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President Barack Obama leads nation in moment of silence, as commemoration ceremonies take place in New York, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania

Iraq gets ready for life after America

Next year will be the first since 2003 with no US troops in Baghdad. But are Iraqis ready to go it alone?

Conversations with Penn & Teller, IndigO2, London

"Six seconds was all it took between horrible accident and hysterical laughing.” That was how Penn Gillette described his reaction to longtime showbusiness partner,Teller, having his feet nibbled by a Piranha.

Wolseley see profits surge

Wolseley, the world's biggest building supplies company, posted a 16 per cent rise in first-quarter trading profit and warned it will remain vigilant on costs due to uncertainty over the outlook.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA after carrying out the biggest military

MPs call for revamp of extradition laws with US

MPs last night demanded an overhaul of extradition laws after the battle between Britain and the United States over the alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon intensified.

Pakistan: Travel ban for ex-envoy

Pakistan's Supreme Court has barred the former envoy to Washington from leaving the country while he is investigated over claims that he sought US help in May to prevent a coup.

Lemmy desperate for Jeff Beck duet

Lemmy has been trying to collaborate with Jeff Beck "for three years".

Album: R.E.M, Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 (Warner Bros.)

The self-deprecating title conveys something of what made R.E.M. different from the ossified 1980s rock scene in which they began.

Gene Simmons proud of KISS empire

The veteran musician can't understand why some bands refuse to endorse products and with his own group putting their name to over 3,000 different ventures, he believes they have properly embraced the spirit of the "music business". 

Gene Simmons pioneered the 'band as brand' philosophy in the US

Is Gene Simmons the man to give our economy the kiss of life?

Business leaders of the future are tuning into Kiss frontman's billion-dollar brand lecture

Jimmy Savile in 1974 with children who took part in his series of 'Jim'll Fix It'

Jimmy Savile: He fixed it for them – the guys and gals (and grandma) whose dreams came true

For 19 years, Jimmy Savile dominated Saturday afternoon television with 'Jim'll Fix It' in which he enabled a select number of children to fulfil their dreams, no matter how bizarre they were. To celebrate his life, James Waterson tracks down those who had their wishes realised and revisits some of the show's most memorable moments

Album: Professor Green, At Your Inconvenience (Virgin)

Having managed to parlay an association with Lily Allen into the semblance of a career, Professor Green punches above his weight on his second album, with tracks indulging the standard hip-hop tropes of self-aggrandisation ("At Your Inconvenience") and aimless antagonism ("DPMO (Don't Piss Me Off)").

Album: Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials (Island )

For her follow-up to Lungs, Florence Welch wanted to make something "dramatic and really huge and kind of spooky", an intention which Ceremonials bears out with storm-cloud arrangements, big, rolling drum riffs and ghost-story songs.

Laura Marling, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester<br/>Glen Campbell, BBC Radio Theatre, London

Laura Marling's cathedral gig delivers great acoustics, but her dreamy songs are not as uplifting as Glen Campbell's final tour

I thought they split up years ago...

That Westlife have called it a day came as a shock to their fans &ndash; and to everyone who thought they already had. Will Dean reveals the other rockers rolling on under the radar
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