Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab begins life term

A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qa'ida started a life sentence without parole today.

1. Heat milk and add lemon

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Suarez: Saint and Sinner

Liverpool striker who will be centre of attention at Old Trafford today is a complex character whose desire to win can backfire, writes Ian Herbert

Travel Agenda: Westin Xian hotel; Amsterdam Fashion Week; Snowdrops by Starlight; Gothenburg's Passion for Food festival

Today: In central China, the Westin Xian hotel opens in the city of Xian. It has a large indoor pool, a Heavenly spa and a Cantonese restaurant. Nearby attractions include the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the 14th-century Drum Tower, built during the Ming dynasty. The 8,000-man Terracotta Army is a 30km drive to the east (starwoodhotels.com).

Prosecutors will not investigate Dutch TV cannibalism

Dutch prosecutors are not investigating a case of apparent cannibalism on a Dutch TV show in which presenters appeared to consume tiny pieces of each others' flesh that had been surgically removed.

Twosome: Martine and Louise Fokkens, stars of a new documentary

Siblings who put the sex in 'sexagenarian'

A documentary about two 69-year-old sisters has scandalised Holland. It's because they're prostitutes, says Geoffrey Macnab

Deals of the week: Amsterdam, Rome, Nepal

Less than £200... Going Dutch

Simon Calder: 'Free' flights that now cost a small fortune

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Netherlands split as anti-Muslim MP is cleared of hate charge

The acquittal yesterday of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred has split the Netherlands down the middle as effectively as the populist MP's right-wing rhetoric.

Amsterdam - up in smoke?

Amsterdam’s relaxed attitude has long been a draw for tourists. But as the city bans visitors from its infamous coffee shops, one resident, Senay Boztas, wonders if the high times are over

Services held to mourn Amsterdam gun victims

Church services were held yesterday in an Amsterdam suburb to mourn the six people killed by a gunman at a crowded shopping mall. Tristan van der Vlis, 24, opened fire on Saturday in Alphen aan den Rijn with what witnesses described as a machine gun, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Six killed, many injured in Dutch mall shooting

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam today, leaving at least six people dead and wounding 11 others, Dutch officials said.

Huge cache of child pornography seized

Bosnian police have seized around two million child pornography pictures and 7,000 video clips during the arrest of a man accused of being in an international online abuse ring.

In pictures - World Press Photo winners

South African photographer Jodi Bieber has won the highest accolade for the 54th annual World Press Photo competition, announced today in Amsterdam, for her stunning picture of a beautiful Afghan girl, Bibi, whose ears and nose have been violently mutilated.

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