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

Tory MP hits out at Cameron over 'patronage'

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Baltacha misses chance to end on winning note

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The UK is moving closer to the illusory freedoms of isolation

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Suu Kyi could seek Burmese parliament seat

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Bobsleigh: Shone regains feeling in legs

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Record borrowing costs put Italy at centre of crisis

Relief at European debt deal fades as Rome struggles at first test since Brussels summit

Steve Richards: Britain is charging towards indiscriminate Euroscepticism at an alarming speed

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Felipe Massa goes fastest in India Grand Prix practice

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Bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone expected to make full recovery after crash

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Murray goes for four on the trot in Basle

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.

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