News File image: A British mother and daughter are among four people injured in an explosion at a Tenerife hotel

Investigation now underway into what caused the blast at the Bahia Principe hotel

Matthew Norman's Media Diary

I'm sure Huw will master Arabic

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe / Aimard, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London <!-- none onestar twostar fourstar fivestar -->

What strange vocal noises the distinguished French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes when he conducts an orchestra: hummings, huffings and a kind of motorbike revving-up growl for emphases. Fortunately, it would take more than this to discommode so consummate an ensemble as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. One suspected they could give as polished and vivacious an account of Mozart's earliest fully characteristic symphony, No 29 in A major, without anyone to conduct them at all.

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Even during his supposed retirement, Jay-Z was still the biggest hip-hop artist around: a guest appearance became a highly sought-after commodity within the hip-hop world. His new album, reportedly titled Kingdom Come, is sure to be the biggest hip-hop record of the year.

Zoli by Colum McCann

History through the eyes of a Gypsy woman who dared to break taboos

The bitter legacy of defeat: The wounds of war

Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a controversial war shrine yesterday provoked anger across Asia. By David McNeill in Tokyo

Chevrolet Camaro Concept: Meet Mr Muscle

America wants to have fun again - and GM, reports John Simister, may be about to deliver with this prototype for a low-slung, retro Chevy road-eater. He wants one

Leading article: A harbinger of the bitter strife that may lie ahead

John Prescott's croquet game at his tax-payer funded country residence risks costing him dear. The pictures of him engaged in this gentlemanly summer pursuit distilled so many of the contradictions in his current position. The well-remunerated Deputy Prime Minister with not a lot to do. The supposedly working-class lad disporting himself on his country estate. The rather juicy perks he retains, despite the loss of his departmental responsibilities. What a gift; what an open goal.

Torn Apart by Mick Middles &amp; Lindsay Reade

Blame the eager Belgian birds

An Evening With Robert Maxwell, Trafalgar Studios, London

Like the man - only cuddlier

Leading Article: It is time that we dismantled the dangerous myth of Fortress Europe

THE IMAGE of 227 Africans being held by coastguards in Tenerife is one that politicians throughout Europe would do well to study. This incident could be said to symbolise our collective failure to grasp what people will endure to escape the twin evils of poverty and oppression.

Always a long, hot winter

White sand, year-round rays and easy access make the Canaries popular with sun-seekers and investors alike. Zoe Dare Hall reports

The Best Of: Tenerife

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A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried