The Ionian island of Oxia, one of six bought by the former Emir of Qatar for use by his family

A Greek archipelago for €8.5m, a Maltese passport for €1m and Polish castles going for a song... welcome to the great European fire sale

For some, austerity Europe is a land of opportunity – castles, islands, citizenship are all up for grabs. But not all the locals are happy

Pope Francis in the Vatican on December 14, 2013, two days after his meeting with the Bishop of Malta.

Pope Francis 'shocked' by gay adoption says Bishop of Malta

The Pope apparently gave his blessing to the Bishop of Malta's anti-gay adoption Christmas sermon

Unemployed told to leave Ireland in desperate move to slash welfare costs

Ireland is asking its citizens to leave the country if they can't find a job in a desperate bid to slash welfare costs.

Supporters of Mr Isa Muaza, who is being held in the medical unit at the Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow, described his treatment as 'inhuman'

Hunger-striking asylum seeker Isa Muaza back in UK after botched removal in private jet

Lawyers for a gravely-ill Nigerian hunger striker are to make a fresh attempt to halt his deportation after he endured a botched removal from Britain involving a 20-hour flight on a private jet hired at a cost of up to £110,000.

David Pipe's Standing Ovation looks set for a fifth win

Standing Ovation offers a fitting curtain-raiser for Cheltenham's Open Meeting

The first day of Cheltenham's Open Meeting features a race commemorating the owner who made the fixture's centrepiece his own for so long and the chaser who this autumn has come to represent his equine legacy.

Tory MP Brian Binley

MP on taxpayer-funded Maltese trip jokes to party host: ‘See, we are totally corrupt’

Tory member Brian Binley warns partygoers to beware of politicians – saying ‘they’ll scrounge you all the time’

The dead and survivors from Friday’s disaster were plucked from the sea and arrived in Malta yesterday

Another week, another boat disaster: Does no one know how to stem human tide that is turning the Mediterranean into 'a migrants' cemetery'?

Whether or not they knew of the earlier disaster, more desperate migrants risked their lives to reach Europe on Friday, and at least 34 died

Stephen Lee

Snooker: Stephen Lee launches appeal over 12-year ban

Lee was found guilty of match-fixing charges

Naked drunk passenger Tasered by police after challenging flight captain to a fight

Tattooed 52-year-old was caught on video stripping, shouting and remonstrating after stepping off the easyJet flight

Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport has been under plenty of media scrutiny this year

The €20bn mystery: Could Iran be the owner of huge cash stash at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport?

Fraudsters including Armenians, Turks, Kurds, Japanese, members of al-Qa’ida and the Knights of Malta have tried to claim the money, but no one is sure who it belongs to

Baker, or ‘Butch’, as he was known

Obituary: Squadron Leader Harry Baker

Fighter ace who served in the Battles of France and Britain

Stephen Lee found guilty of match-fixing: Ronnie O'Sullivan claims 'many more snooker players throw matches'

The world champion believes Lee may be just the tip of the iceberg

A bendy London bus that has ended up in Malta

Tourists visiting Malta driven round the bend by the unpopular buses that Boris Johnson rejected

Visitors vow to avoid island until saga over unpopular Arriva buses is resolved

Czech Republic coach resigns following defeat to Italy

Michal Bilek quits with qualification for World Cup unlikely

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