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Madeleine McCann: The girl was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007

Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard fly to Portugal to observe new questioning of witnesses

Part of Scotland yard's Operation Grange was launched in 2011 after a number of appeals from Gerry and Kate McCann

Some assume that a frozen conflict – to be switched on and off at Moscow’s behest – is the Kremlin’s preferred outcome for the region

Ukraine analysis: Russia may prefer an extended 'frozen conflict' but freezing conditions loom for all

Some assume that a frozen conflict – to be switched on and off at Moscow’s behest – is the Kremlin’s preferred outcome for the region

With her 10th year in office fast approaching, domestic opponents to convince, and her own Christian Democrats party to reassure, Angela Merkel has stepped up her criticism of Russia’s policies in Eastern Europe and attacked Italy and France for alleged budgetary sloppiness

With her eye on allies and party, Angela Merkel talks tough on foreign policy - tackling Russia, Italy and France

Chancellor’s remarks on Russia and EU may be primarily for domestic consumption

Living underground in bomb shelters and cellars has become a way of life for people near the rebel-held city of Donetsk as war rages between rebel and government forces above ground

Ukraine goes underground: Families living in cellars in Donetsk feel they have been abandoned by the government in Kiev

Families in Kosareva Street in west Donetsk are on the front line as the shelling intensifies between rebels and government troops. Oliver Carroll talks to those who have taken desperate measures to stay alive – by living their lives below ground

It has been claimed that North Korean government is responsible for a cyber-attack that saw five of Sony Pictures’ most eagerly anticipated projects leaked to the internet this week

Sony Pictures hack: North Korea calls attack a ‘righteous deed’, but denies involvement

Sony Pictures calls attack ‘unprecedented’ and ‘undetectable’, in apparent response to criticism

Protesters clash with police outside La Scala on Sunday night

Class war in Milan as riot police called in to deal with left-wing activists outside La Scala opera house

La Scala, an exclusive social club for Milan’s aristocracy and captains of industry, has always invited the opprobrium of left-wing activists

Berlin’s Görlitzer park, with its drug-dealing denizens, has become the centre of an ideological dispute

Kreuzberg: Berlin's hip district becomes a battleground between dealers and gentrification

Competing visions for Kreuzberg put the spotlight on Germany’s fractured urban culture

A handset created in Germany that allows users to play each other at Pong while waiting to cross the street

German traffic lights fitted with actual Pong games for pedestrians to play while they wait

Handsets let people play against those standing on the other side of the street

Protesters show their support for Emmanuel Giboulot during his trial

Burgundy winemaker cheers a 'victory for people power' after conviction for refusing to spray vines with pesticides is overturned

Emmanuel Giboulot refused to comply on the grounds that the flavescence dorée disease is not an immediate threat in his region
A pro-abortion demonstration in 2008

Vatican influence over Italy's health system is restricting abortions, doctors warn

The Catholic Church is encouraging hospitals to hire anti-choice gynaecologists and obstetricians

Greek protests: Demonstrations mark anniversary of unarmed teen's killing by police as riots break out over jailed anarchist

Alexandros Grigoropoulos, 15, was gunned down on 6 December, 2008, after a verbal altercation with police

Primas de Riesgo theatre company with their magazines and 'tickets'

Spanish theatre company swaps tickets for porn magazines to avoid 'scandalous' tax hike

Theatre tickets are subjected to 23 per cent tax, but magazines are taxed only 4 per cent in comparison under the government's latest budget cuts

Police hunting for British father-of-one who went missing during Prague stag weekend

A search is being carried out for Karl Law, 35, who went missing after night out

The appearance of Black Pete has been the subject of much debate

Black Pete: Documentary shows how Londoners, including Russell Brand, respond to ‘racist’ Christmas tradition

British people react to meeting traditional Dutch figure in the flesh

Vatican closes the book on financial practices 'from Middle Ages'

Revelations that hundreds of millions of euros have been found 'tucked away' in accounts of various departments of the Holy See

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