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Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album review: Rainer and Das Combo, Barefoot Rock with... Rainer and Das Combo (Fire)

Though his life was cut tragically short before he could reap the rewards of his pioneering work, Rainer Ptacek embodied all that was/is best about the Americana movement. Gently dedicated to his chosen instrument – the resophonic steel guitar – he drew from its history without being bound by it.

Elvis Costello performing at Glastonbury Festival

Tramp The Dirt Down: Elvis Costello defends decision to continue singing anti-Thatcher songs

Singer: 'I don’t feel vindicated. I didn’t personally kill her'

Country singer Randy Travis

Country legend Randy Travis critically ill in hospital after suffering stroke

The 54-year-old suffered a stroke while being treated for congestive heart failure

Brazilian midfielder in action for Brazil at the Confederations Cup

Brazil midfielder Paulinho set to join Spurs after saying he has played his last match for Corinthians

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has announced he has played his final match for Corinthians, amid speculation he is set to join Tottenham.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting outside the Supreme Court

Westboro Baptist Church to picket 'evil, perverted boy band' One Direction at upcoming Kansas gig

A US Baptist Church is to picket a One Direction concert because they believe the British boy band are “crotch-grabbing little perverts”.

Jennifer Lopez performed one of the most unusual – and controversial – concerts of her career, when she crooned 'Happy Birthday Mr President' at a lavish ceremony to mark the 56th birthday of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the leader of Turkmenistan and one of the world’s most repressive dictators

Jennifer Lopez criticised over controversial concert for Turkmenistan dictator

Jennifer Lopez performed one of the most unusual – and controversial – concerts of her career this weekend, when she crooned “Happy Birthday Mr President” at a lavish ceremony to mark the 56th birthday of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the leader of Turkmenistan and one of the world’s most repressive dictators.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Just what the euro needs - another new member with a creaking economy

Croatia already effectively lives with interest rate decisions made by the European Central Bank so it might as well sign up for full membership

A woman who mistook a tube of superglue for her coldsore cream was taken to Dunedin Hospital

New Zealand woman glues mouth shut with superglue which she thought was coldsore cream

64-year-old had to use grunts and taps to lead emergency services to her house

Justin Bieber with his pet monkey Mally

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Justin Bieber's former pet monkey Mally moved from quarantine into German zoo

Justin Bieber’s former pet monkey is now officially a naturalised German after he was moved from quarantine into new quarters at a zoo.

'Greek Monsters’ installation by Beetroot at Belgrade Design Week

Belgrade Design Week: New ideas ripple by the Danube

Shortly before I left Belgrade a woman said to me. “If you write about us, don’t make us seem like savages.” For natives and blow-ins alike it can be hard not to conjure the dark days of war but I was in the capital for altogether more cheery reasons.

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, pictured in 2012, have been barred from entering Britain

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally

Theresa May said activists' presence in the UK would 'not be conducive to the public good'

Slim Whitman brought country music to the ears of pop record buyers

Slim Whitman

With no criticism of Spencer Leigh's well detailed Slim Whitman obituary (20 June), one item overlooked was the accomplishment that the singer didn't receive – a place in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, writes Tony Byworth.

Music review: Tim Burgess, Lambchop, Barbican, London

Tim Burgess is singing The Charlatans' "The Only One I Know" as a rueful acoustic reverie, finding new, profound power in its simple words.

Album: Bobby Whitlock, Where There's a Will There's a Way (FDR)

Anguished-sounding Tennessee singer/keyboards player Whitlock followed Eric Clapton from Delaney & Bonnie into Derek and the Dominos.

Kenye West is either being deliberately provocative, or unbelievably stupid

The Playlist: Kanye West / Dan Boden / Autopsy

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam