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

Peter Zumthor's experiments in space

The designer of this year's Serpentine Gallery pavilion is Peter Zumthor, a visionary whose best work is as much land art as architecture. Jay Merrick meets him

In a time before sat-nav...

Before the world was mapped so comprehensively by Google's camera cars, the colour plates that make up publisher Georg Braun and engraver Franz Hogenberg's survey of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America would have performed a similar function.

Ballack fined for leading chants

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack was fined €8,000 (£7,060) yesterday for unsportsmanlike behaviour after he led anti-Cologne chants.

School trips firm expands in Europe with £31m deal

Holidaybreak, the owner of the school trips operator NST, has expanded its list of destinations with a £31m deal for 50 per cent of the Berlin-based tour operator Meininger. Holidaybreak, which also owns summer camps arm PGL and operations in adventure travel, hotel breaks and camping, said Meininger had 10 city-centre sites near cultural locations, including in Cologne, Frankfurt, Vienna, London and Munich. Five more sites are due to open next year.

Album: Caldara in Vienna, Philippe Jaroussky (Virgin Classics)

Echoes of Venice are few in Jaroussky's recital of Antonio Caldara's castrato arias, though "Se un Core Annodi", from Achille in Sciro, has a welcome hint of carnival sass.

Cargo bomb timed to detonate over US

The bomb found on the cargo plane at East Midlands Airport last month was timed to detonate over the eastern seaboard of the United States, Scotland Yard said today.

Travel challenge: European Christmas markets

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: short break in Europe to visit a Christmas market. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together on 10 December.

Why I loved my toxic mother

Lotte Berk was a charismatic fitness guru in the Sixties, with legions of fans. But she was also cruel, callous and neglectful, says her daughter, Esther, who tells Kate Burt how she learned to forgive

Eurostar offers breakfast in London, lunch in Brussels, dinner in Cologne

Eurostar yesterday unveiled the train that it hopes will see off competition from rival operators through the Channel Tunnel – and offer new direct links from London to cities deeper in Europe.

Chris McGrath: Who are you calling Teutonic? How Podolski became the face of melting-pot Germany

World Cup Lives: Born in Silesia, he is the outsider who became a truly local hero

Sigmar Polke: Artist whose work confronted Germany's post-war demons

In 1964 the German artist Gerhard Richter gave an interview to a critic called John Anthony Thwaites in which he made a number of surprising revelations; among them, that his pictures had been used to torture inmates in concentration camps and had, by their sheer power, killed off Joseph Stalin.

Tim Sturtridge: Was Germany 4 England 1 the greatest match ever?

After hiking to and from Durban for the much vaunted clash of Jogo Bonito it was a blessing to sit back and watch two European sides rarely associated with attacking verve go at one another hammer and tongs for the full 90 minutes.

Germany v England player ratings

Man-for-man ratings from Bloemfontein

Gary Newbon: Never under-estimate the Germans

I kept hearing it a few weeks ago. The Germans are young, inexperienced, not good. England would beat them easy.

WIN! A two-night break for two in Cologne

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Cologne, Germany.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment