There was a moment in the _fondo sur_ , where the most boisterous Madridistas bang their drums and orchestrate the loudest noise, when a huge banner was unfurled to read "Reyes de Europa".The nine-time winners have not lived up to that "Kings of Europe" billing since Zinedine Zidane's volley at Hampden Park in 2002 but now, after the years of hard-luck stories, near-misses and under-achieveme
Social network reports $2.5bn revenue in first quarter of 2014 Mobile and advertising revenue up significantly from last yearFacebook revenue soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014 as the company continued to shift its customers and advertisers to its mobile platform.Comfortably beating analysts expectation the company said Wednesday that it had revenue of $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in the first q
Karim Benzema's early goal was enough to give Real Madrid a slender advantage in their semi-final against the European champions Continue reading...
Author's first book for adults, released in 2012, will be turned into three hour-long episodes in transatlantic co-productionLike most of JK Rowling's literary projects, The Casual Vacancy's release in 2012 was shrouded in secrecy. But an announcement that the book will be turned into a miniseries? Not so much. Her "pretty little town of Pagford" will get the small-screen treatment as a th
Bomb explodes outside police station in area targeted in past attacks that police say Somali militants have carried outAt least four people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in a poor neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, the country's interior ministry said.Police officers had earlier stopped the saloon car at traffic lights and were taking th
Tony Blair's anti-democratic tirade chimes with David Cameron's toxic manoeuvring at home and in the Muslim worldThe neocons are back. That toxic blend of messianic warmongering abroad and McCarthyite witch-hunting at home which gave us Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo and the London bombings is coursing through our public life again. Yesterday the liberal interventionists' hero, Tony Blair, was o
William Vahey, who taught at Southbank International School, admitted molesting children while teaching in CaracasAn elite London school has become embroiled in an FBI-led international child abuse investigation into a highly regarded teacher who is believed to have molested more than 90 boys.William Vahey, a 64-year old American who taught at the Southbank International School in Westminste
S&P says it would be 'challenging' for Edinburgh government to support its banks without backing of LondonAn independent Scotland would need the support of the UK Treasury and the Bank of England to prevent savers in its banks being as vulnerable as those who had money in Iceland during the 2008 financial crisis, according to one of the three leading credit rating agencies.In a detailed anal
Transmisson snags or actors' artistry blamed for muffled dialogue as Daphne du Maurier tale sheds 1.6m viewersThe BBC TV drama Jamaica Inn lost a quarter of its audience after sound issues left viewers barely able to understand the dialogue.The audience for the second episode of the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel fell by 1.6 million following hundreds of viewer complaints over mumbl
Conservative party HQ wants the London mayor to declare he will stand as MP to avoid speculation during annual conferenceConservative Party headquarters is putting pressure on the London mayor, Boris Johnson, to announce shortly that he will stand as a Conservative candidate at the next election, hoping to prevent another bout of speculation about his intentions overshadowing the party conferen
Politicans talk about ordinary people, but never to them. Into this vacuum steps the likes of Ukip. The left must take noteThere is forever an England where Ukip is nothing more than a joke on Twitter, the Daily Mail is something that no one you know actually reads, where Christianity is a misguided thought process, where everyone understands that taxation is absolutely the right price to pay f
Recep Tayyip Erdogan refers to 'our shared pain' in unexpected statement on eve of 99th anniversary of start of deportationsThe Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has offered his condolences to the families of more than 1 million Armenians who were massacred during the first world war, in Turkey's most conciliatory remarks yet over the highly contested episode.Speaking on the eve
Move announced at joint news conference by both sides has aim of forming unity government within five weeksThe two main rival Palestinian factions have signed an accord designed to end seven years of sometimes violent division, paving the way for elections later in the year and the formation of a unity government within weeks.The move, after a day of talks between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza tha
Deputy prime minister's wife interrupts his talk on male parenting to urge change in attitudes towards masculinity and caringMiriam Clegg on Wednesday interrupted a speech by her husband Nick to speak out in favour of fathers who look after their children, saying they have "more cojones". Continue reading...
Police say victims suffered bruising and cuts and one man lost two teeth in attack by gang of up to 15 peopleTwo men and a woman were beaten by a gang of up to 15 people in a racist attack in east Belfast, police said.The victims suffered bruising and cuts and one of the men lost two teeth in the incident in the Lawnmount Street area of the city on Monday night. Continue reading...
