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Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

Andy Murray in action

Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray wary of second round opponent Lu Yen-hsun

The British number one had little trouble in the first round

Edward Snowden

Hunt for Edward Snowden: 'I wonder if he asked them about internet freedon', says John Kerry as US turns to sarcasm

Such has been the embarrassment for the United States that its Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday resorted to sarcasm against Beijing and Moscow. “I wonder if while he was in either of those countries he raised the question of internet freedom since that seems to be what he champions,” Mr Kerry said.

Chip Starnes, co-owner of Coral Springs medical supplies

How to get what you want from the boss? Hold him hostage in his office: that's what Chinese factory workers did to US executive Chip Starnes

Beijing factory owner imprisoned for five  days as angry workers barricade the exits

Journalists show an iPad with the picture of Edward Snowden, former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, to passengers of a flight from Hong Kong trying to find out if Snowden was aboard the plane, in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Hong Kong risks US anger by giving Snowden clean exit

The Hong Kong government will not have endeared itself to the United States by giving a clean exit to Edward Snowden, the former contractor with the National Security Agency who has leaked secrets about its internet and telephone snooping programmes.

Singapore officials consider legal action against forest fire companies over the heaviest smog to ever cover the city

Officials in Singapore are considering whether to take legal action against two companies in connection with the severe smog that has clouded the city following forest fires in Indonesia.

Former CIA employee fled to Hong Kong shortly before scandal broke

NSA Prism revelations: Hong Kong remains silent on Edward Snowden extradition

US Department of Justice has filed espionage charges against Snowden

Chinese state media warns against extradition of Edward Snowden

One of China’s leading newspapers has called for Beijing not to return US whistleblower Edward Snowden to America, saying that to take such action would be a “disappointment for expectations around the world.”

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

NSA Prism whistleblower: State-run newspaper says Edward Snowden hiding in Hong Kong threatens US-China relations

Snowden: 'I am not here to hide from justice, I am here to reveal criminality'

British mum Emma Wilkinson killed in crash in Siberia during Peking to Paris vintage car rally

31-year-old man and baby in another vehicle also killed

Chinese astronauts (front L-R) Wang Yaping, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang prepare to board the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft

Shenzhou-10: Capsule docks with space lab

China's fifth manned space mission is its longest

Postcard from... Beijing

Beijing is quiet this week, as people take three days off to mark Dragon Boat Festival, and the weather finally cleared on Monday after days of a soupy rain-and-smog combination.

Chinese authorities said they destroyed Belgian chocolates because they contained toxic substances

Belgian chocolates and the trade spat souring EU-China relations

Latest trashing of the national delicacy comes as the EU pursues import tariffs on Chinese solar panels

Edward Snowden, whose whereabouts are unknown

Are there more spy revelations to come? America rages at NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and labels him a 'traitor'

Snowden facing prosecution in hiding as ex-girlfriend writes of being 'lost' without him

'I am not afraid,’ says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room

Haven or hell? Hong Kong diplomatic treaty means China could block Edward Snowden extradition

The Hong Kong authorities have usually acceded to extradition requests under a 1997 treaty with the US. But the final say could rest with China, which assumed sovereignty later that year.

Birmingham airport expansion plans: how do they measure up?

Birmingham Airport has proposed changes which could boost capacity of the airport by up to 70 million long term. But just how does this match up with the world's other major airports?

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas