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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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David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
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Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment