Canada vows to defend Santa Claus from Russian troops as row over territory escalates

Vladimir Putin told a defence ministry meeting that he wished to see the military bolster its presence in the territory

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Two French troops killed in gun battle

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brule, right, and editor Andrew Tuck

Immigration officials raid office of upmarket lifestyle magazine

Monocle's publisher, Tyler Brûlé, described the 'extraordinary' scenes as officers checked the visas of staff

UK wage rises set to lag behind European neighbours

The squeeze on British households is set to worsen next year as companies crimp pay rises to among the lowest in Europe.

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Deepa Naik, Trenton Oldfield and their daughter. The family face being split up if Oldfield is deported back to his native Australia

Trenton Oldfield deportation: Boat Race protester allowed to stay in UK

Activist wins 'unprecedented' deportation case as judge overturns Theresa May's decision

Rough Copy attend the premiere of Thor: The Dark World in Leicester Square

X Factor 2013: Luke Friend wins place in final as Rough Copy sent home

It's the end of the road for the Croydon group, who lost out to Luke Friend in the public vote

Heineken Cup round-up: Chris Ashton double tops Saracens romp

Saracens put the Heineken Cup quarter-finals in view by collecting a bonus point and top spot in Pool Three with a five-try victory away to Zebre in Pool Three. Chris Ashton scored two of them in the second half of the 39-10 triumph after Sarries led 25-0 at half-time courtesy of tries from George Kruis, Ernst Joubert and Chris Wyles.

Good luck to Tom Daley, but some questions remain...

There are already adverts appearing on the telly about the second series of Splash! coming to our screens in January. I appeared briefly on the first series, and every time one of the new ads is on I get terrible flashbacks to those weird weeks last January.

Clermont Auvergne wing Napolioni Nalaga celebrates one of his two tries against the Scarlets

Clermont Auvergne 32 Llanelli Scarlets 11 match report: Napolioni Nalaga double sinks Welsh club in dominant second-half performance

Scarlets held Clermont to a half-time 6-3 deficit but Heineken Cup favourites stretched their unbeaten home record to 68 matches

The British women's team pursuit have taken more than 10 seconds off their time in two months

Cycling World Cup: GB women smash own pursuit record – twice

“Let’s go faster,” suggested Katie Archibald, the newest addition to the women’s team pursuit line-up when questioned as to their ambition in Mexico this week at the second leg of the World Cup. And Archibald and her team-mates, Jo Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker, have done exactly that.

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'Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand was extraordinary'

Alain Sutter helped Roy Hodgson's Switzerland reach the last 16 in 1994

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Swiss Alain Sutter recalls playing under England manager in his first tournament

A view of the Maracana in Rio - where England will be based

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Alain Sutter, who was Hodgson's creative force in the Switzerland team, recalls his experiences under the current England manager

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