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Man shot dead by police in jihadist attack in Tours

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Facebook takes down Russia page calling for mass protest in support of Putin's biggest critic

Russian internet regulators send Facebook 'demand' to block access

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta has renounced his doctorate

Romania's PM gives up doctorate after plagiarism allegations

In a letter to the rector of Bucharest University, Mr Ponta renounced his qualification

Klaus Iohannis’s election was ‘a surprise’

Romania's new president declares radical plans for his country, saying 'a lot needs to change'

Klaus Iohannis wants his country to become 'a better-functioning democracy'
Police in the German capital said employees at the coffee-roasting business discovered a bag full of the drug on Wednesday

Thirty-three kilos of cocaine discovered in coffee shipment

German staff found the bag of drugs in an unroasted coffee shipment

Government 'could have broken UN rules' on the treatment of lawyers in Iraq inquiry

Defence Secretary criticised lawyers in Parliament

Demand for jewellery and diamonds is strong, reports a high-end London auction source

Russians turn to art, jewellery and diamonds as rouble slides

Buyers chasing luxury collectables that are valued in dollars or euros – and untraceable

The car crashed into the headquarters of the Spanish People's Party

Failed Spanish mushroom inspector in failed bid to blow up ruling party HQ

Man ploughed his car into the headquarters of the Partido Popular

Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony

Sarah Silverman accuses Jerusalem authorities of sex discrimination

Comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

The Google office in Germany

Google is now worth more than the whole Russian stock market

Google isn't even doing especially well — but it's doing much better than Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Putin speech: President says Russian bear 'won't be chained' by the West as he warns of tough two years ahead

Vladimir Putin’s annual press extravaganza held out hopes for a thawing of relations, but his colourful use of a Cold War stereotype risks eclipsing his conciliatory signals on Ukraine and regional security

Obesity could be classed as a disability

Obesity could be considered a disability after landmark EU ruling on workplace discrimination

Obesity could be a disability if it “hinders the full participation in professional life”

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for their meeting in Brussels

Poland threatens to veto David Cameron's EU migrants benefits cuts plan

Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister: “There is a red line we cannot allow ourselves to cross"

The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder (left) owned by Alain Delon as it was discovered in a remote farm in western France

Hoard of 60 classic cars - including Alain Delon's Ferrari Spyder - discovered on French farm

The screen legend's rare sports car is expected to fetch more than £9m when it is auctioned in Paris in the New Year

Geert Wilders is unrepentant and insists he was only saying ‘what millions of people think’

Dutch politician Geert Wilders faces new racial hatred charges over victory speech

The Party for Freedom leader asked cheering supporters: 'Do you want more or fewer Moroccans here?'

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
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Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick