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

Arsène Wenger is hoping that Robin van Persie will stay with
Arsenal

Wenger hopes Podolski deal persuades Van Persie to stay

Arsène Wenger hopes that by signing Lukas Podolski he can convince Robin van Persie to commit himself to the club by agreeing a new deal this summer. The 28-year-old's present deal expires at the end of next season and talks are planned later this month amid interest from a number of top clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City.

Podolski doubtful for Bayern Munich game

Arsenal-bound striker Lukas Podolski is in a race to be fit for today's match against Bayern Munich.

Fritz Theilen: Member of the Edelweiss Pirates, the children who resisted Hitler

Fritz Theilen was a working class lad, who as a leading member of the anti-Nazi Edelweiss Pirates narrowly escaped public execution. He was born in the Ehrenfeld district of Cologne, an industrial, working-class area, in 1927. Like most other school boys he was enrolled in the Hitler Youth. He was expelled in 1940 for insubordination but on leaving school at 14 he was taken on as an apprentice toolmaker by Ford motors, which had opened in Cologne in 1931. There he saw the exploitation of slave labourers.

Jones says: 'I'm fine with talking about my relationship with my father now because I feel like I don’t have anything to prove'

Her dark materials: How Norah Jones finally exorcised her demons

She survived sudden stardom to sell more than 40 million albums. Ten years on, she has finally got to know her famous father. So why are pain and heartbreak still providing the inspiration for pop music's mistress of alchemy?

Bild reported that the 26-year-old Podolski has agreed a four year deal with Arsenal

Arsenal agree deal to sign Lukas Podolski

German daily Bild claim that Cologne and Arsenal have agreed on the transfer of Germany international Lukas Podolski.

Lukas Podolski is in scintillating form this season

Lukas Podolski tight-lipped over possible move to Arsenal

Cologne striker Lukas Podolski refused to comment on a possible move to Arsenal this summer after earning his side a point in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

Lukas Podolski has been linked with Arsenal

Arsenal 'target' Lukas Podolski set for Cologne exit

Cologne coach Stale Solbakken admits Lukas Podolski could leave the Bundesliga side at the end of the current season.

Winter Sports: Yarnold takes surprise third

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold won a bronze medal at the women's skeleton World Championship in New York State. The 23-year-old, who became junior world champion in Innsbruck in January but who was in only her third senior race, outpaced the British World Cup champion Shelley Rudman by 0.35 seconds.

Katherine Wynter, left, is making it in Cologne, but Kiki Lawrance is floundering in London

Where are they now? How last year's graduates are doing in the job market

A degree from a prestigious university is usually seen as a guarantee of a well-paid job. In reality, it's more like a raffle ticket: from Goldman Sachs to a bowling alley, LSE alumnus Theron Mohamed charts the diverse fortunes of his peers in the six months since graduation.

Dark souvenir: photograph taken by a German soldier, presumably to send back home

Robert Fisk: The shocking truth that killing can be so casual

More horror arrives in the mail.

Bobby Zamora punches the air afters coring a last-gasp winner against Arsenal at Craven Cottage last night

Zamora's late show ensures dramatic riposte for Fulham

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Quote of the day: Maria Eagle

Bright lights: The Christmas market at the cathedral

48 Hours: Cologne

A winter visit to this fine city on the Rhine offers Christmas markets, hearty food and drink, and invigorating art.

Boxing: 'Gutted' Macklin demands rematch after 'bad decision' favours Sturm

At the end of 12 fantastic rounds there was something sadly inevitable about the calculations from the three men at ringside when they confirmed that Britain's Matthew Macklin had lost his world title fight on Saturday by a debatable split decision.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee