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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.

Sofka Zinovieff: Misunderstood and insulted, we are left with the taste of bitter oranges

Suggestions that the Acropolis be sold off have not been taken kindly. The venom coming from Germany has appalled people

The Orange Prize longlist in full

Policemen deny 'murder' that sparked riots

Athens Two policemen pleaded not guilty yesterday on charges of fatally shooting a teenager in an incident that provoked nationwide riots in Greece in December 2008.

Christos Lambrakis: Press baron who used his empire to wield influence in Greece for more than half a century

Christos Lambrakis was invariably known as the Citizen Kane of Greece, the Patriarch of Greek media, the dark centre of diaploki (interwoven interests) and as a champion of democracy and patron of the arts. For over half a century he had eyes and ears throughout Greek society and was credited with making and breaking governments, yet hardly anything was written about him. He inspired fear, deference and admiration in equal measure. Until his death, a Google search under his name provided only a handful of superficial results. The only work about him published in Athens, in 1982, disappeared from bookshops the following day and its editor was advised not to pursue the matter. He complied but kept a single copy in his run-down office.

Athens burns again on riot anniversary

Police firebombed and stoned in protest over shooting of youth last year

Mother of balcony death boy has new baby

The ex-wife of a man who pushed their son to his death from a hotel balcony in Crete has had a baby, her family said today.

Dying winds bring relief to firefighters in Greece

Government forced to defend handling of blazes as recriminations begin

Fires near Athens recede

Dying winds today helped fire-fighters beat back wildfires that swept through suburbs of Athens, forcing thousands to flee and putting the government on the defensive before an expected snap election.

Thousands flee as fire and destruction advance on Athens

Greek authorities in plea for help as they struggle to fight flames

Fires reach Athens suburbs, thousands evacuated

Fire tore through suburbs north of Athens early this morning, destroying homes and forcing thousands to flee in nighttime evacuations, fire service and local officials said.

Fire threatens Athens as gale-force winds fan flames

Wildfires fuelled by gale-force winds were threatening the suburbs of Athens last night as thousands of residents fled to safety.

Trail of the Unexpected: South of Athens lie the Lord of the Sea's ancient remains

As you wander around the Greek capital, spare a thought for Poseidon. How different things might have been had the sea god won the epic showdown for the city, back in mythical times.

Bomb explodes outside tax office

A powerful bomb exploded outside an Athens tax office early today causing considerable damage but no injury, Greek police said.

Jerry Rosenberg: Convicted killer who became a lawyer and prisoners’ advocate

"Attica State, Attica State, we’re all mates with Attica State” sang John Lennon, commenting on the notorious prison siege of summer 1971 which left more than three dozen dead during a politically febrile period in post-war America.

Hogan 'must not intrude on daughter's life'

The family of John Hogan's former wife said today they will fight to protect his daughter Mia from "unwanted intrusion by her father".

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