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At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed

Renault to launch new Wind Roadster at Geneva

Renault has shown the first pictures of its Wind coupe/convertible which it will launch at the Geneva Motor Show. The new car will be one of the smallest open-topped cars on the road and appears to be closest in concept to the now-discontinued Vauxhall/Opel Tigra.

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Fiszman illness will not affect Arsenal work

The Arsenal director Danny Fiszman will not let his fight against serious illness affect his day-to-day work for the club and he has been told by doctors that he will make a full recovery.

Nissan's sleek new Juke is far from boxy

Nissan has given the first hint of what its new small crossover, the Juke will look like. While the first publicity shot artfully conceals the lower half of the Juke's bodywork, it's clear that the new car has an organic, flowing shape.

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The world's largest atom smasher has recorded its first high-energy collisions of protons, a spokeswoman said.

City Slicker: Geneva

Before you hit the ski slopes, take time to explore this gateway city to the Alps. Ian McCurrach offers a guide for new and returning visitors

Minaret poll casts a dark shadow over Switzerland

As referendum looms, supporters of ban accused of racism and Islamophobia

Robert Fisk’s World: The curious case of the missing Egyptian and the Swiss police

Now here's a weird story from Cairo. Or rather from Geneva. Or wherever ex-Colonel Mohamed el-Ghanem, formerly a senior officer in the Egyptian interior ministry, happens to be. Just over nine years ago, when we met behind the old Marriott Hotel on the Nile, he had been newly fired by his Egyptian spookmasters. And he was having a little problem. Every time he went to Cairo airport for an international flight, the cops put an exit stamp in his passport – then told him he wasn't allowed to leave. Some of the policemen were his own former students at the Cairo police academy.

Matthew sets course on fire after narrow escape

Scot who survived hotel blaze last week burns up links to take share of lead

The Lightness of Being, By Frank Wilczek

So, Mr Physicist, you say your theories are truly, deeply fundamental. Tell me: why is there something rather than nothing? Frank Wilczek has his answer. Funny you should ask. Just lately, we have been glimpsing a new way of tackling that question. It turns out that nothing is really a kind of something.

S&M murder was crime of passion, claims mistress

Former call girl says she shot her financier lover four times after he insulted her

Simon Calder: A Swiss ski challenge: my fast track to the slopes

By tradition, today – the vernal equinox - is the first day of spring. According to the airlines, though, the season will not last long: their summer schedules begin next weekend. But skiers will be revelling in a winter wonderland for weeks, thanks to the best Alpine snowfalls so far this millennium.

11 dead in Alabama shooting spree

Authorities grappled today for the reason a 27-year-old Alabama man shot dead 10 people, including his mother, before killing himself after a gun battle with police and a car chase down a rural highway.

On the edge: Look further afield for some stand-out ski resorts in the Four Valleys area

The ski industry is all about numbers. The numbers of runs, the kilometres of pistes, the hourly lift capacity, the number of beds available. Although these figures are rarely representative of the true worth of a ski area (La Grave, for example, with its one lift, is often considered to be one of the world’s best backcountry resorts), established resorts have long seen the value in joining forces with neighbouring ski hills to boost their stats.

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