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.

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.

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
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

Search called off with five missing after ship sinks

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

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.

Nefertiti

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).

Album: Various artists, World Routes on the Road (Nascente/BBC)

This is the absolute top pick of 10 years of world-wide trawling by Radio 3's tireless World Routes team, and it makes a lovely sampler.

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.

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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on