Travel East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

Boney M singer Bobby Farrell dies on tour in Russia aged 61

The frontman of 1970s chart-toppers Boney M, Bobby Farrell, has died at the age of 61 while on tour in Russia.

Activists call for end to France's homeless crisis

Four years ago the name Augustin Legrand circled the globe. His organisation, Les Enfants de Don Quichotte – The Children of Don Quixote – installed 100 illegal red tents on the banks of the Seine in December 2006 to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in France.

Teen spirit: The 'Skins' sensation sweeping France

The Channel 4 teen drama isn't just a cult show in France – it has inspired a wild party scene.

Ahead of his time: Carausius was a pirate, a rebel and the first ruler of a unified Britain

The discovery of a hoard of ancient coins has called attention to a forgotten emperor

Travel Agenda: Glen Nevis River Race; Paris Plages; Center Parcs

Today: The Glen Nevis River Race is being staged in Lochaber, the "Outdoor Capital of the UK"; 100 elite athletes and adrenalin junkies navigate an obstacle-ridden two-mile stretch of the icy waters of the River Nevis on LiLos ( nofussevents.co.uk ). Also, a new high-speed Skyliner train connects Nippori station in Tokyo to Narita Airport Terminal 2 in 36 minutes, cutting the journey time by 15 minutes ( keisei.co.jp ).

Sarkozy's summer of scandal

He came to power as a new kind of politician. Now the French President is beset by old-fashioned troubles. Can he survive?

48 Hours in: Revolutionary Paris

Liberty? Equality? Fraternity? As France celebrates Bastille Day, explore the capital's rebellious side, says Harriet O'Brien

What the butler heard: Snobbery, hypocrisy, anti-semitism and greed

The recordings that expose the murky world of France's super-rich L'Oréal heiress could have come from the pen of Molière.

Traveller's Guide: Normandy

In the fifth of our six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, Andrew Sanger explores France's grandest duchy

Francis Ford Coppola - It's all about the family business

Francis Ford Coppola has often focused on personal issues. His latest film after a long hiatus is no different, he tells Kaleem Aftab

A nouvelle approach to Paris: John Walsh gets a fresh view of the city

Introducing two teenagers to Paris means queuing for the Louvre is out and vintage shops are in

Convoy of angry cereal farmers rumbles into Paris demanding price support

The streets of Paris were invaded yesterday by a convoy of 1,300 tractors and 10,000 cereal farmers, demanding government help for their crisis-hit industry.

Paris plans new beach on riverbank

Seine to be transformed if Mayor succeeds in shutting urban expressways

Book Of A Lifetime: Of Walking On Ice, By Werner Herzog

Simple acts of walking are threaded through the fiction of many writers, such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Franz Kafka, who put their characters on the road for compelling reasons. So it seemed an idea to round them all up, and steer them into an anthology called The Burning Leg. Twenty authors gathered. Except my favourite was missing, because his words are non-fiction, though they flow fantastically. Quest, myth and even farce colour the pages of his rich and remarkable diary - the sort of diary that invites you to stop reading before pulling on your Timberlands.

Tales of a riverbank revolution

Open-air book stalls have been a fixture of Paris's Left Bank for centuries. Now, an invasion of tourist tat has left them fighting for survival.
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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
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Thurston Moore interview

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Bradley Cooper is terrific