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Vladimir Putin attends a Navy Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Heroes of Severomorsk memorial, in Murmansk, amid reports of Kremlin disquiet at further EU sanctions

A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

With EU sanctions starting to bite, Russia’s oligarchs are trying to put pressure on Vladimir Putin. But according to German intelligence, they are meeting resistance from Kremlin hardliners

Postcard from... Duisberg

The Love Parade was meant to brighten up depressed and rundown Duisburg, a grimy, industrial city in Germany’s Ruhr district. But disaster struck Germany’s last Love Parade on the afternoon of 24 July 2010. Hundreds of ravers were crushed in a stampede that erupted after panic gripped a huge crowd trapped in a tunnel leading to the Duisburg festival. It left 21 dead and at least 510 injured.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) arrive for the weekly German federal Cabinet meeting on July 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. High on the meeting's agenda was discussion over the European Union Banking Union, a series of instruments intended to stabilize the EU's banking sector.

Germany begins spying on Britain and America for the first time since 1945

Government responds to a series of spy scandals which began last year with revelations that the NSA had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone

A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi

The story of Karl Albrecht, the man who destroyed Tesco

The retailer is on its knees, thanks to a German war veteran who turned the family grocers into the Aldi chain

Postcard from... Berlin

The Bal des Pompiers is one of the France’s best-loved traditions

The unprecedented move against a Nato ally was announced by Clemens Binninger

German government expels America's most-senior intelligence official in Berlin over espionage row

Angela Merkel has let it be known that she is 'not amused' by the continuing allegations of US spying in Germany

A German fan with Brazilian supporters at the Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro that followed Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final

World Cup 2014: Sporting Germans play down their 7-1 semi-final blitz of Brazil

Reaction by players and media to the win was markedly restrained

Postcard from... Dresden

Inside the military museum, New Zealand artist Kingsley Baird is battling to meet a self-imposed deadline which falls this Saturday. By then he plans to have completed Stela – the name of  his highly original memorial to the millions of  men who lost their lives during the Great War. Stela is a vast collection of 18,000 hand-sized WWI soldiers made entirely from “Anzac biscuit”.

equivalent of M15 – the Bundesnachrichtendienst

Germany to spy on US for first time since 1945 after ‘double agent’ scandal

'We must focus more strongly on our so-called allies,' says Merkel security spokesperson

German spy who sold secrets to US tried to make deal with Russians

Agent who sold top secret documents was caught offering his services to the Kremlin
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried