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Those who endured Williams’s recent X Factor performance need not fear: this brassy sequel to 2001’s big-band LP Swing When You’re Winning, is actually rather listenable. Not to say it’s great: he’s a karaoke kind of crooner and some of the covers here – such as “I Wanna Be Like You” with Olly Murs – should have remained the preserve of some celebrity charity ball.

Anarchy erupts in Greece as austerity bites

As Thessalonika riots, a town near Athens spins out of control with angry residents setting up massive roadblocks and hurling Molotov cocktails

Violence spikes in Greek rebel town

As explosions boom, the town's loudspeakers blare: "Attention! Attention! We are under attack!" Air raid sirens wail through the streets, mingling with the frantic clanging of church bells. Clouds of tear gas waft between houses as helmeted riot police move in to push back the rebels.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greece student protest turns violent

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

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.

Record number compete in Greek marathon

A record number of people took part in the Athens classic marathon yesterday to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the fabled run that inspired the modern event.

'Greek militants behind journalist's murder'

Leftist urban guerrillas shot dead a Greek reporter today, the first murder of a journalist in Greece in more than 20 years, police said.

Black Water Rising, By Attica Locke

A shortlisting for the Orange prize will have brought this, Attica Locke's debut, to a wider audience than its identity as a crime thriller might have expected. It is an above-average tale set in 1981, when racial tensions were at some height, and black lawyer Jay Porter is trying to practise, and make some money, in a poor part of Houston, Texas.

A Short Border Handbook, By Gazmend Kapllani

After so many books, and so much polemic, who can tell a fresh story about migrant life in Europe? Try this Albanian newcomer to Greece, who worked his way up from Athens kiosk vendor to philosophy student and then leading press columnist, but still has natives compliment him on his Greek. Identity politics and statistical quarrels don't interest him.

Democracy: Whose idea was this?

People power is messy – just ask a British politician. But they're in good company. Even the Ancient Greeks who invented democracy couldn't agree on what it meant, writes Paul Vallely

In Athens the day was calm. Then came night

Greek riot police fought street skirmishes with protesters in the heart of Athens last night after parliament agreed a draconian package of cuts and tax rises to qualify for an EU bailout. Although the running battles looked briefly dramatic, there was no repeat of the violence of Wednesday in which three people died when a bank was fire-bombed by a handful of anarchist demonstrators.

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