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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

In happier times: giant tortoises Bibi and Poldi at Klagenfurt Zoo in Austria

The 115-year itch: zoo shellshocked as tortoises Bibi and Poldi's epic affair ends in a quickie divorce

Bibi attacked Poldi and bit off a chunk of the male turtle's shell, before further attacks

Win a sumptuous three-night stay at one of Austria's finest experience hotels

Austria is a country famed for its beautiful cities, lovely countryside and a relaxed, healthy outlook on life, and it is more and more becoming the chosen location to break away from hectic lifestyles and get back in touch with nature.

Jessica Ennis laughs off 'fat' suggestions

Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis today laughed off suggestions that she was "fat".

The media can't get enough of Jessica Ennis

Athletes are the perfect fit for a sex-mad media

Hot bodies will be as sought-after as gold medals this summer, as Tim Walker reports

Franciszek Smuda said choosing Poland's European Championship squad had been 'incredibly hard'

Franciszek Smuda backs Poland to progress at Euro 2012

The Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda, yesterday announced the European Championship co-hosts' 23-man squad, and declared it the worst moment of any coach's career. Smuda made the announcement, including telling the three players who were surplus to requirements, as Poland wrapped up their training camp less than two weeks before kicking off the tournament.

Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years

Lindt's trademark hopes felled by lawyers' rabbit punch

Lindt & Sprüngli, the Swiss confectioner that has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years, has been dealt a crushing blow by the European Union's Court of Justice.

View of Vienna

A Viennese whirl through the life of Klimt

The Austrian capital is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth. Adrian Mourby explores the city he called home

Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie ahead of their half-marathon race in Vienna tomorrow

Paula Radcliffe: I'd be happy with a medal of any colour

Radcliffe admits she is not the Olympics force she was ahead of novelty race with Gebrselassie

24-hour room service: 25hours Hotel, Vienna

Roll up, a chic circus is in town

One Minute With: Donna Leon, crime writer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner

Daredevil joins the 13-mile-high club as record bid nears

The skydiver Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway to his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

Skiing: Mielzynski pulls off slalom shock

Former water-skier Erin Mielzynski caused a surprise yesterday, winning a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang in a combined time of one minute 53.59 seconds. The 21-year-old Canadian had a previous best finish of 13th at this level. "I just skied on race day like I do in training," she said.

Dutch prince hit by avalanche flown to London

Dutch prince Johan Friso has been flown from Austria to a hospital in London, nearly two weeks after a skiing accident left him with brain damage.

Jbe Kruger collected a maiden European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi

Kruger holds on after Whiteford disqualification

Jbe Kruger collected a maiden European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi, after Scotland's Peter Whiteford was disqualified late in the third round for moving his ball.

Dutch prince fights for life after being buried in avalanche

Prince Johan Friso, a prominent member of the Dutch royal family, was in a critical condition last night after being struck and buried by an avalanche while out skiing in the Austrian Alps.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?