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.

Romania request EU aid in flooding crisis

Romanian authorities said today that they are requesting aid from the European Union's Solidarity Fund following severe flooding which killed 20 people in one week and destroyed roads, crops and houses.

England-Germany diary

Millions prepare for England v Germany

Patriotic fervour gripped England and Germany today as millions of football fans prepared to watch their teams take on their age-old rivals in the second round of the World Cup.

Kyrgyzstan on alert ahead of vote on new constitution

Ballot intended to bring Central Asian country, torn by ethnic violence, closer to democracy

Pakistan's Facebook ban drives minister to Twitter

After Pakistan banned Facebook in a bid to stop it hosting "blasphemous" pictures of Prophet Mohammad, the country's interior minister found a new way to get his online fix. He jumped on Twitter.

Minister clears way for assassin of Shah's last prime minister to return to Iran

France's Interior Minister signed an expulsion order yesterday that paved the way for the likely release of a man convicted of assassinating Shahpour Bakhtiar, a former prime minister of Iran.

France loses its taste for giant cocktail parties

Brice M. was trying to impress his friends with his ability to slide down the parapet of the steps leading steeply from a railway bridge in the centre of Nantes. It is the kind of thing that seems like a good idea when you are 21; you are attending an open-air drinks party for 10,000 people; and you have drunk the equivalent of 12 glasses of whisky.

Ex-minister is found guilty of corruption

A senator and former interior minister was convicted of corruption while in office and given a one-year suspended jail sentence yesterday.

Former Interior minister on trial for corruption

A former French Interior minister and mentor of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy appeared in a special court in Paris yesterday on three separate corruption charges.

President flees as gangs go on the rampage in Kyrgyzstan

Police overrun as protest at regime leaves 'over a hundred' dead. Violence threatens vital US supply line to troops in Afghanistan

Kidnap boy's family deny paying ransom

Jubilation in Oldham as five-year-old snatched in Pakistan found safe and well

Kidnapped boy to be returned 'within 48 hours'

The Pakistani government has reassured the father of a five-year-old British boy that his son will be returned "within 48 hours" as the police were said to be closing in on the kidnappers.

Eta's terrorist chief captured in cottage as he plans his next plot

French police swoop on man wanted for bomb plot on King at Guggenheim

Feuding symbols of old and new France in court of King Jacques

Nicolas Sarkozy and Dominique de Villepin were once, supposedly, brothers in arms at the court of King Jacques.

Poland tightens border in hunt for Auschwitz sign

The Polish government says it has tightened security as the search intensifies for the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen from the Auschwitz memorial site

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