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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

One of the cashiers in the ‘Kassensymphonie’ performs 'Jingle Bells'

Watch supermarket tills play 'Jingle Bells' in German advert

It may not have Monty the Penguin but this quirky commercial has already got nearly 2 million views

Orion capsule is headed into deep space – and it takes hopes for commercial space travel and Mars with it

After a private rocket blew up just weeks ago, and as public enthusiasm for space travel surges, the Orion launch could make or break commercial space travel and hopes for exploration of Mars

Members of French Parliament applaud after lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state

Palestinian statehood: French national assembly votes overwhelmingly to ask government to recognise Palestine

Support for the resolution is growing across Europe

Francois Crépeau, UN special rapporteur for migrants’ rights, criticised Britain’s decision not to support rescue missions in the Mediterranean

UN expert slams UK’s 'b*******' attitude to immigration

Britain attacked for its ‘fantasy of a core culture created 2,000 years ago and now being threatened’

Alois Brunner joined the Nazi party in 1931

Escaped Nazi whose only regret was 'that I didn't murder more Jews' died unpunished and unrepentant in Syria four years ago, investigator reveals

Alois Brunner sent at least 128,500 European Jews to the gas chambers during World War II, but the collapse of communism allowed him to live out the rest of his days in impunity

Christie's auction house in New York

Mother Goddess auction: Christie’s halts sale of 'stolen' $1m Bronze Age pagan icon after Sardinia campaigns for its return

Italian police intervene as politician demands an end to the 'robbery of the heritage and civilisation of Sardinia'

Francesco Schettino faces up to 20 years in jail for manslaughter

Costa Concordia trial: Francesco Schettino in court accused of multiple manslaughter

32 people died in the accident off the Italian coast

The Russian MiG came within 60 ft of the Norwegian F16

Video: Norwegian jet performs emergency manoeuvre to avoid Russian MiG

The Norwegian F16 had to perform the the evasive action during a Nato mission to scramble the Russian MiG jet

Germany revealed as main destination of EU migrants, as Poland vows to veto UK

Poles warn Cameron that discrimination on welfare payments crosses 'red line'

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy leaves the post after five years at the helm that were widely seen as successful

Former EU president Herman Van Rompuy gets £400,000 despite no longer working

Payment is supposed to deter the senior official from taking jobs which could create a conflict of interest

Polish deputy foreign minister Rafal Trzaskowski

Polish minister warns David Cameron that proposed migrant welfare reforms will cross a 'red line'

Rafal Trzaskowski said Poland would block the plans as they currently stand

With almost all votes counted from Sunday’s poll, the Moldovan pro-European parties had secured a combined vote of 44 per cent, enough to win a simple majority

Another Russian neighbour turns west as pro-European coalition prevails in Moldovan election

In July Moldova ratified a political and trade agreement with the EU and voters went into the election aware of how similar policies in Ukraine led to the current separatist war

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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
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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
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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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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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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

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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…
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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