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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

Visitors look at the sculpture of the Greek river god Ilissos at the State Hermitage Museum

Elgin Marbles: Fury in Greece as statue is loaned to Russian museum

Greece’s Prime Minister called the move a “provocation” to his country’s people.

A homeless man wearing one of Marseille's controversial health badges on 3 December

French homeless ID cards with yellow triangles likened to Nazi-era yellow stars

The health initiative in Marseille has been scrapped after the outrage

Website reports only good news for a day, loses two thirds of its readers

Headlines included 'No disruption on the roads despite snow'

Video: Italian police release CCTV of mafia boss arrest

Massimo Carminati is alleged to have been at the head of a ring bribing Italian politicians

François Hollande, at the Elysée Palace yesterday, spoke out after attacks on Jews in France almost doubled in one year

Brutal anti-Semitic rape and robbery ‘an assault on all France holds dear’, says President François Hollande

A young Jewish couple were tied up and robbed at gunpoint and the young woman was gang raped, authorities said

Colonel Daniel Rudolf Anrig at a 2010 ceremony in honour of 147 men who died defending the Pope in 1527

Sacking of Rome: Pope removes head of Vatican's Swiss Guards for being too strict

The Pontiff was shocked recently to find the same guard had been on duty outside his private rooms all night

Latvian MP steps down from ruling Unity party after tweeting praise for the Nazis' murdering of gay people

Inga Priede was formerly a member of Latvia’s ruling party Unity

Vlad all over: this T-shirt of the Russian president sells for 1200 roubles (£15)

Vladimir Putin's biggest fan club: Media-savvy youth group Set is churning out propaganda and clothing to promote Russia's leader

The fast-growing youth group for the Russian leader's most eager fans peddles edgy T-shirts and cool posters. And there's not a trace of irony in sight, reports Anna Nemtsova
The omelette contained 840kg of eggs and weighed 1.5 tonnes

Huge fry-up turns sour after Spanish city's record omelette bid falls flat

The tortilla de patatas contained 840kg of eggs, 1,600 potatoes, 30 onions, 150 litres of olive oil and weighed 1,500kg

Sophie Serrano (left) and her daughter Manon Serrano leave court in Grasse, southern France, after a hearing for damages

French families sue clinic and staff for €12m over suffering caused by cot blunder that saw baby girls swapped at birth

The changelings were 10 years old before the mistake was revealed

Massimo Carminati is arrested in Rome. Carminati, an alleged far-right domestic terrorist in the 1970s, was arrested along with other 36 people in a sweeping probe of ties between gangsters based in the Italian capital and allegedly corrupt city politicians

New Mafia group sweeps across Rome sucking hundreds of millions of euros out of Italy's near-bankrupt capital

Citizens stunned by levels of corruption allegedly involving the collusion of police and secret services

Costa Concordia trial: Footage ‘shows Captain Francesco Schettino preparing to flee sinking cruise ship’

Schettino denies that he is guilty of manslaughter, after he steered a cruise ship close to a Tuscan island and crashed into rocks

Skype co-founder takes on his own company with competitor, Wire

Former Skype team members have joined the new service, which hopes to reimagine chat apps and fix their problems

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J Jefferson Farjeon at home in 1953
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Stacey Dooley was the only woman to be nominated in last month’s Grierson awards
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick