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

Rolf Schild

Businessman and kidnap victim

Westwood weighed down by Ryder Cup

Harrington on hold

Hockey: China topple holders

Hockey: Gilmour left out in the cold by Royce

JON ROYCE, the Great Britain women's coach, confirmed yesterday that the players not selected from the training squad for tours in the New Year - to Barcelona for games against Spain, Germany and Ireland and to South Africa for two games against the hosts and two against the Netherlands - could still work their way into the squad for next March's Olympic qualifier at Milton Keynes.

TRAVEL: DEALS OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Although Christmas shopping is a fraught business, it can often be made more enjoyable if you do it somewhere other than your local high street. Maybe it's something to do with not knowing what's around the next corner, or the possibility of finding an original gift. Combining shopping with a meal in a different restaurant, or a night or two in a hotel, all add to the experience.

Live: Travellers' tales

Mauricio Kagel QEH, London

Obituary: Willy Millowitsch

NO EUROPEAN city is so closely associated with an annual extravaganza of organised hilarity as Cologne with its carnival. Famous and notorious in equal measure, the event divides Germans into those who revel in the costumes, hearty humour, and beer on offer, and those who regard it as irredeemably vulgar and indicative of everything that is wrong with German popular culture. The one person who has been seen as an embodiment of this cocky cheeriness was the comic actor Willy Millowitsch.

Hockey: Simpson saves tiring Scotland

Scotland 3 Ukraine 2

Hockey: Simpson double strike

RHONA SIMPSON, Scotland's Great Britain striker, who has recently returned to the national side from injury, scored twice as Scotland beat Belgium 3-1 in Cologne yesterday in the European Women's Nations Cup. The result restored a little Scottish pride.

Hockey: England ready for Spanish opener

ENGLAND WOMEN'S disappointing World Cup campaign in Utrecht last year has taken some of the pressure off the squad as they prepare for their opening game against Spain in the European Cup in Cologne today.
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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture