News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone arriving at court

Ecclestone: why I paid a banker £27m hush money

The Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone, admitted yesterday to paying a Munich banker £27.5m to stop him from making allegations about a family trust to the Inland Revenue which he claimed could have made him liable for billions in back tax.

Nord Stream opens gas tap

After 13 years of planning and two years of construction, the gas started flowing yesterday along the Nord Stream pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to an estimated 26 million EU homes.

The plot thickens: Elizabeth von Arnim's work is enjoying a renaissance

Elizabeth von Arnim: The forgotten feminist who’s flowering again

Downton Abbey has given Elizabeth von Arnim’s novels a boost.

Stephen King: Now opened, the door to exit eurozone can no longer be shut

Economic Outlook: In truth, the existing eurozone rules are broken by the many, not the few

Less healthcare, but Greece is still buying guns

Greeks furious at 'intact' arms spending as eurozone leaders insist on cuts to their public services

Tim Gudgin, voice of BBC football results, is to retire

He is one of the most famous figures in football – and probably the least recognised.

Greeks fear ploy to protect arms budget from cuts

Fears are emerging in Greece that eurozone leaders are pushing for defence budgets to be maintained at the same time as they are demanding cuts to public services.

Revealed: publisher owned by the Catholic Church sells pornography

Germany's bishops promise to stop the company's distribution of erotic novels

Rivalry on the air: Edward R Murrow (left) and William L Shirer

The Long Night, By Steve Wick

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

Boots stores report wider North-South trade divide

Alliance Boots, the retail and wholesale pharmaceuticals giant, revealed a sharp divide between trading at its stores in the South of England, including London, and the rest of the country.

Shares rise following axed referendum news

European stock markets advanced strongly today following news that a Greek referendum on a European bailout plan will be abandoned.

The stars of the show: Barack Obama

The Cannes debt festival

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

Fox already eyeing return to front line

Liam Fox, the former Defence Secretary, has announced his intention to return to ministerial office despite continued inquiries into his links with self-styled adviser Adam Werritty.

Greek referendum puts bailout in peril

Greece will hold a referendum on the debt deal agreed last week by European leaders – a move that puts in jeopardy the wide-ranging package that took months to hammer out.

Just the job: Clegg offers a £950m shot in the arm

More than 100 companies, including Bentley, Pirelli and JC Bamford, are to share £950m in government support designed to bolster industry in hard-pressed parts of the country.

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Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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