Mike Corder

Mike Corder

    Three days, three records. Alain Bernard set a world record in the 50m freestyle on Sunday after twice lowering the 100m freestyle mark in the previous two days at the European swimming championships. The muscular Frenchman swam 21,5 seconds to beat the time of 21,56 set last month by Eamon Sullivan of Australia.

    A Dutch conservative lawmaker said on Wednesday he is making a film to highlight what he describes as "fascist" passages in the Qur'an, his latest high profile criticism of Islam. Wilders plans to depict parts of the Qur'an he says are used as inspiration "by bad people to do bad things".

    If outspoken former Wallaby winger David Campese had his way, the likes of Georgia, Namibia and Portugal wouldn't be at the Rugby World Cup. Yet the underdogs have shamed their critics by scaring some of the fancied teams and proving they do deserve places at the game's biggest event.

    Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was expected to make his first appearance in a Hague courtroom on Friday for a hearing aimed at paving the way for his war-crimes trial. The former warlord faces 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.