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Steven Gerrard wins the England player of the year award

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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.

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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

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European leaders and dignitaries sit in the City Hall in Oslo

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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.

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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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