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Marouane Chamakh hopes for a fresh start at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Marouane Chamakh has admitted that a blackmail case, which involved a police investigation in 2011 shortly after he moved to England, destabilised him(...)

A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a vigil to show solidarity with Syrian civilians in the West Bank city of Ramallahafter hundreds were killed yesterday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs. The United Nations has demanded that Syria gives its chemical weapons experts immediate access to the suburbs where poison gas appears to have killed hundreds just a few miles from the UN team’s hotel. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The United Nations demanded Syria give its chemical weapons experts immediate access tonight to rebel-held Damascus suburbs where poison gas appears t(...)

French banking executives were alarmed in 2012 when François Hollande said his ‘real adversary’ was not Nicolas Sarkozy but ‘faceless finance ’. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP/ Getty Images

Cyril Roux, the French official who will become the financial regulator on October 1st, worked for insurance giant Axa and for the French treasury bef(...)

Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascusyesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh

International alarm over reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria has triggered an emergency session of the United Nations security council, but e(...)

Heineken, the world’s third largest brewer, reported higher first-half earnings than expected with a surge in profit in developing economies and tight(...)

Shown at the Penneys autumn-winter collection yesterday were a coat for €35 and jumper for €17. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Targeting the fashion-conscious under 35s with its slogan “look good, pay less”, Penneys yesterday kept the winter season’s trends in sharp focus, mix(...)

Liverpool have signed defender Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan from Valencia. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

Liverpool have announced the signing of Valencia defender Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan, subject to completion of paperwork.The 25-year-old has b(...)

A candidate in the upcoming German general election, the Green Party’s (Die Gruenen) Juergen Trittin, sits in his van before the official start of his campaign tour in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s opposition Green Party has said it was a mistake not to force Ireland to raise its corporate tax rate as part of its EU/IMF programme.Jürgen(...)

Mayo’s largest Gathering celebration, “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, a re-enactment of the 1798 invasion of Ireland by French forces, took place in Castlebar yesterday.  Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Mayo’s largest Gathering celebration, “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, ended yesterday with a re-enactment in Castlebar. Members of Le Garde Chauvin histori(...)

 Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) crosses the line first to win a third gold medal this time in the Men’s 4x100 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce secured their third gold medals of the Moscow world championships when the two 100m and 200m sprint champions (...)

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