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Bankrupt Detroit experienced an economic upturn after creating a space where tech start-up staff wanted to work

What British cities can learn from Detroit: Motor City's turnaround should be a model for regeneration

British cities seeking to adapt to the realities of the new global economy should model their plans on the success of United States conurbations including Detroit, a former urban development advisor to President Obama has told The Independent.

Ernest Hemmingway in 1955; The cover of 'A Farewell to Arms'

English theatre company granted unprecedented permission to stage Hemingway epic 'A Farewell to Arms'

A small theatre company has been granted unprecedented permission by Ernest Hemingway's literary estate to recreate the author’s semi-autobiographical World War One classic A Farewell to Arms.

Scotland baby ashes scandal: Families call for public inquiry

The grieving families of children affected by Scotland’s baby ashes scandal have called for a public inquiry to find out who was responsible for the secret disposal of the remains of hundreds of infants.

Mark Oliver Everett of Eels performing in Glasgow, June 2014

Eels, Bridgewater Hall, gig review: 'Cathartic'

When it comes to describing their music, Mark Oliver Everett knows better than anyone. “Sweet, soft bummer rock” he calls it. Eels, who have just released their eleventh album, might be on to something of a downer it is true, but it is an exquisite gloom they cast.

Last year 77 per cent of the UK public wanted immigration reduced – compared to 63 per cent in 1995

Graduates four times more likely to back immigration – as nearly all Britons say speaking English is key to national identity

Social divide opens up while British attitudes to migrants have hardened

Ingleton in Co Durham, home to a Methodist chapel and school, is little known beyond the population of 400

Shadow Labour Minister Helen Goodman red-faced after confusing Ingleton, Co Durham and Ingleton, North Yorks

Its Wikipedia entry is remarkably short on details, describing Ingleton in Co Durham merely as a village eight miles from Darlington.

Local authorities are calling for an overhaul of the system for prosecuting rogue landlords

Rogue landlords 'should face tougher penalties' for squalid conditions

Criminal landlords are putting the lives of “Generation Rent” at risk by forcing tenants to live in squalid and unsafe conditions because the fines imposed on them are too low, a report claims.

Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP, believes MI5 will be conducting a dirty tricks campaign against the Yes Scotland movement

Scottish independence campaigner claims MI5 is leading dirty tricks campaign

A veteran campaigner for Scottish independence has accused so-called cybernats who subjected author JK Rowling to a tirade of internet abuse of “opening the door” to a possible MI5 dirty tricks campaign to scupper a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum.

A scene from Angel Meadow at Home Manchester

Angel Meadow, Home Manchester, review: 'A rollercoaster that crackles with excitement'

This is a production for which the phrase “in your face” might well have been invented.

Amazon announced profits of £64m in the first quarter of 2014

Amazon moves to take on Gumtree and Craigslist

Once upon a time we used to look up local tradespeople in a big yellow book. Now Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wants to revolutionise the search for plumbers, piano tuners or the nearest chimney sweep in the same way as he has transformed the global retail industry.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice