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Viennese noir... with red tinges

L’Issipile, La nuova musica, classical review

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Pope Francis addresses ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on January 13, 2014

Pope Francis removes four cardinals in Vatican bank shake-up

Pope Francis continues his shake-up of the Catholic Church after sacking four cardinals from the Vatican Bank commission on Wednesday.

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has become Hull’s record signing

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Corporal Andrew Garthwaite has become the first person in the UK to receive a 'thought-controlled' prosthetic arm

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Mind over matter.

An aerial view of Gibraltar

Fury as Spanish officers search British diplomatic bag at border with Gibraltar

Foreign Office spokesman described incident as 'serious infringement' of diplomatic protocols

The 1726 Haggadah, illustrated by one of Judaism's most famous scribes, was found in a garage

Rare Jewish manuscript found in garage expected to fetch £500,000

The Haggadah (a book read by Jews on the first night of Passover) dates from 1726

Great works: Self-Portrait in his Study, 1906, By Carl Moll

Various Viennese painters are currently showing themselves off in a brilliant show entitled Facing the Modern at the National Gallery, including this portrait by Moll

Natascha Kampusch, pictured here in 2011

Natascha Kampusch case resurfaces: Murder theory rises over 'suicide' of police chief who led inquiry into eight-year disappearance of schoolgirl

Suspicions have been raised by results of new tests carried out by Austrian forensic expert

Mark Schwarzer

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Schwarzer is Australia's most-capped player with 109 appearances

Ripple effect: A Viking River Cruises vessel on the Danube

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It's still October. The clocks haven't even gone back yet and probably the last thing you want to think about is Christmas shopping. However, forward planning will reward with enjoyable alternatives away from the high street.

Opera review: Die Fledermaus - English National Opera, London Coliseum

Die Fledermaus in jackboots? Is it no longer possible for a piece referring to Germany or Austria to be staged in this country without them? If it is, someone forgot to tell Christopher Alden. Johann Strauss's operetta is a work that bubbles over with champagne-sluiced melody and humour. Alden shoehorns it into the 1930s and brings us the decline and fall of Vienna. I'd never imagined that Die Fledermaus could leave you feeling depressed.

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Police secure the property of the suspect in Grosspriel, Austria

Austrian police find charred body in hunt for gunman who shot four people dead

Austrian police hunting for a man who killed four people have found the charred body of the suspected gunman.

Charred body found in Austrian hunt for gunman who killed three police officers and emergency worker

Heavily armed suspect had been arrested during Monday night but escaped in a stolen police car

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni quits Republic of Ireland role following defeat to Austria

Italian's five-year tenure comes to an end by 'mutual consent'

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