Agence France-Presse in London

Tottenham Hotspur teenager Dele Alli is one of several players hoping to make an impression when England begin their preparations for next year's European Championships against Estonia today.


Michael Clarke was out for just 15 against England on the first day of the fifth Ashes test at The Oval yesterday in what was set to be the Australia captain’s penultimate innings in international cricket.

Former US secretary of state says it would be a loss for both sides if Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom while Britain should remain in the European Union

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has accused the government of hiding information on missing flight MH370, saying the country’s radar system would have detected any change of course.

More than 40 countries including China and African states signed a declaration on Thursday aimed at stamping out the illegal trade in wildlife, in a move broadly welcomed by conservation groups.


The Royal Bank of Scotland faced fresh damage to its reputation on Monday after the British government handed financial watchdogs a report claiming it forced small firms to default in order to seize their assets.

Metropolitan Police confirmed that David Miranda, husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 as he passed through the airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.

British police on Monday apologised to relatives of a man who died after being pushed to the ground during protests against the G20 summit in London in 2009, and confirmed a settlement had been reached with his family.


The deal was agreed Saturday between Bank of England governor Mervyn King, who steps down at the end of the month, and his counterpart Zhou Xiaochuan of the central People’s Bank of China.

From November, visitors from countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana will be forced to hand over £3,000 (US$4,600)  for a six-month visit visa.

“At around 1420 hrs today (1320 GMT) an EgyptAir aircraft flying from Cairo to New York was diverted to Prestwick Airport after a suspicious note was discovered on the aircraft,” said a statement from Police Scotland.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, has been charged with the murder of 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby as well as the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm, London’s Metropolitan Police said

Two men aged 28 an 24 were arrested at a home in southeast London, with police firing a Taser electric stun gun on the older suspect, and on a 21-year-old man they arrested in a street around 1.5 kilometres from the murder scene.

With extra time beckoning, Arjen Robben collected a back-heel from Franck Ribery, eluded the challenge of Mats Hummels and rolled a delicate shot past Roman Weidenfeller to give Bayern their fifth European crown.

The long-serving midfielder broke the news just days after veteran United manager Alex Ferguson said he would be standing down at the end of the season.

More than 2,000 global political figures, celebrities and even a couple of Margaret Thatcher’s old foes have been invited to her funeral in London on Wednesday.

The atmosphere was more street carnival than riot, with people of all ages – many of them barely born when she left office in 1990 – dancing, playing tambourines, blowing whistles and horns.


British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Pyongyang has shown no signs of repositioning its armed forces despite “paranoid rhetoric”.

Court hears hapless Kevin Liverpool and his co-accused, Junior Bradshaw, encountered police when they crashed their car on way to kidnap the soul singer. They also asked a local postman for directions to her home. Liverpool was jailed for life for his part in the plot.