News Far-right party Golden Dawn is expected to perform well in municipal and European Parliament elections

Athens plays centre stage to a worrying political development

Laeding article: Keep on running

The thought of running a marathon is daunting enough for most of us. But a marathon every day for a whole year? Beyond comprehension.

May: Tall ships on the Solent; oysters in Sweden

Where to go, what to do in 2011

Athens night club damaged by bomb blast



Police in Greece said a powerful bomb has exploded outside a closed night club in Athens, causing no injuries, in an attack linked with criminal extortion groups.

Greek embassy is latest target of 'anarchist' mail bomb campaign

Bomb disposal experts defused a parcel bomb that was delivered to the Greek embassy in Rome yesterday, four days after similar devices exploded at two other embassies, wounding two people.

Bomb defused at Greek Embassy in Italy

Bomb squad experts defused a package bomb that was delivered to the Greek Embassy in Rome on Monday, four days after similar mail bombs exploded at two other embassies, wounding two people.

Panathinaikos forced to play behind closed doors

Panathinaikos have been handed a two-game supporters ban by the Greek Super League after fans chased the players off the pitch and pelted them with missiles following a surprise home defeat at the weekend.

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Police tear-gas Athens protesters

Protesters clashed with riot police across Athens yesterday, torching cars, hurling petrol bombs and sending Christmas shoppers fleeing during a strike against austerity measures.

New general strike brings Greece to a halt

A new general strike hit Greece today, grounding flights and disrupting hospital and transport services as unions protested against freshly approved labour reforms amid painful austerity and rising unemployment.

Video: Athens riots mark anniversary of teenager's death

Greek police clashed with youths hurling petrol bombs in Athens yesterday during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that triggered the country's worst riots in decades.

Three hurt as anti-police protests turn violent

Young people hurled petrol bombs at police in Athens yesterday during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that triggered the country's worst riots in decades.

Greece student protest turns violent

Clashes break out in Athens as students from across demonstrate against education reforms.

The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran, By Homa Katouzian

Homa Katouzian's vast history relies mainly on one argument: that what we know as Iran has always been an unstable, fluctuating state, with revolts "a familiar feature"; mainly because, historically, when kings ruled, royal legitimacy "lacked a firm legal basis", so anyone with a big enough army could take charge.

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life, By Bettany Hughes

The shining names of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Archimedes have left a permanent mark in the annals of human civilization". These are not my words, but those of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and they are unarguably persuasive. Not a bad achievement for a thinker who, in the case of Socrates, left behind not a single unquestionably self-authored word.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee