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Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Mo Farah wins in Newcastle in September – his last competitive race

Golden memories put pressure on Mo Farah to start season with win

Kenya training and weak field should help GB's Olympic star serve up victory to sell-out crowd

Sami Khedira celebrates his goal

International round-up: Sami Khedira clinches Germany's historic win

Germany came from behind to beat France for the first time in 26 years as Joachim Löw’s side triumphed 2-1 in Paris.

Old and new: Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere: The heir to Steven Gerrard's England throne

England captain full of praise for the 'frightening' prospect that is the Arsenal midfielder, who is set to play alongside him at Wembley – but tells young Gunner that he's not world-class yet

Jack Wilshere training for England

Roy Hodgson asks for Jack Wilshere expectations to be kept in check

Arsenal midfielder has not been short of plaudits since returning from injury

Steven Gerrard wins the England player of the year award

Steven Gerrard proud to be named England player of the year

Captain picks up annual award

Paperback review: Some Kind of Peace, By Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff (trs by Paul Norlen)

The sudden blooming of Nordic crime thrillers is comparable with the efflorescence of Swedish tennis players in the Seventies and Eighties.

Swedish woman crashes stolen train into apartment building

A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for train fans

The vintage carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (0845 217 0799; vsoe.com) head for Scandinavia next year, visiting Stockholm for the first time.

Ice and fog cause bring travel chaos to Britain as temperatures plummet to minus 10

Heathrow cancelled between 60 and 70 flights due to the bad weather

Get me out of here: Atlantic Islands, Arctic Sweden, Andalucia

Now... On 27 December, P&O has an 11-night Atlantic Islands cruise abroad the Azura for £999pp.The round-trip from Southampton calls at Vigo, Spain and Madeira for New Year's Eve before sailing to Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Inside cabin and meals included. Pocruises.com

Burma caught using Swedish weapons in war against rebels

Inquiry launched into how anti-tank rifles were found on soldiers in breach of EU sanctions

European leaders and dignitaries sit in the City Hall in Oslo

Mother Teresa. Lech Walesa. Desmond Tutu. Mikhail Gorbachev. Herman van Rompuy...? Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize

The EU was awarded the prize for its role in transforming a European 'continent of war' into a 'continent of peace'

China: Nobel prize man backs censorship

This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mo Yan, has compared censorship with airport security checks, saying it is unpleasant but necessary.

First Aid Kit, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Nearly 40 years after Abba burst on the scene, Swedish pop continues to amaze and delight and enthrall. How does it happen?

Deals of the week: Marrakech, Stockholm, Rajasthan

Less than £200... There are three nights at the Riad Africa in Marrakech for £149pp with B&B with a choice of three excursions: a 4x4 ride in the Ourika Valley; a trip to Toubkal National Park; or a half-day quad-biking adventure. Travel before 28 February (excluding Christmas and new year). Flights extra. Specialistmorocco.com

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