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A sex worker activist attends a demonstration with prostitutes against a proposal to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines, Paris

In pictures: France debates prostitution bill as protests spread outside the parliament

French lawmakers are debating one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking. Local movie stars have signed petitions, political parties are split, and sex workers complain the government is doing them out of a living. France is divided over a bid to crack down on prostitution.

Protesters march against plans to develop Rosia Montana

Blinding: the Left Wing, By Mircea Cartarescu: Book review - memory and satire meld magically in this Bucharest tale

The media hysterics who depict Romania solely as the home of demon migrant hordes will not care that a novelist from that country became a hot tip for the Nobel Prize in Literature this year.

Police fear the English problem with hooliganism could be on its way back

Case of Manchester United fan shows how far hooligans will go to skip bans

Arrest of supporter for flouting his banning order across Europe shows the game's scourge is far from eradicated

Greece's Kostas Mitroglou vies with Romania's Dorin Nicolai Goian

World Cup 2014: Greece reveal gesture that spared Romania possibility of forfeited defeat in play-off

An act of sportsmanship by Greece coach Fernando Santos and team director Takis Fyssas saved Romania from the possibility of a forfeited 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their World Cup play-off last week, they have claimed.

Joe Hart holds his head in his hands after Fernando Torres' late winner gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Manchester City

Joe Hart can benefit from being dropped, insists Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

The City stopper was back in action for the first time in three weeks when he played for England against Germany

Harper: 'We have extended our controls to the legal maximum'

Minister dismisses fears of new year tide of Romanians and Bulgarians migrants

The Government has refused repeated demands to publish or commission estimates of the numbers expected to enter Britain

World Cup 2014 play-off: Greece v Romania match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup qualifier at the Karaiskakis Stadium

Carnic mountain is one of four in the immediate area that are rich in gold and silver deposits and that Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, which is majority-owned by the Canadian company Gabriel Resources, was seeking to exploit

Romania rejects Canadian 'cyanide lake' plan to make Europe's biggest open gold mine

A Romanian parliamentary commission has rejected a bill that would have permitted Europe's biggest open gold mine.

Joe Hart doesn't face stiff enough competition for his place in the team

Joe Hart warned he could be axed by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

The goalkeeper is told his place in the side is not assured

Gangs from Eastern Europe use budget airlines to commit crimes across the continent , says Europol chief

Head of European law enforcement agency said gangs are using cheap airlines to commit crimes in different locations before returning home

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Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to the Blues’s Champions League visit to Bucharest

Federico Piovaccari will pose the biggest threat to Chelsea when they face Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League tonight

Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea: Opposition analysis

A look at the Blues' Romanian opponents ahead of tonight's Champions League encounter

Chelsea's Fernando Torres clashes with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham

Fernando Torres could be handed three-game ban after Jan Vertonghen incident

Fernando Torres will face an additional three-match ban if the referee, Mike Dean, did not have a clear view of the Chelsea striker scratching Jan Vertonghen’s face during Saturday’s feisty 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Now that referees no longer submit details of bookings and sendings-off to the media after matches, it is unclear whether Torres received the first of his two yellow cards for his trip on Vertonghen or the incident that followed.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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