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Black Pete: 'Cheese-face' to partially replace blackface during Dutch festivities

Black Petes will be joined by Petes painted as cheeses and caramel waffles

A Serbian fan attacks an Albanian player

Serbia-Albania match abandoned after drone carrying flag sparks mass brawl on pitch

The powderkeg was lit after Serbian striker Stefan Mitrovic pulled down a flag that was flown above the ground by a drone alongside a map of Kosovo

Pro-independence Catalans at a rally on Sant Jaume square in Barcelona last month

Catalonia independence: ‘There will be ballots’, says Catalan leader despite Madrid court ruling to suspend referendum

Artur Mas now plans a 'consultation', but conceded that the 9 November poll had now become a 'preliminary vote before the definitive one'

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan poses for pictures with the Irish 2015 budget in Dublin

Ireland goes austerity-free in new budget

Finance Minister announces plans to phase out a tax loophole used by multinationals

The vineyards of western France, including the Bordeaux region, are more susceptible to the fungi

Bumper French wine grape harvest clouded by threat of wood decay

Disease which rots vines now affects 12 per cent of vineyards and is spreading fast

The French have made the most requests to Google to remove web links from its results under the 'right to be forgotten' in Europe

Google's right to be forgotten: Do the French have the most to hide?

French citizens have made 29,250 link removal requests - more than any other country in Europe

While California has registered growers to supply medical marijuana, the vast bulk of the state’s crop is illegal

Marijuana to be grown by Italian army – in order to bring the price down

The price of imported, pharmacy-bought weed as gone up 10 times as much as street prices

Daniela Poggiali

Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali is accused of killing 'up to 38 patients because she found them annoying'

The 42-year-old is being held on an alleged murder charge after one suspicious hospital death and police are investigating more

The patient had been transported in isolation for treatment at the St Georg Hospital hospital in Leipzig last week

Ebola in Germany: UN worker who contracted virus in Liberia dies in Leipzig

The 56-year-old man was transported for treatment last week

Economic warfare with the West is driving down the rouble

Investors abandon Russia as Putin risks economy for Crimea

Economic sanctions are biting in Russia but President Putin is showing little sign of softening his approach to the West, while at home tougher state controls have led to the arrest of another member of the business elite

Italian gay rights supporters outside the Colosseum during a protest in 2009 against an increasing number of homophobic attacks

Vatican says homosexuals 'have gifts to offer' in historic turnaround

Cardinal raises the prospect of the Catholic Church recognising the positive aspects of same-sex relationships

Pope Francis (R) delivering his speech during an extraordinary synod of nearly 200 senior clerics in the Synod Aula at the Vatican on October 6, 2014.

Catholic Church acknowledges gay people have 'gifts and qualities to offer' at synod

The statement has been hailed as a 'breakthrough' by rights groups

Animal sex will be made illegal in Denmark

Denmark moves to ban bestiality: Controversial right to have sex with animals will be outlawed

The Nordic country has been isolated after many of it's neighbours banned bestiality, leading to a rise in animal sex tourism

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais: The grim corner of Europe finding a new meaning in art and culture

The unlovely and unloved region is reinventing itself as a new cultural hotspot

Hitler was 'a regular user of crystal meth', American Military Intelligence dossier reveals

The Fuhrer was a famous hypochondriac and took over 74 different medications, including methamphetamines

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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

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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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
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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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
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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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

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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
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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
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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