News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

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.

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When Jonathan Nott was first offered the post of principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, he little dreamed that 11 years later he would celebrate an extraordinary landmark in his career. Last week, Nott and the BSO marked their 500th concert with a gala evening of Schubert and Mahler – and the event was webcast live, the first time this distinguished conductor-orchestra team has ventured into internet streaming.

Geraldine Finucane: 'I felt so angry and insulted. It was cruel'

The widow of one of the most tragic victims of the Troubles tells David McKittrick of her fury with David Cameron

UN votes to end Libya operations

The UN Security Council voted unanimously today to lift the no-fly zone over Libya on October 31 and end its authorisation of military action to protect civilians.

Floods prompt Thailand travel alert

British travellers have been advised to avoid all but essential travel to Bangkok as tens of thousands of Thais have been ordered to evacuate the flood-threatened city.

Letters: Doubts over Europe after the Tory revolt

The European Court of Justice's recent pronouncement on stem cell research made me wonder anew at the wisdom of ever joining the EU. The morality of the research may be debatable, but it could provide relief to victims of debilitating diseases, as well as employment and an enriched skills base.

The Sketch: The problem with these nutters is that they're not that nuts

"I t could be the Corn Laws for the Tory party," one of the more sceptical sceptics said yesterday. He was referring to the great principle of free trade vs protectionism that tore the party apart – and for all the best reasons – in the 19th century.

Leading article: One step on the long road out of the euro crisis

Neither GDP growth nor even a 'big bazooka' bailout fund are enough on their own

Banks halt Belarus deals over repression

Human rights campaigners celebrate Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas pull-outs

On verge of victory, Tunisia's Islamists commit to 'Western-style democracy'

Tunisia's moderate Islamist party, set to win the first democratic election born of the Arab Spring, reached out yesterday to centre-leftists, vowing to uphold liberal values and form a coalition government with secular parties.

Time runs out for Germany's master forgers

Their fakes made millions, and duped the world's top auction houses for years. Now art's oddest couple face jail.

New bailout fund 'to increase to 1 trillion euros'

The eurozone bailout fund will see its firepower increased to more than 1 trillion euros (£869 billion) to enable it to contain the Eurozone debt turmoil, German government sources said today.

Served the GDR's communist leadership loyally: Gerlach in 1998

Manfred Gerlach: Last head of state of East Germany

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