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.

David Mills may face Silvio Berlusconi case quiz

English lawyer David Mills today said he would travel to Italy to give evidence in a corruption case against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi - but only if he knows what evidence is expected of him.

Thomas Cook's Going Places shops will be rebranded Co-operative Travel

Thomas Cook plans publicity drive

Ailing Thomas Cook will this week launch a publicity drive in a bid to reassure customers that their holidays are "in safe hands".

Carlos Tevez and his club are reportedly seeking a speedy resolution to the current situation

AC Milan say any new arrivals will be on loan

AC Milan could bring a leading player to the club during the winter transfer window - but only on loan.

Retailers facing gloomy Christmas

The outlook for retailers in the run up to Christmas is looking increasingly gloomy as a key survey today revealed the sector cut jobs at the fastest rate in two years amid falling sales.

The KC Stadium will host a group match

2013 Rugby League World Cup plans announced

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be staged in four countries, the Rugby Football League announced today.

Juan Mata insists the players are behind Villas-Boas

Juan Mata insists squad are behind Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas

Juan Mata insists Andre Villas-Boas has the total backing of the Chelsea squad.

UK 'on brink of modest recession'

Britain is on the brink of a modest recession that will be followed by months of stunted growth, a bleak forecast from the OECD said today.

George Oborne: The Chancellor plans to speed up big building projects, with 'unspent funds'

More cuts on way as Osborne plans £30bn boost to stave off recession

A major building programme to help breathe life into Britain's struggling economy will be announced by George Osborne tomorrow – but the cost of constructing the new schools, roads and power stations will be partly met by further spending cuts.

The new Egyptian gallery at the Ashmolean Museum

Ancient treasures of the Ashmolean

Right at the entrance to the Ashmolean's newly refurbished and expanded Egyptian galleries you know you are in a different place. There stand two giant statues of the fertility god Min, one holding his huge erect penis before him. They're incredibly early, dating from around 3300BC.

New search under way for men missing at sea

The search for five missing seamen in a rescue operation involving The Duke of Cambridge will resume today, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Matt Kuchar (right) and team-mate Gary Woodland celebrate

McIlroy and McDowell slump to let Americans lift World Cup

The United States won the Golf World Cup in China yesterday after a final round of 67 was enough for Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland to capture the title by two strokes from Germany and England.

Chinese bid to build nature retreat rejected

A Beijing businessman has blamed anti-Chinese prejudice and double standards for Iceland's decision to turn down his proposal to build a vast nature retreat in the north Atlantic island nation.

Strauss-Kahn, right, and Sarkozy meet at a G20 meeting in February

We didn't smear DSK, insists Sarkozy's party

Suggestions the French ruling party may have been involved in a plot to disgrace former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dismissed as " fantasy" yesterday by one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest allies.

Actress Brigitte Bardot wraps up warm to take a stroll on the slopes with the director Roger Vadim in 1961

Going on the piste

If you're hitting the slopes this season – or simply preparing for another Arctic blast to hit Britain –winter warmers abound

Snow joke: mild weather brings chaos to start of ski season

Thrill-seekers are told to aim high for any hope of catching some decent action on the slopes

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