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Miley Cyrus in the video for her new single 'Wrecking Ball'

Miley Cyrus scores first US number one with 'Wrecking Ball'

The singer reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to the large number of video streams 'Wrecking Ball' received

Venezuela prison gang: 16 inmates killed in bloody battle

At least 15 people have been killed in a bloody battle among inmates, some of whom were armed, in a prison in Venezuela.

Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan came second

'Come in Baku. Have you been cheating at Eurovision song contest?'

Allegations against Azerbaijan, made by a delegate to 2013’s song contest, are being investigated

Bangladeshi photojournalists and social activists form a human chain in Dhaka as they protest the gang-rape of a female colleague in Mumbai, India

India's bus rape verdict: Nothing will really change until patriarchal attitudes do

Over the past nine months there have been steps taken to address women’s lack of safety - but there's still a long way to go

Book of a lifetime: In the Heart of the Country, by JM Coetzee

A good book must have a certain aroma. That is what a lifetime of reading library books has taught me. Some reek too much of tobacco, others have a musty odour that seems to choke the very text, but the books that chime with me just smell right. I find them by accident; hiding behind frayed plastic jackets in the book sales of the local libraries. I peel away their protective wrapping and then sniff. In the Heart of the Country by JM Coetzee had hints of apple, sandalwood and charcoal between its pages; surprising, for such a lean and austere book, but  also promising.

Matthew E. White at Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Music review: Matthew E. White - A half empty Shepherd's Bush Empire wasn't quite ready for the country, but spirits were undimmed

Matthew E. White’s music is a home-brewed synthesis of the most comforting music of the early 1970s: gospel, symphonic soul, rock, country and jazz taken at the comfortable lope the second song tonight calls “Steady Pace”.

Album: UB40, Getting Over the Storm (Virgin)

A second album since the mournful Ali Campbell was replaced as lead voice by his brother Duncan. And they have a theme.

This is business brilliance from Team Cyrus

There’s nothing like a bunch of older commentators telling you that something is a thoroughly bad thing to get her target market to part with their cash

Dolly Parton, Country singer

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Bo Xilai's trial is an early test of President X Jinping's campaign to stamp out corruption

China sets date for disgraced politician Bo Xilai's trial

Former party chief's trial will test new president's anti-corruption credentials

Album: Dawes, Stories Don't End (Mercury/Hub)

Album three from the LA four-piece whose Nothing is Wrong was one of my favourite records of 2011.

Hundreds converge on Balcombe as fracking protests continue

Protesters have vowed to continue after Caudrilla announces plans to scale back their operation

Tompall Glauser was born in 1933 and had his very first taste of success in 1957

Tompall Glaser: One of country music’s Outlaws

In the strict, disciplined world of country music, Tompall Glaser was a maverick.

Clement on stage in Nashville earlier this year

Jack Clement: Nashville legend who worked with Johnny Cash, U2 and Jerry Lee Lewis

"Cowboy" Jack Clement was one of the renaissance men of American music. A maverick original, his 60-year career was spent mainly within the country genre – writing and publishing hit songs, producing seminal albums (many in his own studios), recording in his own right, working as a DJ in his later years and even producing a horror film which has gained a cult following.

Engineers working on the drilling platform of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking: American dream, Chinese pipe-dream, global nightmare

Energy policy should instead focus on renewables

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The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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