News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

Baltacha misses chance to end on winning note

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.

Tory MP hits out at Cameron over 'patronage'

Prime Minister David Cameron is today accused of exercising "patronage" by swelling his ministerial ranks to limit rebellions by MPs.

Travelex to clear £480m debt burden

Travelex will go into 2012 free of the high-interest debt that has badly hit the private-equity-owned bureau-de-change group since the credit crunch began.

The UK is moving closer to the illusory freedoms of isolation

Britain is farther away from the European Union than at any point since it joined. Freeze-frame the many stormy dramas in the past and there was always a sense the UK would struggle through as a central player in the EU, with all three main parties committed to membership and their leaders taking more expedient stances than some of their oratory might have suggested.

Record interest rates put Italy back in line of fire

By Nikhil Kumar

Wenger offers words of comfort to under-fire Terry

With all that John Terry is alleged to have said, a harsh response from Arsène Wenger could have been expected yesterday. Wenger, one of the game's purists and moralists, takes his Arsenal team to Chelsea this afternoon and his pre-match press conference gave him a perfect platform to denounce the accused, to rail against racism, to ensure uncomfortable headlines for Chelsea's captain.

Suu Kyi could seek Burmese parliament seat

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi might stand for parliament in an upcoming by-election after her party re-registers itself to enter politics, a party spokesman said.

Bobsleigh: Shone regains feeling in legs

British bobsleigher Serita Shone is improving in hospital after undergoing spinal surgery following a major crash in training.

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

Britain is farther away from the European Union than at any point since it joined.

Record borrowing costs put Italy at centre of crisis

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

Felipe Massa goes fastest in India Grand Prix practice

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.

Bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone expected to make full recovery after crash

British bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone is expected to make a "full recovery" after suffering a spinal fracture in a crash yesterday.

Two-speed Europe leaves the UK stuck in the slow lane

Amid all the uncertainty about the details of yesterday's eurozone deal one thing is clear: Europe is becoming not just two-speed, but two-tier as well.

Bobsleigh: Training crash duo in hospital

Two members of a British women's bobsled team are in hospital in Germany after crashing on a training run at a World Cup track for the British Championships.

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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The nation's favourite animal revealed

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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn