Sport West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka makes an alleged anti-Semitic gesture when celebrating his first goal against West Ham

What is the ‘quenelle’?

The ‘quenelle' is a part-anti-Semitic, part-obscene hand gesture that has spread across France, and has sparked controversy in England since Nicolas Anelka chose the Premier League as a perfect location to demonstrate it.

Eight dead in Afghan suicide attack

A suicide bomber killed eight people and injured four others in an attack on the governor's office in a north-eastern province of Afghanistan today.

'Impetuous, disloyal, and un-French': Chirac attempts coup de grace on Sarkozy

Former President says he seriously considered firing Mr Sarkozy for insubordination but decided to avoid a confrontation

Keep your Arab Spring migrants, May tells France

Theresa May promised "strong practical action" yesterday to prevent migrants fleeing the turmoil in North Africa from reaching Britain.

Atalanta captain cries foul after calls to fight match-fixing

Italy's interior minister Roberto Maroni has demanded the creation of a special task force to combat corruption in Italian football, amid a new series of damaging allegations.

Woman decapitated as Guatemalan gangs hit back after extortion crackdown

The brutal killing of a young woman in Guatemala City has been linked to criminal gangs seeking to warn the government against curbing illegal transport rackets, according to the authorities in the central American country.

Hooligans riot following Polish cup final

Hooligans clashed with police and damaged the stadium after Legia Warsaw won the Polish Cup final 5-4 on penalties against Lech Poznan in Bydgoszcz last night.

France wakes up to a burka ban as Sarkozy unveils a new era

After 61 protester arrests, John Lichfield meets Parisian women affected by the new law

Local elections reverse for Sarkozy

Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy's party took a drubbing in local elections, seen as a test ahead of next year's presidential vote, and the far-right National Front left its first footprint in France's smallest administrative districts.

Minister insists Islam 'does not belong in Germany'

Chancellor Angela Merkel's newly appointed Interior Minister has reignited an already-heated immigration debate by insisting that Islam "does not belong" in Germany – a country with a resident population of four million Muslims.

Two US airmen shot dead at German airport

A Kosovan gunman shot dead two US Air Force personnel and seriously wounded two others when he opened fire in a bus at Frankfurt airport yesterday – one of the most serious attacks on the American military in Germany in decades.

Two killed in shooting at Frankfurt airport

A gunman shot at US Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport today, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said.

Four arrested in raids on Eta

Police have arrested four suspected members of the Basque separatist group Eta they believe may have been behind several attacks in recent years.

Five dead in bank burned by Morocco protesters, says government

Morocco's interior minister says five charred bodies were found in a bank set aflame by troublemakers on the sidelines of one of many nationwide protests pushing for more democracy in the kingdom.

Egypt: Minister who led crackdown on protests is among four arrested

Three former ministers were arrested yesterday by Egyptian security forces, including ex-security chief Habib el-Adly, who was widely blamed for the brutality displayed by police trying to quell protests. As the Interior Minister, Mr El-Adly had control of the 500,000-strong security forces, and was the most high-profile of the three to be arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into corruption.

Tunisian Interior Minister removed as leadership tries to calm protests

Police and protesters clashed in the centre of Tunis yesterday, prompting the government to impose a night-time curfew in the region.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album