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

New Tate Modern director named

Tate Modern has appointed Chris Dercon, who is in charge of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, as its new director.

Trial of Somali 'pirates' opens in Netherlands

Europe's first trial of alleged Somali pirates opened at Rotterdam District Court yesterday with conflicting accounts from the five suspects, a notable lack of physical evidence and a shortage of witnesses.

Scotsman, 72, joins judo's highest rank

Only seven living people hold judo's highest rank, the "10th Dan" black belt. As of yesterday, a 72-year-old Scotsman is one of them.

Iceland's coalition cools on pledge to hold vote on UK repayment

Fears that government would not survive if, as expected, public strikes down deal to pay back £2.3bn

Islamic scholar hits out over sacking

Dutch authorities fire Swiss intellectual and TV anchor over links to Iran

Dutch man goes on shooting rampage

Police say a Dutch man pulled a gun in a noisy cafe and opened fire on patrons inside and passers-by, killing one person and wounding three others.

Murray's virus has Lloyd sweating over Davis tie

John Lloyd, Britain's Davis Cup captain, was bracing himself last night for an anxious few days after Andy Murray cast doubt on his availability for next week's tie against Ukraine in Glasgow by withdrawing from the Dubai Championships. The British No 1, who pulled out before he was due to play Richard Gasquet here in the quarter-finals, has a virus that has been troubling him ever since last month's Australian Open.

Bought for just €2,000 – a Holbein masterpiece that is worth millions

When the dusty heirlooms and bric-a-brac of a once-stately French family went under the hammer at a minor auction eight years ago, an anonymous portrait of the Dutch scholar Erasmus sold for €2000 (£1,900).

Mariinsky / Gergiev, De Doelen, Rotterdam

Dostoevsky's obsession with physical and mental pain, coupled with his relentlessly emphatic style, means that The Brothers Karamazov is not the ideal book to curl up with. Nor is this 900-page emotional odyssey ideal fodder for opera: two operas have been drawn from it, but neither has stood the test of time.

Iranian asylum-seeker says he was 'one step from death'

A gay Iranian man who has been granted asylum in Britain after he claimed he faced the death penalty in his home country has spoken for the first time of his extraordinary fight to stop his deportation.

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