News View of hundreds of files in the archives of the former East German secret police, known as the Stasi in Berlin

James Hall had been forgotten after serving 25 years in prison – until the very different case of the NSA whistleblower brought the intelligence community back into the headlines

Neil Lennon is at the centre of celebrations after Celtic clinch the title

Champions League: Celtic will play either Elfsborg or Daugava Daugavpils in qualifier

A trip to Sweden or Latvia awaits the Scottish champions

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov

Chechen militant, Doku Umarov, targets Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russia’s most wanted terrorist has vowed to cause havoc at next year’s Winter Olympics in a chilling video message posted online.

Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe

US General James Cartwright under investigation for leaking classified information on Iran cyberattack

A number of national security leak investigations have been started by the Obama administration

British teenager dies after plunging 10 floors from a hotel balcony in Bulgaria

Liam Davies, 19, was on a package holiday with friends

Marina Litvinenko and (inset) her husband in hospital

Widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko says Government is trying to force her to give up attempts to uncover why Russian spy husband was murdered

Marina Litvinenko will boycott inquest unless urgent public inquiry is ordered to replace it

Global über-collectors out in force for London art sales

Auctioneers are pinning their hopes on "über-collectors" to help London's summer art sales top last year's $1bn (£660m) total when the series kicks off later this month.

Postcard from... Sozopol

On shaky ground Dubai is the world’s second-most booming property market – but prices are still 35 per cent down on 2006 levels after a $10m bailout from neighbours Abu Dhabi

The winners and losers in overseas property game

Exotic, obscure locations were the place to buy in 2006 but the game has changed. By Graham Norwood

The News Matrix: Saturday 18 May 2013

Dead children’s IDs ‘commonly used’

Krista Siegfrids' stage routine features passionate kissing with a female dancer

Eurovision 2013 to feature first lesbian kiss in protest against lack of gay marriage legislation

Finnish singer Krista Siegfrids hopes to make a statement with "Marry Me"

Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest airports with over 70 million passengers a year

Restricted Heathrow is failing to serve UK, warns airport tsar

Sir Howard Davies tells Simon Calder that London’s hub needs to think nationally

Portfolio: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

The true colours of Tsarist Russia revealed

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrive to address the media after their meeting in Sochi

'History of Syria being written in blood of its people' says David Cameron after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin

But talks appeared to provide little concrete progress in search for solution to the crisis

Borscht at Little Georgia

Samuel Muston: On the Menu

This week I've been eating... Borscht and Blinis

Russian spy, Raymond Poeteray, is jailed at The Hague

A diplomat has been jailed for 12 years for passing secret Nato and EU documents to Russia. The case is linked to that of a couple on trial in Germany who are also accused of being Russian spies.

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Songs from the bell jar

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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