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A fine balance: Zach Condon (right) and his Beirut bandmates

Beirut, Albert Hall, Manchester, gig review: 'Evokes a nostalgic atmosphere of old Europe'

Live proof of still untapped musical pleasure ahead

Simon Clegg: ‘I’m focused on delivering a highly successful Games’

European Games’ English chief insists Azerbaijan is ‘incredibly free’

The former head of the British Olympic Association now charged with running the first European Games in Azerbaijan has described the country as “an incredibly free society” and a “wonderful place to live” despite mounting international condemnation over the oil-rich state’s escalating crackdown against human rights activists in the run up to the event next year.

More than 1,000 opponents of fracking are expected to set up camp on the meadows off Preston New Road in Lancashire’s Fylde

Thousands to protest against fracking in Lancashire

From his bedroom Rod Knight can see the field which campaigners claim could be the first commercial fracking site in Britain.

The couple were abused at their home in Edinburgh

Gay couple driven from their Edinburgh home by local youths

Daniel Donaldson and Arran Southall say they have been accused of being paedophiles

Building the Home centre

Art has a new Home: £25m Manchester centre closes the culture gap with London

'Home' will boast a 500-seat theatre, five cinemas, art galleries, bars, restaurants and a piazza
Mavlana Rabbani says the closing prayers at the meeting in Batley

Praise for Baroness Warsi: 'Her action reflects the mood of Dewsbury – and of Britain’

At a hall in West Yorkshire, speakers praise the former Foreign Office minister for her principled resignation over the conflict in Gaza

Police and medical staff have been criticised for their 'sloppy approach' to the care of a teenager who died after suffering three epileptic fits whilst being held in custody in connection with an alleged burglary

Greater Manchester Police blasted for 'sloppy approach' that led to 19-year-old's death in custody

Police and medical staff have been criticised for their “sloppy approach” to the care of a teenager who died after suffering three epileptic fits whilst being held in custody in connection with an alleged burglary.

Lewis Pugh will undertake seven swims in the seven seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world

Long-distance swimmer will brave the seven seas to raise awareness of failing fish stocks

They once represented the limits of the ancient world. But now, brought low by pollution, overfishing and exploitation by modern man, the seven seas of classical times are among the most polluted and imperilled on earth.

Kylie performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Commonwealth Games 2014 closing ceremony: Glorious Glasgow will be remembered for sunshine, full stadiums and no boos for the English

The First Minister said the Games were ‘the best and friendliest ever’. Hear hear, says Jonathan Brown

The Commonwealth Games were piped out in Glasgow last night

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 2014: Glasgow's big hearted night out to say farewell

Closing time in Glasgow might once have been thought of as a perilous affair.

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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone