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A US Air Force jet on a training mission crashed in western Germany yesterday, injuring the pilot as he ejected to safety, authorities said.

'German Fritzl' Detlef S jailed for incest and abuse

A German court has convicted a man who fathered eight children with his stepdaughter of scores of counts of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 14-and-a-half years in prison.

Frozen in time, 50 million years ago

A treasure trove of prehistoric insects preserved in amber has been found in India. Steve Connor takes a peek into the past

IVF chances raised with genetic screening

Four women have given birth to healthy babies after their eggs were genetically screened using a technique that offers hope to childless couples.

Fires lay ghostly shroud of smoke on Moscow

A miasma of smoke from wildfires cloaked the sweltering Russian capital on Friday, turning the city's spires into ominous blurs and grounding flights while glum pedestrians trudged the streets with faces hidden by surgical masks and water-soaked bandanas.

Nazi suspect 'aided death camp killings'

The world's third-most-wanted Nazi suspect, who allegedly participated in the murder of more than 430,000 Jews at the Belzec death camp, was involved in the entire killing process, according to court documents. They claim he participated in taking victims from trains to pushing them into gas chambers to throwing their corpses into mass graves.

Smallest lily saved from extinction

The world's smallest water lily, which was found growing in hot springs in Africa, has been brought back from the brink of extinction by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Leading article: Next year in Bonn

Disappointing the outcome of the Copenhagen summit may have been. And chaotic – the word used by Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Climate Change. But it was disappointing, in part, because expectations were so high, and one reason for the chaos was that so many countries, with such differing requirements and concerns, attended, not to speak of the specialists and NGOs demanding their say from the wings.

Otto Graf Lambsdorff: Flamboyant West German economics minister who brought down Helmut Schmidt

Otto Graf Lambsdorff, as he was known, had the distinction of serving as economics minister in Helmut Schmidt's left-of-centre government from 1977 until 1982, and then in Helmut Kohl's right-of-centre coalition until 1984.

The Fall of the Wall: 20 Years On

We know what happened in the years following the momentous events of 9 November 1989: the birth of a new Europe. But that week, fear mingled with hope – and The Independent's correspondents and photographers were there to capture the moment. In a special report, we present the first draft of history

When East met West: How Germany became one

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany's landscape has changed dramatically. Foreign correspondent Rupert Cornwell returns to his old stamping ground

1989 Europe's Revolution: The lost city of Bonn

Tony Paterson finds out how the old West German capital has coped with its loss of kudos

Climate warning as Antarctic ice bridge shatters

An ice bridge which held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place shattered at the weekend and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist has warned.

Love's Civil War, Edited by Victoria Glendinning with Judith Robertson

Love's Civil War is a most peculiar record of a long-distance love affair. Elizabeth Bowen met Charles Ritchie at a christening party in 1941. She was 41, a leading light of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy and the celebrated author of The House in Paris and The Death of the Heart. Charming, loquacious, impulsive and confiding, with a gift for witty description and warm friendship, she was a dazzling presence in the literary salons of wartime London.

The Revenger's Tragedy, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Bloody return for anti-hero Tompkinson

Stephen Frowen: Anglo-German economist

Horst Otto Frowein (Stephen Francis Frowen), economist: born Wuppertal, Germany 22 May 1923; Editor, The Bankers' Magazine 1956-62; Lecturer, Woolwich Polytechnic (now Greenwich University) 1962-66; Senior Lecturer, Surrey University 1967-87; Bundesbank Professor of Monetary Economics, Free University of Berlin 1987-88; Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Economics, University College London 1989-2007; Senior Research Associate and Fellow Commoner, St Edmunds College, Cambridge 1991-2007; married 1949 Irina Minsker (one son, one daughter); died Henfield, West Sussex 21 December 2007
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