With Sherpas treated like pack animals by the cretinous rich, the crisis of the world's highest mountain was inevitableMountain Madness was the name of an expedition whose leader perished in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, chronicled by Jon Krakauer in Into Thin Air and it was well-named. There is an explicit madness attached to serious mountaineering; a desire for pain, isolation and submissi
Ukip leader said only his wife was capable of fulfilling role working unsociable hours for him on modest salaryA fake job advert seeking a PA for Nigel Farage has attracted hundreds of responses, according to a recruitment firm.The advert was posted by a recruitment firm, Xpat Jobs, after the Ukip leader said that only his wife who is German was capable of fulfilling the role while earning "
On Saturday in Karachi, one of Pakistan's most famous journalists survived being shot six times. Soon after, the TV news channel he works for blamed the feared Inter-Services Intelligence agency for the attack. Author Mohammed Hanif reports on a fourth estate under siegeMore than a hundred bouquets line the lobby of the private ward of Karachi's posh, private Aga Khan Hospital. Outside, dozens
From the removal of lead in petrol to fighting becoming uncool, there are plenty of theories as to why the crime rate is falling. But do any of them stack up?Violent crime in England and Wales has fallen by 12%, according to the latest national violence surveillance network figures, based on A&E admissions. In fact, the rate of violent crime in the UK has fallen almost every year since 2001. Bu
Ministry of Defence plays down incident in which Typhoons scramble to head off two Tu-95s in international airspace Continue reading...
Study says bulk of money was spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, interventions judged later to be 'strategic failures'Britain's military operations since the end of the cold war have cost £34.7bn and a further £30bn may have to be spent on long-term veteran care, according to an authoritative study.The bulk of the money has been spent on interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan judged to have been "
Shand was organising fundraising for his conservation charity when he fell and seriously injured headThe brother of the Duchess of Cornwall has died after an accident in New York, Clarence House has said.Mark Shand, 62, was in New York organising fundraising for his conservation charity when he fell and seriously injured his head. Continue reading...
Moyes says squad needs 'fundamental rebuilding' LMA say manner of sacking was unprofessionalDavid Moyes has taken a parting shot at Manchester United's players by stating the squad requires "fundamental rebuilding", while the League Managers Association chief executive, Richard Bevan, has claimed the manager's sacking was done unprofessionally.Moyes was told he would be removed early on Tue
Yorkshire 459-9 dec; Northamptonshire 94 & 245 Yorkshire win by an innings and 120 runsThe Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, responded to his side's maiden County Championship victory in their second outing of the season by contemplating dropping himself for their third.After witnessing his bowlers wrap up a comfortable win against newly promoted Northamptonshire in less than two hours of the
F1 chief executive's trial starts in Munich on Thursday Prosecutors have impressive track record in recent casesBernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday and for the next five months Formula One will hold its breath. The man who transformed the sport into a billion-pound business and who has run it for four decades in his idiosyncratic and controversial way faces the possibility of
Richard Gibson was at Headingley to watch Yorkshire beat Northants, while Andy Wilson is busy below the line reporting on Lancashire v Warwickshire from Old Trafford 6.21pm BST Peter Moores's five years as the Lancashire coach have ended in drama. Warwickshire needed 25 runs from 27 balls when the umpires were obliged to halt play for bad light, because the readings on their meters had rea
Manager and his assistant to face sanctions after Sunderland Brazilian midfielder given four-match ban for violent conductThe potentially damaging ramifications of Chelsea's furious defeat to Sunderland have become clearer after the Football Association issued charges against three members of the Londoners' squad, including the manager José Mourinho.The Brazil midfielder Ramires may have pl
University of Wales, Trinity St David concedes claim by workmen who were paid less than women on same pay gradeTwenty-three male workers at a university in Wales who were paid less than their female counterparts have won around £500,000 in compensation after suing for sex discrimination.Eighteen caretakers and tradesmen took the University of Wales, Trinity St David (UWTSD) to an employment
Actor launches petition and email push lobbying culture minister Ed Vaizey to change the law on ethnic minority workersSupporters of a campaign launched by comedian and actor Lenny Henry to change the law to boost the number of black, Asian and minority workers in the television industry say they will consider boycotting the licence fee if the government fails to take action. Continue reading
Confirmed by Red Devils' coach Marc Wilmots on Twitter Teenager had the choice of five different countriesThe debate over Adnan Januzaj's international future appears to have been settled after Belgium coach Marc Wilmots took to Twitter to announce the Manchester United forward has committed himself to the Red Devils.The 19-year-old who was born in Brussels to Kosovar-Albanian parents is el