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While politicians agonise over the size of the Government’s debt, one of the most expensive publicly funded projects in recent years is quietly getting under way.

The national trust Holy island castle from Lindisfarne Priory

Walk of the Month: Bamburgh, Northumberland - a thousand tales lurk among these dramatic cliffs and crags

There’s plenty of history to discover on this dramatic walk along the Northumberland coast, says Mark Rowe

The News Matrix: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Council bans payday loans on public PCs

Modern India takes on the King of Manipur over his royal palace

State government plans to evict ‘living deity’ from building that dates back to the British Raj

The Archbishop, Justin Welby, learnt earlier this year his father had been born a Jew

Archbishop Justin Welby’s stance on Israel and Palestine raised by Middle East visit

The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Egypt on Sunday at the start of a five-day tour of the Middle East that will see his stance on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict scrutinised.

Bashar al-assad: President’s forces still have the upper hand on rebels

Syrian rebels facing a new threat – the flesh-eating ‘Aleppo boil’

Explosions and gunfire rang out across the northern Syrian city of Aleppo last night as rebel factions continued to defend the former economic hub against the superior weaponry of regime forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Installation image of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A

Art review: Memory Palace, V&A Museum, London

The visitor to this sensational new exhibition is greeted with the words: “My fellow Londoners, can’t you see how we are diminished?” 

Britain's Prince Philip attends a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London

Prince Philip 'in good spirits' as Queen visits hospital but he will be out of action for two months, Palace says

Buckingham Palace says Duke of Edinburgh 'progressing satisfactorily'

Paperback review: The Daylight Gate, By Jeanette Winterson

Winterson's novella reconstructs the pursuit of the "Pendle witches" in 1612.

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip 'progressing satisfactorily' after exploratory operation on abdomen

The Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 92 on Monday, had surgery on his abdomen under general anaesthetic and the results will now be analysed

The 10 Best men’s T-shirts

Forget about a plain white tee and add some summer fun to your wardrobe with this bold and bright selection

Local community representatives and faith leaders lay flowers near the scene of the killing of Lee Rigby's murder

Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain

Family statement: 'Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others'

A general view during the press preview of 'Gas Giant' by Jacob Hashimoto, an installation composed of 7500 kites as part of the 55th International Art Exhibition on May 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy.

Review: 55th Venice Biennale Giardini, Venice

While the pavilions at this year’s Biennale attempt to outdo one another in terms of architectural grandeur and artistic wackiness, to wander through them is a joy. And if the colossal range of art isn’t enough, the people-watching is fantastic.

Goddess statue stolen in Sissinghurst Castle robbery

Thieves have stolen a marble statue of a Greek goddess from one of Britain's most elegant gardens.

Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic dives from the 27.5 metre rock during the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal

Red Bull’s Cliff Diving World Series: The competition’s on a cliff edge

With seriously high stakes, it's an extreme arena

Bluebells are usually one of the first indications that spring is on the way

Kate Humble: Signs of spring are everywhere, even in the chill

Spring has been a long time coming this year, a feeling exacerbated, I suspect, by the fact that we have barely seen the sun since last March. Remember last year? Spring made a tentative start in January and by the end of March the bluebells were out, most of us had had at least one barbecue and we were looking forward to a long hot summer. Then April came, and with it, the rain, which didn't stop.

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

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