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Rosdeep Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court for the second time today

Tristan und Isolde, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Lovers find new depths of passion

Memorial service held for Love Parade victims

Germany held a memorial service today for the victims of the Love Parade techno music festival, where 21 people were crushed to death and 500 injured in a tunnel that was the only entrance to the event.

Simon Carr: Brown was denouncing the arrangements he himself put in place

The Sketch: A speech to save the dignity of Gordon's career

Richard Garner: The system is imperfect, but we haven't seen a better one

There is no doubting Professor Murphy has a point when he says exam grades do not reflect a candidate's innate ability.

A stunned Poland mourns loss of its governing elite

Body of Polish President killed in Russian crash flown home to Warsaw where huge crowds line streets.

Shaun Walker: 'I know nothing of Chechnya, except they're dangerous people'

Angry and nervous, Muscovites gathered to mourn the victims

The Arsenic Century, By James C Whorton

Victorian lives of poison, passion and peril

Luther Dixon: Songwriter and producer responsible for a slew of hits including '16 Candles'

The songwriter and record producer Luther Dixon was most associated with the New York all-female group the Shirelles. One of his songs for them, "Boys", became a beat-group standard and its many performers include the Beatles and the Flamin' Groovies. Strangely, none have appreciated that it is really a girls' song or, if they have, they haven't bothered to amend the lyric.

Alex James: The 15ft whopper – Christmas on a stick

Rural Notebook

The world's most ostentatious Christmas displays

Who cares about social responsibility and global warming when you can go all out with electricity-guzzling light displays to celebrate Christmas.

The ten best scented candles

Chosen by Sophie Morris

16 killed in slum community blaze

Sixteen people, including children, were killed when a fire swept through a residential building as people slept in a slum community in the central Philippines early today.

Laureate to help storytelling live happily ever after

New role created to boost oral literary tradition
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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

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International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future