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Anti-corporate demonstrators arrested

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Tories crash to another by-election defeat

Tories crashed to defeat against Labour in the latest council by-elections.

Douglas Alexander & Bert Koenders: The moral imperative behind a Copenhagen deal

Next month's climate change meeting in Copenhagen is even more important in the fight against poverty than the 2005 G8 meeting at Gleneagles.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen: A hard-headed pragmatism must dictate talks in Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Agreement should capture progress already achieved in the negotiations and at the same time provide for immediate action from next year. The Copenhagen Agreement should be political by nature, yet precise on specific commitments and binding on countries committing to reach certain targets and to undertake certain actions or provide agreed finance.

Debenhams acquires Danish chain for £12m

Debenhams has acquired a Danish department store chain for £12.3m, signalling its growing ambitions beyond the UK.

The Consorts of Death, by Gunnar Staalesen

Where the blood always runs cold

Crump looking to complete Speedway hat-trick

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix series heads to Poland on Saturday for the final round of the 2009 World Championship. Series leader Jason Crump, who all season long has looked to be heading for his third world championship trophy, still has some work to do to ensure that he completes his hat-trick of titles.

Danes pull 'offensive' tourism ad

Denmark's tourism agency has removed one of its advertisements from YouTube after complaints that it promoted promiscuity in the liberal Scandinavian country.

Bendtner and Denilson pen Arsenal contracts

Arsenal have confirmed that Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner have signed new long-term contracts with the club.

Player loses leg after lightning strike

A Danish player had his leg amputated six weeks after being struck by lightning during a friendly.

'People are always making comments to me. It's the height of bad manners'

If you're a self-conscious giant, the Tall Person's Club is for you. Kevin Rawlinson (5ft 5 1/2in) was made an honorary member

Nicholas Dane, By Melvin Burgess

This fine novel exposes the abusive regimes that operated in the worst British care homes during the 1980s. Given that there is now pressure to reduce the emphasis on fostering children at risk or abandoned in favour of more institutional solutions, Nicholas Dane is nothing if not timely. Set in Manchester and loosely based on Oliver Twist, it describes how 14-year-old Nicholas is taken into care after his single mother, a secret junkie, dies of an overdose while he is at school.

Greenland gold mine sells for a tiny fraction of last year's $30m asking price

Angus & Ross, the Aim-listed natural resources company, has bought a gold mine for just 5 per cent of its asking price last year.

MPs warned of more Baby P type tragedies

It will be impossible to prevent another Baby P tragedy, the chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee warned today.

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