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President Vladimir Putin at the end of a meeting on the Ukraine crisis with President Petro Poroshenko and other European leaders yesterday

Putin in Italy to get EU sanctions lifted, but no progress on Ukraine

Mr Putin’s annexation of Crimea has sent Russia’s relations with the West back to the frosty days of the Cold War

The pills were handed out after a number of mishaps at the Cattenom nuclear power station

Luxembourg hands out iodine pills over fears of French nuclear mishap

The extraordinary measures were announced on Wednesday this week

Two ambulances arrive at Madrid's Carlos III Hospital , carrying a possible new Ebola patient

Ebola crisis: Four new patients with suspected symptoms taken to hospital in Spain

Three cases reported in Madrid while the fourth is in the Canary Islands

Russian monks set up mozzarella factory amid Putin's Italian food ban

Russian goverment's ban prevents the import of meat, vegetables and dairy products from the EU, USA, and their allies

Driver in Belgium survives the most deadly of crashes

Video: After watching this footage, it is astonishing to believe the driver managed to survive

Nuclear family: the Chernobyl stalkers are monitored and pursued by the police

Sex and drugs and radiation: Dare-devil 'stalkers' illegally enter Chernobyl's Dead Zone

Twenty-eight years after the world's worst nuclear disaster, a small subculture of Ukrainians is now doing the unthinkable: defying government prohibitions and entering the highly radioactive Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Paul McCarthy's inflatable sculpture of a Christmas tree is displayed on the Place Vendome in Paris

Giant inflatable 'sex toy' sculpture in Paris is meant to be a Christmas tree

Paul McCarthy's artwork has made some passers-by uncomfortable

Testing for the virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Ebola outbreak: EU calls for a review of screening in West African airports

Panic as passenger is taken on flight from Lagos

A woman wears a kippah, the traditional Jewish headdress, as she takes part in a demonstration in Berlin

Israeli expats stir up trouble by urging others to join them in Berlin - and enjoy lower food prices

Outrage as economic discontent sees Jews give up on the Zionist dream and relocate to the birthplace of the Nazi party

Madame Rosa: The 103-year-old matriarch of Paris’s famed Winter Circus tells her incredible life story

Married inside a lions’ den, the circus doyenne has rubbed shoulders with opera diva Maria Callas and actresses Ingrid Bergman and Rita Hayworth – and outlived them all

Nigel Farage's anti-EU European Parliament group collapses after Latvian MEP leaves

Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule leaves EFDD

Medical staff wearing protection suits stand next to the Air France Airbus A321 which landed at Barajas International Airport

Ebola crisis: Air France flight grounded in Madrid Barajas airport over suspected case of disease

Officials have activated emergency protocol 

Oktoberfest tents to be used to house refugees fleeing crisis in Syria

More than 19,000 asylum applications were made by September in one year

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Sex and drugs and cigarettes trigger Italy’s economic revival

The country has narrowly escaped a third recession in six years

Pope Francis (R) delivering his speech during Monday's extraordinary synod

Vatican backtracks on gay tolerance comments after angry reaction from bishops

Vatican claims report is a ‘working document’ - not Church doctrine

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker