Guy Jackson

Irish museum gives leprechauns their due, to be sure

Ireland is hoping to reclaim the leprechaun from Hollywood with a new museum that places the fabled little figures back in their mythological context.

Lure of gold leaves Games open to drug cheats

The Beijing Olympics will see the biggest anti-doping effort in history, but the omens for a drug-free Games are not good.

Scorched Greece worries about new heatwave

Forest fires that have devastated southern Greece and claimed 63 lives in eight days died down on Friday, but emergency services feared a new heatwave could rekindle some blazes. ''Things are going well,'' a fire-service spokesperson said, adding that the fires were no longer threatening populated areas.

Ukraine and Spain progress

A dubious penalty won and taken by Andriy Shevchenko was enough to see Ukraine through to the next round of the World Cup at their first attempt as they beat 10-man Tunisia 1-0 on Friday. In Group H's other match, Spain, who also go through to the next round, defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0.

Angola come up short in qualification quest

Angola scored the first goal of their short World Cup history, but a 1-1 draw with Iran in their final Group D match on Wednesday signalled the end of their remarkable journey in Germany. The Southern African nation, appearing in their first World Cup, had needed to win by three clear goals and hope that Group D rivals Mexico lost to Portugal.

Against the odds, Angola dream of shock qualification

Angola are aiming to create the biggest surprise of this World Cup when they take on Iran on Wednesday with an outside chance of reaching the second round. Written off as no-hopers when they arrived, a gritty performance to force a goalless draw with Mexico has given the Southern African nation a shot at finishing in the top two of Group D.

Brazil launch World Cup challenge

The superstars of Brazil were set to burst on to the World Cup stage on Tuesday as the reigning champions start their bid for a sixth title when they play Croatia in the German capital. The team, spearheaded by Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, are the hot favourites to retain the title they won four years ago in Japan.

Germany aims to shine at World Cup

The football World Cup kicks off in Germany in exactly 100 days with the organisers determined to use the tournament to improve the country's image abroad. The organising committee has dismissed criticism about stadium safety, but the question of whether the army should be allowed to help the police reinforce security is still unanswered.

Germany dealing with World Cup teething problems

Football-mad Germany is ready and willing to host the World Cup finals next year but minor problems are plaguing the build-up to the biggest sporting event in the world. The glitzy draw in Leipzig on Friday will decide where and when the 32 nations will play in six months' time, but the country has been ready for months.

Last witness remembers Hitler’s suicide

Rochus Misch still remembers the sight as if it were yesterday: 60 years ago on Saturday he looked through a doorway and saw Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. Misch (88) is the only person still alive today to have seen the Nazi leader and his wife Eva Braun dead in their bunker deep under the shattered city of Berlin.

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