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.

Borrowing up by an extra £111bn

The Government is set to borrow £111 billion more over the next five years than previously expected, according to forecasts by the independent tax and spending watchdog, as the UK moves to the brink of a double-dip recession.

Public sector job losses to hit 600,000 by 2016

George Osborne was forced today to acknowledge a grim picture of declining growth and rising unemployment for the UK over the coming years.

Crete balcony death father 'not insane'

A father was not mentally ill when he killed his six-year-old son by pushing him off a hotel balcony in Crete five years ago, an inquest heard today.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's chances have been limited

David Moyes happy with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov after 'difficult time'

Everton manager David Moyes has praised the attitude of winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov during a "difficult time" for the Russia international.

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Johan Cruyff set to leave Ajax

Johan Cruyff is set to leave his role as a member of the supervisory board at Ajax after the Members’ Council advised the board to resign following a meeting.

Giovanni Trapattoni: 'If he wants a new contract with the Republic of Ireland, then my view would be give him one'

Giovanni Trapattoni agrees new Republic of Ireland deal

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is relishing the chance to "grow and develop" the team after agreeing a contract extension which will run until the 2014 World Cup.

Drogba is the favoured choice of AC Milan

Didier Drogba to 'go where the most money is' says agent

Didier Drogba's agent has revealed he has snubbed Chelsea's offer of a one-year contract extension and vowed to "go where he is offered the most money" after turning down a loan move to AC Milan.

Tosca, English National Opera (3/5)

People love tinkering with ‘Tosca’, and it was a neat idea to get Catherine Malfitano – one of the great Toscas of her time – to direct the show herself.

MI5 'unfairly' pursued spy accused Katia Zatuliveter

The Government must examine MI5's professionalism and competency after the security agency "needlessly and unfairly" pursued an innocent woman accused of being a spy, her lawyer said tonight.

John Megicks: 'Wingate and Finchley have a few fans so it is nice to play in front of people, even though it is not 40,000'

How the dream has faded for England's top eight-year-old

Big clubs vied to sign John Megicks when he was six. At eight, he was on TV. He's in the Ryman Premier now. Sam Wallace reports

Mike Tindall’s appeal should have been dismissed out of hand

RFU fiasco goes on as Tindall rejoins England squad

Mike Tindall, whose drunken antics during the early stages of the recent World Cup in New Zealand were a significant factor in the collapse of the England campaign, was last night reinstated to the elite squad by the Rugby Football Union's outgoing chief executive Martyn Thomas, whose decision will be widely seen as the latest blow struck in Twickenham's increasingly destructive committee-room conflict. The England centre also finds himself £10,000 better off, having had a £25,000 fine cut by two-fifths on appeal.

Despite support for a 'Plan B', the Chancellor will stick to his Plan A deficit reduction strategy in his Autumn Statement today

Britain sliding towards 'double-dip' recession

Britain stands on the threshold of a "double dip" recession, according to the influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Four million newspaper pages go online

Four million newspaper pages have been put online as part of a massive history project.

Low levels of the virus, which causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, were found in 52% of the positive samples, according to the data.

76% of UK oysters contain norovirus says research

More than three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, new research has found.

Happy ending: hundreds of orphanages that were full of abandoned children during Ceaucescu's time have now been closed down and thousands of children are now placed in family homes, or returned to their own families

Romania's orphanages: Locking the past away

Twenty years ago, Romania's orphanages caused outrage around the world. What's happened since is a remarkable success story

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Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

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Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

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Witches: A history of misogyny

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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

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