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.

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End of an era as Mayhew steps down from Caz job

British banking marked the end of an era yesterday as JP Morgan Cazenove announced that David Mayhew, its chairman, was stepping down after more than four decades at the City's most illustrious broker.

Stability fund in focus as Italy remains under pressure

Italy once again found itself at the centre of the European debt storm yesterday, with Rome's cost of borrowing scaling fresh records as eurozone finance ministers gathered in Brussels to agree on steps to bolster the currency bloc's bailout fund.

ITE looks for further acquisitions

The exhibition and conference organiser ITE Group, which gets half of its revenue from its core market Moscow, is looking to expand its business through acquisitions in Turkey, Ukraine and India.

Katia Zatuliveter said she was 'very happy'; she was suspected of spying following an affair with Mike Hancock, right, on the Defence Select Committee

Russian woman who had affair with Lib Dem MP 'was not a spy'

Ekaterina Zatuliveter was in Gatwick Airport in August last year, on her way back from a birthday party in Croatia, when her path first crossed that of the UK's security services.

The case against Stephen Lawrence's alleged murderers hinges on blood found on their clothing

Lawrence officer 'spitefully changed evidence records'

Detective accused of sabotaging computer files after he was relieved of duties

A selection of entries to the competition, which is open online until 13 December

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If brevity is a cinematic virtue, Wim Wenders must be a born-again paragon. Rob Hastings looks at a film competition where the story must be told in 24 frames

Pavlyuchenko was accidentally headbutted

Freak Pavlyuchenko injury hits Spurs plan

Harry Redknapp had wanted to change his entire Tottenham Hotspur team for tonight's Europa League home match against PAOK Salonika, but Jermain Defoe may have to play after a training ground injury to Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The pressure is mounting on Villas-Boas

'We need to get our fans behind us – Stamford Bridge has grown anxious,' says AVB

Andre Villas-Boas believes that the mounting anxiety at Stamford Bridge is inhibiting his attempts to rectify his side's abject home form, with the Chelsea manager acutely aware of the need for his team's performances to improve sharply if their season is not to fall apart before Christmas.

Fast worker: Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone plans to cut Europe Grands Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Europe will be left with only five Grands Prix in the coming years.

Start queuing now: Marni fashions set for the high street

After Versace, H&M announces that its next link-up will be with the Milan-based label
The cross at the Valley of the Fallen is a monument to General Franco

Dig up Franco to let victims rest in peace, says Spanish commission

The tomb is one of the most divisive legacies of the Spanish Civil War and has become a pilgrimage site for right-wing fanatics. But yesterday an official government commission proposed the remains of General Francisco Franco be exhumed and reburied elsewhere.

Protesters storm the British embassy in Tehran yesterday

Robert Fisk: Sanctions are only a small part of the history that makes Iranians hate the UK

It's a weird irony that Iranians know the history of Anglo-Persian relations better than the Brits. When the newly installed Ministry of Islamic Guidance asked Harvey Morris, Reuters' man in post-revolutionary Iran, for a history of his news agency, he asked his London office to send him a biography of Baron von Reuter – and was appalled to discover the founder of the world's greatest news agency had built Persia's railways at an immense profit. "How can I show this to the ministry?" he shouted. "It turns out that the Baron was worse than the fucking Shah!" Of which, of course, the ministry was well aware.

Hamish McRae: Osborne can say what he likes, but this crisis is beyond his control

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

Sergio Aguero (right) who scored Manchester City's winner, takes on Emmanuel Frimpong

Frimpong's clash with Nasri just 'handbags'

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