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Alison Deighton's attempts to bring an ecotourism project to the commune of Nardo have now attracted national attention in Italy

The Treasury minister’s wife and the green resort in Puglia strangled by Italian red tape

Lady Deighton’s £56m plan for Puglian village held up for five years

The Sweden Democrats surged from 20 seats to 49 to become the third-biggest party in parliament

Surge in far-right support in Sweden splits vote and pushes left wing towards power

Even with the support of the smaller Green and Left parties, the Social Democrats’ bloc would have only 158 seats in parliament, 17 short of a majority

The meeting, called by President François Hollande, will consider strategy and allot roles, ranging from air-strikes to humanitarian aid

Islamic State: Countries meet in Paris to discuss anti-Isis global strategy

Iran has not been invited and has dismissed the Paris meeting as a 'show conference'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the anti-Semitism rally in Berlin

Angela Merkel pledges solidarity with Germany’s Jews after recent attacks

Ms Merkel joined German President Joachim Gauck and Jewish community leaders for the rally at the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin

Luhansk residents thank pro-Russian separatists during a rare day of celebration

Ukraine crisis: Luhansk celebrates end of weeks of shelling

In some towns, the decline in fighting has allowed for a return to some kind of normality

Pope Francis prays in the military cemetary of the World War I memorial of Redipuglia, near Gorizia, northern Italy

Pope Francis says global conflict is now so bad that we are effectively involved in 'piecemeal Third World War'

Comments came just hours before Islamic State released a new video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines

Have you heard the one about Jon Gnarr, the comedian who saved Iceland from political and financial catastrophe?

He was an uneducated, anarchic comedian fed up with politicians. So he took them on. And won. Could the 'clown' who saved Reykjavik now provide the rest of the world with a manifesto for a better life?

It’s now 1245, and the walls of Guédelon are rising

In Burgundy, John Lichfield watches the first truly medieval castle in 500 years take shape

Rally call: Supporters of a united Ukraine sign its flag in Mariupol

Ukraine crisis: EU agrees a crucial Kiev trade delay to aid ceasefire

Putin said to have obtained surprise deal as the ‘price of peace’ in return for ensuring separatist fighters in the east stick to fragile truce

Michel Barnier objected to UK-based banks flouting bonus rules

EU’s Barnier says big banks must be cut down to size

He objects to UK-based banks flouting bonus rules

Pope Francis will visit Istanbul in November

Pope to make his first visit to a Muslim country

Pope Francis will visit Istanbul in November, his first trip to a predominantly Muslim nation.

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk

MH17 crash could have been prevented if airlines shared information regarding weapons in Ukraine, claims Emirates CEO

298 passengers and crew members died on board the flight in July

Islamic State: Recep Tayyip Erdogan happy to meet John Kerry but Turkey will not attack Isis

Despite its Nato membership, Turkey said it would not allow its air bases to be used for strikes on Isis

The rise of 'Germany’s Ukip': Eurosceptic AfD party threatens Angela Merkel in state elections

The country’s pro-Europe consensus is under threat from a Ukip-style party that is driving Angela Merkel’s liberal Free Democrat allies from power in state elections

Ukraine crisis: Russia threatens to retaliate for new sanctions that jeopardise ceasefire

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko vows to push ahead with the EU trade deal that sparked the crisis last year

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His life, the universe and everything

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Save us from small screen superheroes

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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