Germany’s left-wing Green Party among those criticising anti-Catholic demonstration as ‘disrespectful’

They'll be dancing in the street

Once a pagan festival, the carnival before Lent is now a glorious affair in many countries.

Obituary: Lord Borthwick

Among the businessmen and parliamentary regulars of the Monday Edinburgh-to-London British Airways shuttle there develops a certain camaraderie. In the mid-1980s there was added to our number an octogenarian but agile figure wearing a Gunners' tie, a wax- moustached Colonel Blimp, albeit always with an unlikely rucksack over his shoulder. This was the sheep farmer John Henry Stuart Borthwick of that Ilk, 23rd Lord Borthwick, Baron of Heriotmuir, 17th Laird of Crookston, Hereditary Royal Falconer of Scotland, and for three years, 1970-72, the highly regarded president of the West Lothian and Midlothian area of the National Farmers' Union, on his way to and fro to serve his country - and the Conservative Party - in the House of Lords.

Shoppers in a muddle

German shopowners found stores emptying early on the second Saturday of the Christmas season as consumer confusion over new shop hours knocked 10 per cent off turnover. Under new rules, they can stay open until 6pm in the four Saturdays of Advent - later than the new closing time of 4pm.

Softly, softly

on the Huddersfield Festival's tribute to a composer who made no concessions

Leeds go back to drawing board


LETTER: German answer

Sir: At last, the definitive reasons for the League of Nations failing in the 1930s (Andrew Marr, 7 March). Had all in Europe learnt German and seen the superiority of Germany's culture and economy, war could so easily have been avoided.

Druids offer up cancer cure as mistletoe bestows kiss of life

MISTLETOE - venerated by the ancient Druids for its healing powers - is the latest cure for cancer, according to new research in London and Moscow.


Benedikt Taschen has made a fortune publishing fine art books at knock-down prices. What is his secret? His sharp business sense? His aesthetic discernment? Or his unfailing instinct for a good set of dirty pictures?


The Nottingham Forest side that beat Malmo to win the European Cup in 1979 produced eight past or present managers, among them Tony Woodcock, whose experience so far has been gained wholly in Germany.

Racing: Germany is fourth

Lanfranco Dettori, who deserted Ascot to ride in Germany yesterday, was out of luck when Germany, the horse, failed to complete a Group One hat-trick when fourth to Solon in the Europa Preis in Cologne. "He is over the top," Dettori said.

Three die as tour bus is seized in Cologne

Hostages stand-off: Gunman's motive unkown as seven-hour incident ends with attack by armed police

Television to murder for

'Resort to Murder', the new thriller series from the Beeb, is far from a classic whodunnit with its Goths, Skins and Crusties. It has itself diced with death, writes Elizabeth Udall

Fast lane or scenic route: Europe by car

Driving across the Continent needn't be hell. Follow Chris Gill's suggested routes to three popular destinations

Voices from the other side

Marie Kuhn's secret record of her conversations with Nazi prisoners of war has surfaced after 50 years. Marie Woolf met her

Token tourist Gunnar Lamprecht

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London