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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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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin