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Snap regional elections in Spain as anti-austerity party Podemos leads polls

Since its creation last year, Podemos has rocketed to a leading position in polls

Head of the radical left Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, leaves a polling station in Athens

Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party

Success for Syriza party may provoke economic siege by European Union

Visitors at Auschwitz in the snow. A ceremony today will mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation by the Soviet army in 1945

Auschwitz survivors remember horror of the camp 70 years on: 'In there you got used to anything'

Josef Paczynski survived his time in Auschwitz because he was personal barber to Rudolf Höss

St Peter's Square: Balloons replace doves in Vatican peace gesture after last year's seagull and crow attack

Last year, the feel-good practice became a public relations disaster

Germany 'halts weapons exports to Saudi Arabia'

The country has in the past exported considerable military goods to Saudi Arabia

Supporters of the radical opposition party Syriza celebrate after the initial exit poll results for Greece's general elections are revealed

Greece elections: Exit polls suggest strong victory for radical left Syriza party

Syriza has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back austerity measures

Spanish nurse and Ebola survivor Teresa Romero (C) and her husband Javier Limon (R) after receiving dog 'Alma' from Alcorcon's Mayor David Perez (L)

Spanish Ebola nurse whose dog Excalibur was put down amid riots adopts new pet 'Alma' – Spanish for 'Soul'

Teresa Romero said losing Excalibur was 'worst part' of contracting the deadly disease

Russia blocks UN Security Council statement condemning shelling of Ukrainian city that killed 30

Russia blocked the UN Security Council statement because it condemned separatist 'self-defence forces' backed by Russia

Human Rights Watch said there was no military target in the area

Ukraine crisis: Rocket attack in Mariupol kills and injures dozens

Pro-Russian separatists say offensive to take city has begun

Samaras at a party rally on Friday

Greece elections: Voters will choose the Syriza party – and send a defiant message to the EU

The radical left is likely to defeat the centre-right governing party today, challenging Brussels over repayment of €320bn debt and enforced reduction of living standards

Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food

Burger King said the branch manager has been removed from his position

Nuns gather in St Peter's Square for Pope Francis I's inauguration mass in March 2013

Nun gives birth to surprise baby after complaining of stomach pains

The woman was rushed to hospital where doctors told her she was pregnant

Ukrainian loyalist fighters from the Azov Battalion stand guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol on August 30, 2014

Ten killed in eastern Ukraine as Russian separatists bombard key city of Mariupol

Capturing Mariupol would allow the Russian separatists to link up the territory they hold with Russia

Ballet dancers, performing for a film in Athens, dance in front of the Parliament building ahead of the general election

The last stand of Greece's ruling elite

As Greece prepares to vote tomorrow, the ruling New Democracy party is fighting back with claims that a win for poll-leaders Syriza will drag the country back to the past

Alexander Zakharchenko's has vowed for a renewed push by the rebel forces

Donetsk's rebel leader vows 'there will be no more ceasefire agreements'

Alexander Zakharchenko says there will be 'no more weakness'. Meanwhile, the people of Donetsk are hungry, writes Oliver Carroll

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee