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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.

Attackers throw firebombs at bank in Athens

Arsonists threw gas canisters and firebombs at a bank branch office in Athens today, causing serious damage to the building but no injuries, Greek police said.

Notorious Greek prisoner escapes by helicopter - again

Greece's most notorious prisoner escaped from an Athens jail on Sunday in a Hollywood-style helicopter getaway - for a second time.

Rioters in new clashes with police in Athens

Hundreds of rioters have battled police in central Athens, fire-bombing a credit reporting agency and attacking the city's Christmas tree two weeks after the police shooting of a teenager set off Greece's worst unrest in decades.

Riot police and protesters clash in Athens

Riot police clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in central Athens today, sending Christmas shoppers and people in cafes running for cover.

The Complete Guide To: The Greek Islands

If you've seen 'Mamma Mia!' you'll know its star is Skopelos, one of Greece's many entrancing isles. From Corfu to Santorini and Mykonos, everyone has their favourite, says Simon Calder

'Lesbians' don't have to be from Lesbos

A Greek court has dismissed a request by people living on the Aegean island of Lesbos to ban the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women.

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Amir Khan, the 17-year-old boxer, says his Olympic heroics will change little in his life. Promoters think otherwise.

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