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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

Henin reaches semi-finals

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Obituary: Professor F. W. Clayton

FRED CLAYTON was a precociously brilliant scholar, "the most learned man I ever met" as his King's contemporary Alan Turing put it. He knew more about Shakespeare's use of Latin authors than anyone else alive, and yet hardly anyone in the field of Shakespeare scholarship had ever heard of him. What explains that paradox is something peculiar to his generation - a life of three acts, of which the second and most formative was war.

Christmas: Your very own Bohemian rhapsody

For a seasonal adventure with a difference, why not head for the Saxon border and the original land of toys. Miners play a big part, too

Classical: Hear and believe

It's two centuries late, but the UK premiere of a Requiem by Jan Dismas Zelenka is some event.

Green allies of Schroder in bitter civil war

SOMEHOW, THINGS are going from bad to worse for Gerhard Schroder's administration. His own party stood united yesterday, shocked into silence by their worst battering from the German voters since the war, and still his government was falling apart.

Schroder's party hits new depths of unpopularity

THE GERMAN Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, could be excused for confusing regional polls with visitations of the plague. For the third Sunday in succession, his Social Democratic Party plumbed new depths of unpopularity yesterday, scraping together barely 10 per cent of the votes cast in the Land of Saxony.

Rival Russians battle for German church

"IN OUR church you can see the entire history of this century," Father Grigory says with a wry smile. Clues to support his sweeping claim are hard to find, though. The paint on the ceiling is flaking, but for reasons no more apocalyptic than a leaky roof. The crosses on the five deep-blue onion domes are freshly gilded, and the exterior betrays no evidence of war. The fire storms that had raged through Dresden on that terrible night in February 1945 left the Church of the Holy Simeon standing alone in a vast desert of charred rubble. Some say it was a miracle.
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