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.

Gaitan still on the radar as Ferguson looks to fill midfield hole

Sir Alex Ferguson said yesterday he would not employ a "scattergun" approach to buying new midfield players, despite his problems being compounded by an injury which will keep Anderson out until next February.

Gervinho has failed to match last season’s goalscoring form for Lille when he netted 18 times

There's no panic over Gervinho's lack of goals, says Wenger

Arsène Wenger admits Gervinho's lack of form in front of goal is such that he is "in the opposite position" to his in-form Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie. The Arsenal manager also fears the Ivorian's progression could be stymied by his participation in the African Cup of Nations early next year.

Leading article: Time for the Chancellor to do his job properly

The German government's failed debt auction this week was certainly well timed for George Osborne.

Edinson Cavani is valued at £40m by his club Napoli

Mancini: We do not need to buy Cavani

Roberto Mancini yesterday insisted that he would not buy another striker in January, despite Manchester City's Spanish scout having met Napoli's Edinson Cavani this week and Milan contacting the manager directly to discuss Carlos Tevez.

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The end of the year finds this northern French city at its most welcoming, with a Christmas market adding some seasonal cheer

A Turkish couple hike along the Theodosian Walls in Istanbul

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A walk along the ancient walls reveals the city's convoluted history, says Tristan Rutherford

Donald will see out season despite the upheaval in personal life

Luke Donald yesterday allayed suspicions he would put his clubs away for the rest of the year when committing himself to play at Sun City next week. The world No 1 has not played for five weeks and in this time has experienced the death of his father and birth of his second daughter.

Debt and global slowdown may muzzle Celtic Tiger's recovery

Ireland is rebounding a year on from its bailout but there are doubts over how long that can last

Something to declare: Eurostar; crime in Brussels; through Austria by rail

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Hundreds of thousands of Muscovites have spent hours in line this week, often queuing through the night, to get close to a religious relic they believe is part of a belt worn by the Virgin Mary.

Rogue border agency official jailed

Scores of immigrants who were fraudulently issued with visas by a rogue UK Border Agency official remain at large almost four years later, a court has heard.

The pressure is mounting at Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas insists he has backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Andre Villas-Boas today insisted he retained the complete backing of Roman Abramovich and Chelsea's players, despite his nightmare start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Steve Brooker: The mudlark unearthing the Thames' history

"Woo-hoo, found one,” says Steve Brooker as he flicks a 1950s French coin, cut neatly in half, across the Thames foreshore. To the uninitiated, it is just one of the multitude of oddities washed up daily by the river. But to the “Mud God”, it is evidence of how dockers once scammed free holidays in France – and one more piece of unlikely history teased from the dark, smelly clutches of London’s waterway.

Italy made to pay record borrowing rates

Italy had to pay sharply higher borrowing rates to entice investors to part with their cash during auctions today.

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