prepare it for group-stage matches, a quarter-final and the final. Dynamo Kiev played European games there prior to closure for renovation. Kiev, on the banks of the Dnieper river, is Ukraine's capital and largest city.

Euro 2012 finals match schedule

Full match schedule for the 2012 European Championships:

Transfer for Chinese rail spokesman

The spokesman for China's railways ministry has been transferred to Poland following a train crash last month that killed 40 people.

Dr Hanna Segal: Psychoanalyst who was inspired by Melanie Klein and contributed hugely to the field of cultural studies

Hanna Segal was an outstanding psychoanalyst, teacher and writer, and a remarkable human being.

Jaruzelski's trial halted by ill health

Poland's last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski cannot attend his two ongoing trials due to ill health, putting the future of the proceedings in doubt, Warsaw Provincial Court said.

Daniel Barenboim, Wigmore Hall

Now approaching his seventieth birthday, Daniel Barenboim is not letting up.

Poland vows to tackle 'shocking' violence ahead of Euro 2012

Polish authorities yesterday apologised for the fan violence that has plagued the Euro 2012 joint hosts in recent months and pledged to stamp it out before next year's finals.

Polish FA chief apologises for hooliganism

Polish FA chief and former striker Grzegorz Lato apologised today for a spate of hooliganism among fans and said he was sure measures now in place would prevent trouble when they co-host Euro 2012.

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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