Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

Six confirmed dead in Austrian flats explosion

IT WAS the longest night of Bernhard Schachner's life as Austrian rescue services dug through the rubble of the apartment block that had been his home.

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Letter: Masonic honour

Sir: I resent the suggestion that I have used my Masonic office or my professional occupation to interfere with the duties of the trustees of a charitable trust or to place them under any duress ("Freemasons in an unbrotherly feud over Bronte's old lodge", 26 July).

Freemasons in an unbrotherly feud over Bronte's old lodge

AN ACRIMONIOUS dispute between freemasons over the future of an historic masonic hall has laid bare the brethren's secretive hierarchy.

The Sitter's Tale: Baroness Blackstone

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Prepare to mourn for Wembley's twin towers

IT'S NOT looking good for the twin towers. As Sir Norman Foster and Partners put the finishing touches to their design for a new National Stadium on the Wembley site, the signs are that English football's most famous symbols will suffer terminal relegation when the plans are announced in July.

First Night - Artful twists redeem the cliche of memory lane

`Sacred Heart' Royal Court London

So you want to be a Freemason

We know about the secret handshakes and aprons. But what do Masons actually do?

Masons appeal for new recruits

THE VEIL of secrecy that has shrouded Freemasonry for centuries has been lowered further after the ancient craft placed its first newspaper advertisement for new members.

Skiing: Maier denies Raich's slalom hat-trick

HERMANN MAIER kept his word and held his nerve in Adelboden, Switzerland, yesterday to win a World Cup giant slalom ahead of his team-mate Benjamin Raich.

Skiing: Austrians sweep to world record

HERMANN MAIER followed in the tracks of his hero, Franz Klammer, leading a record Austrian sweep of the top nine places in a World Cup super-G in front of 20,000 fans yesterday.

Home Life: Tip of the week - Frost damage to brickwork

WINTER frosts have arrived and frost damage to brickwork can be a problem. Brickwork naturally absorbs a certain amount of rainwater. When the weather is dry, the moisture evaporates and no harm is done but too much water soaked into the brickwork can promote frost damage. Frost can affect both bricks and mortar joints. When the absorbed water freezes it expands and can make mortar crumble and split away the surface of bricks. Over time the surface of the wall will flake and crumble away.

Property: The day our publican painted over the Georgian brickwork

A building may be historic but if it's not listed it can be altered for the worse.
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and the Astana Pro Team races to fourth place in the individual time trial
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Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
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As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

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Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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