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Set in the wooded foothills the Bavarian Alps, the idyllic country town of Dietramszell is usually best known as a tourist attraction.

Pope Francis at his inauguration mass

Pope Francis defended against allegations of collusion with Argentine junta by alleged victim

Jesuit priest emphatically denies being denounced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio

The Infatuations, By Javier Marías, trans. Margaret Jull Costa

After his epic trilogy, Spain's spellbinder returns with a Madrid tale of love, death and misunderstanding.

So, would you vote for Hitler or Frankenstein? The strange names on an Indian election ballot

The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names

Bears fall from the sky as part of the PR stunt

Belarusian border guard sentenced for prison 'teddy bear drop'

On the face of it an air drop of hundreds of teddy bears does not seem like the most serious breach of national security, but that has not stopped a Belarusian border guard being sentenced to two years in prison in a maximum security prison for failing to report the 'invasion'.

Oviedo: he was known as ‘the Bonsai horseman’

Lino Oviedo: Politician who helped lead the 1989 coup in Paraguay

Lino Oviedo, who died in a helicopter crash on 2 February at the age of 69, was a Paraguayan presidential candidate who helped the lead the 1989 coup that overthrew the former dictator Alfredo Stroessner. A retired general known as a dynamic public speaker – and the country's most controversial politician – Oviedo was running in the April presidential election in the impoverished and politically unstable South American country.

Tunisian politician Chokri Belaid shot dead

A Tunisian opposition party leader who criticised the Islamist-led government and violence by radical Muslims was shot dead outside his home today, officials said.

Yes man: General Augusto Pinochet

Gael Garcia Bernal and how ad-men toppled General Pinochet

The fall of Chile's military leader has been turned into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Park Geun-hye greets supporters at an election rally

Dictator's daughter asks South Korea's older generation to make her president

Polls too close to call as Park Geun-hye bids to become country's first female leader

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One in four out of work in Spain

Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-56 By Anne Applebaum

A superb study in the savagery of Soviet invasion and occupation of the Eastern bloc

60 die in Congo gold mine landslide

A landslide at a gold mine in a remote corner of northeast Congo has left at least 60 people dead, a local administrator said today.

Tony Blair warns of problems in post-Assad Syria

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West must do all it can to persuade Syria President Bashar Assad to step down because it will probably be difficult to form a new government in the deeply divided country.

Yevgeny Nikitin was to play the star role in The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, but resigned after being confronted by the festival's management for his Nazi tatoos

'Nazi-tattooed' opera singer forced out of Wagner festival

A Russian opera singer has had to pull out of a debut appearance at this year's Bayreuth Festival just days before it is due to begin in a row over Nazi tattoos.

Yevgeny Nikitin was to play the star role in The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, but he resigned after being confronted by the festival's management for his Nazi tatoos

Exit stage far-right for the opera singer with swastika

A Russian opera singer has been forced to pull out of a debut appearance at this year's Bayreuth Festival just days before it is due to begin in a row over Nazi tattoos.

Sales at his 90th birthday celebrations in November 2010

Briefly: Archbishop Eugenio de Araujo Sales

Eugenio de Araujo Sales, who died of a heart attack in his sleep on 9 July at the age of 91, was Rio de Janeiro's former archbishop who provided shelter to thousands of people opposed to the military regimes that once ruled Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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