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Swiss government blocks deal to sell luxury ski lift to North Korea

Switzerland has vetoed an attempt by an engineering company to sell a $7.5m (£4.8m) ski lift to North Korea because of concerns that the sale would breach United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang regime.

Marina Berlusconi, 46, is reportedly an intimidating boss

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Comparisons to the Kennedys and the Bushes are exaggerated, but if Silvio Berlusconi’s criminal conviction makes it politically impossible for him to continue at the head of his party after the summer, there is a strong chance that another Berlusconi will take his place – Marina Berlusconi, his eldest daughter, who at present heads both Fininvest, his financial holding company, and Mondadori, Italy’s biggest book publisher, acquired by her father in controversial circumstances.

Fans pack Murray Mound to cheer on the British number one

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Millions watched Andy Murray’s tense blockbuster of a quarter final against Fernando Verdasco last night.

The name of Greater Manchester's long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card has been announced

My Get Me There: Manchester scratches its head over ‘Get the heck out of here’ answer to London's Oyster card

The name of Greater Manchester’s long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card was announced yesterday. It is to be called – drum roll –  “My Get Me There”. And has, unsurprisingly, elicited a big fat “WHAT?” from Mancunians.

Emma West pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of a racially aggravated section 5 public order offence

Mother at centre of Croydon tram rant seen by 2.2m within 24 hours on YouTube admits racially abusing passengers

Legal team had argued that she did not want to plead guilty for fear of being branded a racist

The world's longest lift-served ski run, the Vallée Blanche, descends for 22km (13.6 miles) into Chamonix

British skier falls to his death near Chamonix in French Alps

A British skier has died after plunging more than 3,000 feet while tackling a famous off piste glacier in the French Alps.

Cable cars make their way up to the Hintertux Glacier near Mayrhofen

British girl aged 10 dies in Austria ski crash

A 10-year-old British girl died after ploughing into a tree on a family skiing holiday in Austria, local police said.

Greek police storm metro workers sit-in as strike goes on

Greek riot police stormed a train depot in Athens on Friday to disperse subway staff defying government orders to end their strike, intensifying a confrontation that has paralysed public transport in the city.

A free ticket to ride

Imagine if you got on the bus, Tube, train or tram this morning without paying. Imagine if you could travel into town, day in and day out, without ever paying a penny. From next year, this is exactly what you'll be able to do if you live in the capital of Estonia. And you won't even get arrested.

A cable car linking the Medeu Alpine Ice Arena and the Shymbulak Alpine Resort

The Hedonist: An almighty night in Almaty

What to see and where to be seen

Police had earlier sealed off an area around the house

Tia Sharp: Police hold murder suspect after fourth search reveals body

Grandmother's partner is arrested - but questions are raised over why detectives did not make crucial discovery sooner

Police scour CCTV in hunt for missing girl Tia Sharp

Detectives hunting for a missing 12-year-old girl are continuing to sift through hours of CCTV footage for a clue to her location.

Steven Gerrard’s flashes of quality were nowhere near enough for England

James Lawton: Our culture was once envy of world – now it's in ruins

Where do we start – again – on the latest breakdown in England's ability to compete seriously against grown-up football nations?

Antonio Di Natale beats Spain keeper Iker Casillas to put Italy ahead after an hour in Gdansk
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Simon McBurney brings dazzling technology to his Bulgakov adaptation but little clarity. A Sondheim evergreen, meanwhile, is as fresh as ever

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