Sport Nadine Angerer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

The Germany captain may have drawn less attention, but was deserving of her moment in the spotlight

Frankfurt Book Fair: Women authors make the big deals

pounds 200,000 in part for gruesome tale of Millennium Dome killer who sews finches into victims

Books: Cover Stories At the Frankfurt Book Fair

LORD WEIDENFELD, in his opening speech at the 50th Frankfurt Book Fair, likened the first event to a scene from Brueghel. Today, Hogarth comes to mind: if the world is edging towards recession, there's no sign yet that publishers are feeling the chill. Bars and restaurants in the dozen halls were heaving, despite their cost. Hotels are packed; taxis impossible. Only the prostitutes find business slow: publishers prefer to sleep with each other.

Liffe and London Clearing House appoint Lazards as adviser

THE LONDON International Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) and the London Clearing House (LCH) have moved closer to a merger by appointing Lazard Brothers as their adviser. Last month the two exchanges said they were in talks to boost co-operation, but denied that they had any immediate plans to merge. Last month Liffe said it would bring forward the introduction of its new CONNECT electronic trading system to compete with the Frankfurt- based Eurex exchange's faster and cheaper system.

Germans invade Poland for food work

ON THE bridge across the Oder, the human tide never ebbs. Commuters are swept in from the east by the morning rush, shoppers come and go during the day, and the workers return to their homes in the evening. Cars wait patiently with their engines turned off, as the guards and customs officers fuss over their contents.

Liffe sees its future in electronic trading

Liffe, London's futures and options exchange, yesterday voted 97.5 per cent in favour of a new system of electronic trading in a bid to hit back at its arch-rival in Germany, writes Andrew Verity.

Liffe cuts fees as battle with Frankfurt escalates

THE LONDON International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) has sparked off another round in "the battle of the exchanges" by cutting its prices in a move designed to claw back market share from arch-rival DTB, the electronic exchange based in Frankfurt.

US banks get euro jitters

Old Lady assures Americans that City will still have central role

The new adventure of Superwoman hits the City

Nicola Horlick, arguably the most famous woman in the City, was back in business yesterday with a new venture. Lea Paterson takes a look at the latest chapter in the life of the purported expert at Having It All.

Sporting digest: American football

Sporting digest: American football

Tennis: Hingis misses out on Frankfurt date with Graf

Martina Hingis has conquered all comers in a spectacular rise to the top rank in women's tennis, but the 17-year-old Swiss will have to wait a little longer before getting her chance to take on her illustrious predecessor, Steffi Graf.

Not Frankfurt, but well worth a spin

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Outlook: Why Liffe should see off this challenge

London's pre-eminent position in futures and options trading has long been the object of jealous regard by both Frankfurt and Paris. This is more than just a commercial thing. It is also about ancient rivalries, and, most important of all, alarm that the City could continue to be the dominant financial centre in a Europe united by a common currency Britain may never be a part of.

By appointment

The fashionable diary war clashes on. John Windsor thumbs the latest designs

Thunder from lightening

Vauxhall has announced details of its new Astra, before its unveiling at next month's Frankfurt Show. Longer, roomier, safer and more fuel-frugal than the model it replaces, it will also be shown at the London Motor Show in October, before sales start next spring.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

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