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EasyJet adds new routes for winter

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In his memoir If This is a Man, the Italian writer Primo Levi recalls that the most terrifying time for him at Auschwitz was not the years of incarceration by the Nazis, when beatings, hunger, back-breaking work and the threat of murder were omnipresent. He came closest to despair during the vacuum between the flight of the guards and the arrival of the Red Army. This period, in which the prisoners were effectively left to their own devices, was characterised by a complete breakdown of all authority, however unjust, as well as the system of supply. I was reminded of these passages when reading Keith Lowe's Savage Continent: an excellent account of the two years or so between the end of hostilities in Europe with the defeat of Hitler, and the establishment of the Cold War order.

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Estonia: Footprints by the shores of the Baltic's Magic Kingdom

Whether you're walking on water, sailing through ice or riding into the sunset, the fairy-tale charms of this former Soviet republic always shine through

Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, By Geoff Dyer

Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker, released in the USSR in 1979, radiates an enduring sense of mystery and disquiet. I have seen it five times, though viewing can feel like a penance. Tarkovsky does not set out to entertain: some of his shots last up to seven minutes. The plot? Three middle-aged men undertake a journey through an industrial wasteland in search of an elusive place called the Zone, where the normal laws of life are mysteriously suspended. With its watery images of disused chemical factories and silted urban waterways, the film cries out for exegesis. What does it mean? Geoff Dyer first saw Stalker in 1981 while a student at Oxford; 30 years on, Zona is his non-fiction appraisal of the film and what it means to him today.

Wave of panic cash withdrawals sweeps Latvia after false rumours of Swedbank bankruptcy hit social networks

Latvia was yesterday struggling to control a mass wave of panic cash withdrawals from the country’s biggest bank, Swedbank, following a rash of false social media network rumours which claimed that the Swedish-owned lending group was going bankrupt.

Robbie Keane (No 10), Stephen Ward and the Irish fans enjoy the Republic's goal in Dublin last night

Ireland start the party after 10 years of hurt

Republic of Ireland 1 Estonia 1 (Republic of Ireland win 5-1 on aggregate)

Robbie Keane leads the Irish celebrations

Irish reach Euro 2012 with draw against Estonia

Republic of Ireland 1 Estonia 1 (Republic win 5-1 on aggregate)

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Ireland must not underestimate Estonia warns Shay Given

Shay Given has warned his Republic of Ireland team-mates their play-off experience will count for nothing if they underestimate Estonia.

Mart Poom can thank Estonian nationalism for his emergence as a top-level goalkeeper

Estonians are slowly catching football fever

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Vanished Kingdoms: The history of half-forgotten Europe by Norman Davies

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A gunman has died after he opened fire in Estonia's Defence Ministry and tried to take hostages.

48 Hours In: Tallinn

As a European Capital of Culture, the Estonian city's programme of artistic events hit its peak during the summer.

Heather Watson defeat ends British women's hopes

Heather Watson's promising French Open run ended with a 6-1 6-3 defeat by 16th seed Kaia Kanepi at Roland Garros this evening.

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