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Besides helping to define the role of the modern foreign correspondent – he witnessed mayhem in 1920s Afghanistan, befriended Gandhi and charted Germany's descent into madness – the American reporter William L Shirer gave hope to every journalist dreaming of writing that ever-elusive Big Book. It was only after being dropped by CBS in 1947, and struggling to make ends meet during the McCarthy era (his staunchly liberal views had attracted the attention of the witch-hunters) that he embarked on his 1,200-page epic, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Losing his job was, in hindsight, a blessing
European stock markets advanced strongly today following news that a Greek referendum on a European bailout plan will be abandoned.
It's the biggest event in the French resort's history – and an absolutely critical one for the world leaders who are taking part in it. Ben Chu previews a G20 summit that could make or break the world economy
Elena Baltacha is expected to return to the world's top 50 despite losing her last match of the season yesterday. The 28-year-old Briton, ranked No 58, was beaten 7-6, 6-4 by 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final of the tournament in Poitiers, France.
Felipe Massa was fastest for Ferrari today as Formula One's oldest team set the pace at the sport's newest circuit in practice for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
British bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone is expected to make a "full recovery" after suffering a spinal fracture in a crash yesterday.
The widow of one of the most tragic victims of the Troubles tells David McKittrick of her fury with David Cameron
Andy Murray will try to win his fourth title triumph in a row next week – at Roger Federer's hometown tournament in Basle. The Scot, whose winning run has justresulted in him replacing the Swiss at No 3 in the world rankings, has taken a wild card into the event whose highly competitive field includes Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych.
Human rights campaigners celebrate Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas pull-outs
Manfred Gerlach served from 6 December 1989 until March 1990 as the head of state of East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). He had replaced the last Communist to hold the post, Egon Krenz, who had only held it from 24 October.
David Cameron was warned last night he faces years of backbench rebellion over Europe as dozens of Conservative MPs voted against the Coalition Government over its refusal to allow a referendum on withdrawal from the European Union.
National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family
British government under pressure to act as economic costs of Indian Ocean attacks mount
Opera house hopes to reclaim its top-venue status following eight-year facelift
Angela Merkel signalled her intention yesterday to put German domestic opinion ahead of diplomatic niceties as European leaders began five days of intense wrangling over an attempt to resolve the eurozone debt crisis. At Germany's insistence, tomorrow's gathering in Brussels will be a mere warm-up for a more important summit next Wednesday.
The cloud has hung over British politics for years. How our parties are funded has added to the bad smell that has turned off many voters. They suspect that donors expect – and get – something in return for their money. The MPs' expenses scandal added to the stench. Money and politics are a dangerous cocktail, as Liam Fox discovered. The funding of his self-styled adviser Adam Werritty by businessmen contributed to his downfall as Defence Secretary. Although the official inquiry found that Mr Werritty was not a lobbyist, the affair shone a light on the murky world of lobbying.