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Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

Double silver for Britain in European championship

In Estonia Britain’s two top Laser sailors, reigning Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and Skandia GBR teammate Charlotte Dobson both secured silver at the European championship.

Album: Paul Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Baltic Runes (Harmonia Mundi)

The "runes" on this excellent album of choral works range from the rustic chants of Cyrillus Kreek to the religious pieces of Veljo Tormis and Sibelius's "Rakastava", where the lilting, rhythmic interplay of voices slips into soft languor once the union is consummated.

Hamish McRae: Estonia is a model of restraint

Economic Life: The Estonian state has virtually no debt at all. I can't think of another non-oil producing nation in this position

Gender pay gap across Europe condemned

The pay gap between men and women across Europe averages 18 per cent, a new survey showed today - but the UK average stands at more than 21 per cent.

Album: Dan Berglund's Tonbruket, Tonbruket (Act)

The ex-EST bassist describes the touchstones for his new Swedish quartet as Pink Floyd, Röyksopp and everyone's favourite bearded Estonian mystic, Arvo Pärt. He could throw in Status Quo too, as DB proves partial to chugging, bass-driven boogie.

'Iron Lady of the North' in late bid for EU's top job

Former Latvian leader enters the fray to change 'undemocratic' gender gap

Mobile phone firm behind meteorite hoax

A Swedish mobile phone operator acknowledged today it was behind an elaborate meteorite hoax in Latvia and pledged to reimburse the Baltic nation for all costs spent by police, rescue and military workers in the incident.

Lembit who? Opik dropped from the record

Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik will complain to the Commons authorities today after his name was missed off a key internet search tool.

Pandora: Time for something completely different

AS his latest surreal offering reaches the big screen, the maverick director Terry Gilliam has taken a timely swipe at industry rivals.

Three NATO troops killed in Afghanistan

Three NATO troops — two from Estonia and one from the United States — were killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan, the latest casualties in a particularly bloody summer, authorities said today.

Ingmar Bergman: Dangerous liaisons

Geoffrey Macnab describes how his new book on the film director led him to discover the intense and volatile relationships the director had with his actresses

English National Ballet, St Paul's Cathedral, London

In praise of a much-loved pair

Alarm in Baltic as Kremlin seizes control of Soviet past

Medvedev bans the 'falsification of history to the detriment of Russia'

Nato kicks out two Russian diplomats over spy scandal

Expulsions threaten newly thawed relations between Moscow and West
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