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The pair were picked up Norwegian freighter en route for Rotterdam after previous attempts to help them failed

Rotterdam rising: The city is due to unveil a new landmark

Travel by numbers: Rotterdam - Vertical city hits new heights in industrial-chic design

150 The height, in metres, of the new De Rotterdam building. Designed by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, it is due to be completed this Friday following a four-year development that has seen the gleaming "vertical city" rise from the Wilhelmina Pier. It will hold office space, luxury apartments, shopping outlets and a 280-room Nhow Hotel (derotterdam.nl).

The Yong Sheng is the first commercial Chinese cargo ship to complete the Northern Sea Route

The shipping forecast - it’ll be colder but much, much quicker: New Arctic shipping route saves up to two weeks’ travel between Asia and Europe

Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48

Rita Reys: Jazz singer of huge talent and longevity

She was known as "Europe's first lady of jazz" and first to last Rita Reys called the shots, overcoming cancer, confounding endless speculation about her retirement and still performing into her late 80s. Reys was a singer in the Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughan style who managed to incorporate large elements of cabaret into her work and in doing so won an ever-wider audience. The "first lady" title was given to her at the Juan-les-Pins festival in 1960, at a time when only the Swedish singer Alice Babs, who was a little under a year older, might have laid similar claim. Both women, though, won the admiration of senior American figures and she later recorded with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and with admired composer/arrangers Oliver Nelson and Quincy Jones. One of the most cherished honours of her long life was being made a Citizen of Honour in New Orleans in 1980, a decade after her first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The Dutch–British composer, John Ewbank, was forced to withdraw his work amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters claiming the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

Composer sounds the wrong note with official anthem for swearing-in of Holland’s future king

The Dutch–British composer of an official anthem intended for the swearing-in of Holland’s future king, Willem-Alexander, was forced to withdraw his work today amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters and claims that the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

'No evidence' to charge three Romanians accused of Picasso, Monet and Matisse art thefts

A lawyer for three Romanians who are charged with stealing valuable paintings from a museum in the Netherlands last year says there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

5.7m smuggled cigarettes found hidden in lorry meant to be carrying children's play equipment

More than 5.7 million smuggled cigarettes have been found by Border Force officers in a lorry that was meant to be carrying children's play equipment.

Sylvain Wiltord had been playing for Nantes

Former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord announces retirement

The French Football Federation paid tribute to former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord, who has announced his retirement.

Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt vents frustration at Kenny Dalglish over lack of Liverpool opportunities

Dirk Kuyt has vented his frustration at no longer being a Liverpool first-team regular under Kenny Dalglish.

Dirk Kuyt

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt rules out return to Feyenoord

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has ruled out a return to Feyenoord in the immediate future because he feels it would be a step back in his career.

Members of the Out to Swim Angels during a practice session in Victoria, central London

Wrath of the waterboys

A male synchronised swimming team from London is furious at the Olympic Games' ban on men

Andy Roddick enjoys his victory over Roger Federer in Miami

Roddick defeat leaves Federer citing fatigue after busy season

Roger Federer said a busy opening to the season had "taken its toll" after the world No 3's 16-match unbeaten run was ended by the world No 34, Andy Roddick, in the third round of the Miami Masters on Monday night. Federer, who lost 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, was playing his 29th match of the season.

Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science

Dutch lab that created deadly bird flu virus attacks America for redacting its research.

Travel Agenda: The Harbin Ice Festival; The Active Travel Show; Miami's International Art Fair; Art Rotterdam

Today: In China, The Harbin Ice Festival is under way in the capital of Heilongjiang province. The annual winter event sees artists and engineers chisel elaborate sculptures, towers and temples from the frozen waters of the Songhua River. The event continues until the end of February (cnto.org).

Tanker re-routed amid cracks fears

A tanker carrying more than 55,000 tonnes of gas oil off the north west of Ireland has been re-routed to Belfast amid fears over cracks to its body.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

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Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen