Huge protest in Romania over spending cuts

Blowing whistles and chanting in protest at a plan to cut public sector wages in the hope of shoring up Romania's ailing economy, a crowd of 40,000 marches through Bucharest.

Benitez predicts tough European campaign

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned the club's Europa League campaign may be something of a war of attrition.

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On the anniversary of Ceausescu's death, Daniel McLaughlin examines the questions that continue to trouble the country the dictator tyrannised

Romania's revolution: The day I read my secret police file

Under Ceausescu's paranoid rule, Romania's Securitate built up a vast archive of intelligence about its citizens. On the anniversary of his fall, Oana Lungescu, who refused to become an informer, finds her records

Rangers fined after crowd troubled

Rangers have been fined 20,000 euros (£17,988) and been ordered to pay the cost of damage to the Steaua Stadium as a result of the improper conduct of their fans during the Champions League match against Unirea Urziceni in Romania last week.

Rangers did not underestimate Unirea says Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith insists their Champions League humbling at the hands of Unirea Urziceni was down to his players simply not being good enough on the night — and not because they underestimated their opponents.

Mary Dejevsky: This is the place for Euro passion

Bucharest Notebook: There were real, live Euro issues being fought over, as they related to Romania

Angela Gheorghiu: 'Difficult? No, I seek perfection'

Melba, Callas, Norman – Angela Gheorghiu, the operatic soprano of the age, can out-diva them all. But behind the no-shows and spats is a singer passionate about her art, discovers Jessica Duchen

The Complete Guide To: Transylvania

There's much more to Dracula's homeland than creepy castles and blood-soaked myths. Lucy Mallows uncovers a region so charming that even Prince Charles has a house there

Georgian President urges "compromise" on NATO membership

The Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, has urged Nato members to bury their differences and agree to a "compromise" that would accelerate his country's membership of the Western military alliance, despite the fallout from Georgia's six-day war with Russia.

Brown pledges financial support for Georgia

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today the Government was in "full support of the territorial integrity" of Georgia.

Pontecorvo wows Venice with Romanian gypsy film

In 1966, the year he was born, Marco Pontecorvo's father Gillo won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion with one of the greatest postwar Italian films, The Battle of Algiers. Forty-two years on, the soft-spoken cinematographer stood with a look of stunned bemusement on his face as the Venice audience gave him a standing ovation and 12 minutes of applause for his first film as director.

Leading article: Inaction speaks louder than fierce words

Nato ministers offer Georgia only minimal consolation

Leading article: It's time for a more nuanced approach to the Kremlin

It would be easy to conclude that Nato's 20th summit in Bucharest and George Bush's follow-up visit to Sochi have widened the gulf between the West and Russia. Easy, but not necessarily correct. True, the list of subjects over which the two sides spar remains lengthy, starting with Nato expansion into Ukraine and Georgia, the planned US missile defence shield in Eastern Europe and Kosovo's independence. But look closer and the much talked-about great clash is not getting any worse. On the contrary, both Russia and the US drew more success from the Nato summit in Bucharest than has been conceded, while the gap between Washington and Moscow may be closing. Cue for a further warming of ties following Dmitri Medvedev's coronation as Russia's President on 7 May.

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