News Sir Nicolas Bratza, president of the European Court of Human Rights, has criticised David Cameron for his comments about the institution's 'interference'

Not to be confused with the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was set up in 1959 to enforce the European Convention on Human Rights and is independent of the European Union.

World scrambles to prepare for collapse of the eurozone

Swiss central bank admits planning for end of single currency as pressure on member states builds

Steve Richards: The man who should speak remains silent

Gordon Brown is the convenient scapegoat, the chosen villain of the entire media and political class

After his Commons no-show on Monday it was back to business as usual for Nick Clegg yesterday

PM tells Clegg to 'pick up the pieces' in Europe

Stormy Cabinet session sees Lib Dem ministers attack Cameron for negotiating tactics

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Euro 2012: Venue Guide

Euro 2012 will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Here, we guide you around the grounds being used for the tournament.

Unions hail public sector strike

Unions hailed a strike by up to two million public sector workers as "historic" tonight as they angrily rejected claims by the Prime Minister that the biggest walkout in a generation had been a "damp squib".

Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo charged by ICC

The International Criminal Court charged former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo with murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts today, crimes allegedly committed as his backers fought to keep him in power last year.

Osborne can say what he likes, but this crisis is way beyond his control

The slog ahead has become longer. We live in a world where the mathematics of public finances dominate everything and the scope for politicians to do anything other than cut their deficits is just about zero.

Norway closes embassy in Tehran

Norway has closed its embassy in Tehran due to security concerns after Britain's embassy was stormed by Iranian protesters, a Norwegian government official said today.

Deals of the week: Scandinavia, Andorra, Las Vegas

Less than £200... Northern lights

If you're planning to visit Scandinavia any time between 3 January and 31 March, visit the SAS Airlines website before Monday to take advantage of the company's seat sale from Heathrow. Copenhagen is available for £118 return, with Stockholm, Oslo and Stavanger on sale for £124. Highlights of the region include Stavanger's domkirke, the oldest cathedral in Norway; the canals and colourful buildings of Copenhagen; or a hiker's paradise in the seven glorious hills of Bergen. Flysas.com

Take the plunge: Therme Erding is the largest thermal spa in Europe

German spas: the naked truth

In Bavaria, anyone who fancies taking the waters should forget their swimming costume and dive right in

Lafferty sent for scan on injured back

McCoist has new injury worry as Rangers look to bounce back from defeat against Kilmarnock

Leading article: No time for a winter of discontent

Today will see Britain's biggest strike for a generation, perhaps the largest since the General Strike of 1926. Two million public-sector workers look set to stop work for 24 hours in protest at government plans to reform their pensions. It is an understandable cry of rage from ordinary people bearing the brunt of a prolonged financial crisis which was none of their making. It is why so many, like the headteachers, who have never before voted to strike, will not be turning up for work.

Bank levy: Complaints in the city as annual charge is raised

George Osborne's decision to increase his annual banking levy was met with a mixture of frustration and resignation in the City.

Retail: Crackdown on VAT dodge for CDs and DVDS from Channel islands

The Government is to close a loophole that cost it an estimated £100m in lost taxes and allowed retailers to ship CDs and DVDs to the UK without paying VAT.

Simon Calder: Chance to rectify mistakes and ease the squeeze

Some of the world's greatest transport infrastructure began life as job-creation schemes: Highway 1 along the coast of California, Australia's Great Ocean Road and, arguably, the Baikal-Amur Mainline, the railway that opened up eastern Siberia. Compared with these mighty projects, George Osborne's plan to build the odd bypass and resurrect some stretches of railway may seem the feeblest of visions.

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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