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German city enlists alcoholics to scrub streets clean, pays them in beer

The ‘Pick Up’ project claims to add structure to addicts’ lives

Marine Le Pen had her driving license revoked in 2012

Marine Le Pen has driving license revoked, but blames chauffeur

She also failed to pay €3,000 in legal fees

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Revealed: The best and worst countries in the world to grow old

Britain came 11th in the Global AgeWatch Index of 96 countries

76-year-old woman allegedly raped in France after telling a group of men 'to be quiet'

Police have arrested one man in connection with the alleged attack

The San Lorenzo mountain, which borders Chile and Argentina

Top international skiers Jean Phillipe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson found dead after Chile avalanche

The pair were described as legends of the extreme skiing community

Iraqi firemen work at the scene of a car bomb explosion in the town of Ashar, in Basra

Iraq crisis: Dozens killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in Baghdad

The attacks were carried out in mainly Shia Muslim areas.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive for a civil ceremony to make their marriage official in Italy

George Clooney and his bride unfazed by the angry protesters in Venice

Council workers sent an open letter to the Hollywood star asking him to support their cause

Worst year on record for deaths in Mediterranean with over 3,000 casualties

The total is more than double the previous annual high in 2011, and 75 per cent of the 4,077 migrant deaths globally this year

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy remains open to talks with the Catalan government

Catalonia independence: Spanish government acts to halt referendum

The Spanish government has filed appeals at the country's top court to try and halt the powerful north-eastern region of Catalonia from staging an independence referendum.

Chemists announce that they are going on strike today ‘to protect people’s health’

France strikes: If it’s Tuesday, then it must be the chemist shops

France is a country that clamours for 'change' but detests changes. Chemists, lawyers, pilots and plumbers are all determined to resist it

A general view of the festival ground during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich September 20, 2014.

British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany

The tourist was attacked by two men at the annual event in Munich

The moment Pope Francis swapped his hat with the television presenter.

Pope Francis' hat sells for almost £70,000 on Ebay in charity auction

The Pope swapped his zucchetto with a new one from a TV presenter

A worker controls arrival of a supply ship to the West Alfa drilling platform, which is anchored at the Cara Sea some 250 km (156 miles) north off Russian shore

Russian energy firm strikes oil in world’s most northerly well

Greenpeace is running a campaign against oil exploration in the Arctic, claiming that it is 'a dangerous, high-risk enterprise'

A monster truck in action during a demonstration in Haaksbergen,The Netherlands

Monster truck kills two after careering into crowd at car show

The vehicle reportedly lost control as it was attempting a stunt during the annual show in the city of Haaksbergen

Pro-independence Catalans at a rally on Sant Jaume square in Barcelona on Saturday after the President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed the provision to hold a referendum on 9 November

Catalonia independence: Spanish government to lodge appeal against 'illegal' referendum set to take place on 9 November

Madrid is launching a legal appeal today to thwart the latest attempt by Spain’s richest region to hold a referendum on independence. Alasdair Fotheringham reports from Madrid on the growing conflict with Catalonia

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album