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Postcard from... Venice

World

Not content with pinching our sunbeds in Magaluf and seizing hold of Europe’s export market, Germans have gone a step further by making off with one of Venice’s gondolas. The teutonic miscreants took the vessel last Friday night before being nabbed near a canal in the early hours by local police.

Postcard from... Venice

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Cuba-US relations: How the Caribbean island stood up to Uncle Sam and became the home of radical chic

Cuba-US relations: A missile crisis, a botched invasion, exploding cigars - a feud rich in iconic moments

Former Cabinet ministers speak at meeting of fringe group with 'vile' views about women, gay marriage and immigration

UK Politics

Owen Paterson and Liam Fox have both reportedly addressed the right-wing London Swinton Circle

Owen Paterson, the former Environment Secretary and Liam Fox, former Defence Secretary

Middle classes use charity services far more than Britain's poor

Middle classes use charity services far more than Britain's poor

Judge uses Shakespeare's 'King Lear' to decide divorce settlement figure

Police officers charged over death of mentally ill man in cell

The great British library betrayal: Closures have brought national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry

Airline pilots exposed to as much UV radiation as regular sunbed users

Health News

Scientists recommend pilots use sunscreen

The research suggests for pilots to wear sunscreen when flying

NHS services cut in Nottingham after doctors quit rather than work for private firm

Copper in hospitals proven to 'contact kill' bugs and viruses causing MRSA and pneumonia

Yoga health benefits: Study reveals this ancient practice is as good for you as cycling or aerobics - but scientists can't explain why

Playing video games can be bad for your health, researchers claim

Peshawar school attack: Arcs of extremism

Editorials

If escalating violence is the consequence of the massacre, then the Pakistani government will have failed

Romantic fiction: A review of libraries that fails to address the real problem

From primary schools to the economy, end-of-year reasons to be cheerful

Life on Mars? The imagination runs wild – and not in a good way

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Parting shots leave no room for seasonal goodwill

How many Christmas cards have you sent this year?

Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

Athletics

Tragedy touched 21-year-old athlete in a year when he turned promise into medals. Life is short, he tells Matt Majendie, and now he wants to be the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m

Adam Gemili says he is now more established with the 100m

Scunthorpe prevail against Worcester after FA Cup-record 32-penalty shootout

Five reasons why Southampton's great run ended

Kevin Garside: No alternative for Michael Garcia as report gets lost in Fifa’s warped fiefdom

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The Fight for Saturday Night, TV review: Top marks for Michael Grade's illuminating look at television's golden age

Reviews

It's been a while since we looked back at the world of Seventies and Eighties light entertainment. One forgets why. Anyway, to remedy that, last night BBC4 devoted 90 minutes to the battle for Saturday night TV ratings since the birth of ITV. So far, so esoteric (this is BBC4, after all).

Didn’t he do well? Bruce Forsyth presenting ‘The Generation Game’

Radio 4's The Invisible Age, review: A wise, mature reflection on our ageing population

Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writing of George Orwell, edited by Peter Davison, book review

Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writing of George Orwell, edited by Peter Davison, book review

Radio 4's The Invisible Age, review: A wise, mature reflection on our ageing population

Former Northern Foods chairman Lord Haskins slams his firm’s new owner for bullying suppliers

Business News

Exclusive: But 2 Sisters says it operates in a 'manner very similar to most other large companies'

James Moore: Here’s who can stop the bullying by our food-making behemoths...

Rocket Internet: Attack of the online clones

Hamish McRae: Fear factor? Let’s worry about stagnation rather than catastrophe

Federal Reserve leaves markets confused about timing of rate rise

10 best Christmas table decorations

House & Garden

From festive placemats and napkins  to freshly made centrepieces,  IndyBest finds decorative pieces  to enliven your Christmas table

10 best high-end laptops

11 best cycling gloves

Christmas 2014: 11 best real wreaths

Christmas 2014: 11 best mince pies

Peugeot 308 SW, motoring review: Worthy of awards - but save money and opt out of sport mode

Road Tests

PRICE From £22,095 (e-THP 130 model tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY 1.2 litre 3 cylinder petrol
POWER OUTPUT (bhp @rpm) 126 @ 3500
TOP SPEED (MPH) 127
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 60.1
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 109

Rhodri Marsden: "The NoPhone is funny but let's say 'bah humbug' to anti-smartphone grouches"

Rhodri Marsden: "The NoPhone is funny but let's say 'bah humbug' to anti-smartphone grouches"

Peugeot 308 SW, motoring review: Worthy of awards - but save money and opt out of sport mode

Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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