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.

Search called off with five missing after ship sinks

Only two survivors as rescue operation including Prince's helicopter is abandoned

Sena Jurinac: Soprano much loved for her warm heart and total conviction

When the Vienna State Opera gave a three-week season at Covent Garden in the autumn of 1947, Sena Jurinac, one of the junior members of the company, sang only two performances of one role – Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Round-Up: Booth has designs on top job

Toby Booth, the London Irish head coach, expressed his ambition to be considered for the England team manager position after his team's 21-17 victory over Wasps on Saturday.

Juan Mata (right) is establishing himself as a player whose importance at Chelsea rivals John Terry’s and Frank Lampard’s

Blues are united behind Villas-Boas, insists Mata

Chelsea 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Stephen King: To heal the Sicks – and to punish them – they must be broken up

Economic Outlook: Perhaps it is time to bring back the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and the Papal States

Sales fall again at John Lewis as warm weather takes its toll

John Lewis sent a chill down the high street yesterday, posting another decline in sales for last week, as the unseasonably warm weather continues to hit crucial pre-Christmas trading.

Berlusconi is due in court today – with British lawyer David Mills giving evidence

Can the law catch up with Silvio?

Berlusconi is due in court today – with British lawyer David Mills giving evidence. It's one of many trials to come.


A new life for Egypt's ancient treasures

The Ashmolean's Egyptian galleries offer a potent evocation of a uniquely vital and vibrant 3,000-year history

George Osborne: Could the Chancellor learn from economists, business leaders and politicians alike?

Government to boost business loans

The Government is ready to underwrite up to £40 billion in lending to cash-strapped businesses in an attempt to kick-start Britain's flagging, Chancellor George Osborne said today.

Britain's Ian Williams notches up a good week

It’s been a good week for Britain’s Ian Williams and his team, GAC Pindar. He had only to win his quarter final, against the Italian Francesco Bruni, in the World Match Racing Tour Monsoon Cup finale to score enough points to win the 2011 World Match Racing Tour and, as new world champion, take the US$100,000 prize money.

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

Thomas Cook: Travel 'in safe hands'

Ailing holiday giant Thomas Cook is hoping to see trade pick up this week after its short-term future was secured by a £200 million lifeline from lenders.

High winds batter Britain

High speed winds of up to 114mph battered parts of the UK today, forecasters said.

Pensioners plan Post Office picket over Pibs

Pensioners who invested their savings in bonds issued by the old Bristol & West Building Society are preparing to picket the Post Office over its joint venture with Bank of Ireland (BoI).

Gambling on tax may backfire

Proposals to change the taxation of online betting companies which are based offshore could lead to 40 per cent of gamblers using unauthorised traders.

Consumers aim for Christmas cheer on the cheap

Britons are on an economy drive this Christmas, according to a survey from price-comparison service Six in 10 people quizzed said they will be cutting back, spending less on presents, food, cards and alcohol in an attempt to save money.

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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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