Sport A mock up of the propose redevelopment of the Bernabeu

It's expected £328m will be spent on the project

The new Library of Birmingham, designed by Francine Houben; right, the library interior

First look: Birmingham's new £188m library - a sparkling cornerstone of the city's rebirth

It has more than twice the capacity of its predecessor, and is at the forefront of the city’s latest regeneration

Is this the last hurrah for modern bookish bigness?

The new Library of Birmingham ticks all the boxes as far as so-called landmark architecture is concerned. Designed by Mecanoo, a star international practice. Slightly wild façade. Even more dramatic central atrium, spiralling up through the building. And at the  pinnacle, a golden ark containing the city’s original 1882 Shakespeare archive room.

Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle and Morecambe's Kevin Ellison

Morecambe 0 Newcastle United 2 match report: Ameobis' late show rescues Magpie's Capital One Cup dreams

Newcastle United have trawled the globe in a so far fruitless search for a new striker but on the evidence of this hard-fought defeat of Morecambe tonight, the solution may lie closer to home.

Putin says pants to painting: Artist flees Russia as portrait of President in women's underwear confiscated from art gallery

A picture of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear has been confiscated from an art gallery in St Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.

Dr George McGavin among the swarms of Red Crabs on Christmas Island.

TV review - Ultimate Swarms (BBC1) is bee good, shame about the soundtrack

"Swarms are extremely powerful," the zoologist George McGavin told us in Ultimate Swarms. They can be deadly too, he continued: "By joining together, even the simplest creatures can achieve the impossible." Yeah, we know that, George, we've seen Hitchcock's The Birds, and some of us still remember that naff crop of films about insect invasion that were the equivalent of zombie movies in the late 1970s – swarms of bees, ants and spiders working with a cunning collective intelligence to overwhelm mankind.

How do the rich sleep at night? Very well, according to a major study of British bedtime behaviour

Lots of money is the most effective sleep remedy, new study shows

How do the rich sleep at night? Very well, according to a major study of British bedtime behaviour.

Why Prince Charles is right about architecture

In truth, the prince has lamentably little influence over what gets built

Le Corbusier’s La Cité Radieuse in Marseille tested the writer’s Francophile tendencies

Stephen Bayley: The impossible dream of French perfection

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Murdered Briton Neil Heywood

Bo Xilai trial hears for first time why British businessman Neil Heywood was targeted

Testimony given during former Communist Party chief’s trial reveals why his wife murdered Neil Heywood

Richard Rogers versus Prince Charles: Lord Rogers of Riverside claims heir to the throne has right of 'veto' to major developments

Prince Charles has 'veto' over major new developments, claims leading architect

Richard Rogers says developers now check with Prince before committing investment

Murder victim Stephen Lawrence

GCSE results: Closure threat fails to dent motivation at Stephen Lawrence school

The threat of closure has failed to dent the motivation of pupils at the school where murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was taught as they achieved record results in their GCSE exams.

The living space in new homes has fallen by more than one-third since the 1920s

'Rabbit hutch' housing to be curbed by Government

The living space in new homes has fallen by more than one-third since the 1920s

Norman Foster said the museum failed to include the firm in the work

Lord Foster pulls out of expansion of Moscow's Pushkin State Museum

Top British architect says the museum failed to include the firm in the work over the past several years

Wall painting in the bedroom at Red House, showing (left to right) Adam, Eve, Noah, Rachel, Jacob

Pre-Raphaelite mural of 'international importance' discovered in William Morris' house

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown thought to be among those who collaborated in painting

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