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Album review: Rolling Stones, Hyde Park Live (Polydor)

While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.

Album review: Martin Simpson, Vagrant Stanzas (Topic)

Martin Simpson applies his dazzling fingerstyle technique to a broad range of material, from Thirties folk-blues lament “Diamond Joe” to Leonard Cohen's bedsit anthem “Stranger Song”, alongside his own originals such as “Delta Dreams” and the instrumental “Molly As She Swings”. As ever, there's special attention paid to social broadsides, from a gritty version of Dylan's iron-range ballad “North Country Blues” to Leon Rosselson's “Palaces of Gold”, whose gauging of the imbalance between privilege and poverty remains as pertinent now as ever.

A member of the presidential guard stands in front of supporters of Zanu PF presidential candidate for the forthcoming general elections Robert Mugabe

'Insider' leaks secrets from heart of Mugabe's Zimbabwe regime on Facebook

Days before election, Zimbabweans read allegations of corruption in ruling party

As Brazil hots up for next year's World Cup, Spanish carrier Air Europa has announced that it will start flying from Madrid to Sao Paulo on 16 December

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Firms have a 'social duty' to hire British workers, says Conservative minister Matthew Hancock

Companies have a "social duty" to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants, a Conservative minister said today.

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A year on from London 2012, what is the real legacy of the Olympics?

One idea is that the Olympics have inspired us to be something we never thought possible, for each of us to achieve our own personal best

Kim Jong-un walks past tombstones at the opening of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters in Pyongyang

North Korea: US veterans at Kim Jong-un’s war anniversary

The veterans are in the country to  find the remains of an aviator killed in the war

Album review: Grant Hart, The Argument (Domino)

Former Hüsker Dü drummer/songwriter Grant Hart exhibits huge ambition on The Argument, a double-album inspired by William Burroughs' planned sci-fi re-imagining of Milton's Paradise Lost.

Book review: Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, By David Kynaston

Can this close-up patchwork of social detail explain the forces that moulded postwar history?

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joan Iyiola in A Season in the Congo

Theatre review: A Season in the Congo, Young Vic, London

It's six years since we last saw him on stage giving an award-winning portrayal of Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. Now Chiwetel Ejiofor is back and in magnificent form as Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, in Joe Wright's production of this 1966 play by Aime Cesaire about the fraught political struggles that led to Lumumba's CIA-endorsed assassination after barely seven months of power. 

Wildfire warning as Britain enjoys best summer in years

Fire chiefs say nature reserves are under threat while forecasters expect 32C in the South-east

Jim Foglesong: Country music producer and label executive

Jim Foglesong, who died in Nashville on 9 July at the age of 90, was a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks' career. Foglesong, a West Virginia native, began his career in New York as a session singer, producer and record executive and moved to Nashville in 1970 after helping Columbia Records launch their subsidiary, Epic.

Rape culture and victim blaming are still all too real at our universities

Feminist activist Helena Horton believes that British universities still have a long way to go

Album review: Courtyard Hounds, Amelita (Columbia)

This second offering from the side-project of Dixie Chicks Emily Robison and Martie Maguire errs on the saccharine side of their character, despite the impression given by the opening track “Sunshine”, a sassy jab at a disdainful pessimist.

Album review: David Lynch, The Big Dream (Sunday Best)

The familiar Lynchian tropes are evident throughout this second solo album from the auteur director. What's not here, though, is the craft and the sheer peculiarity that might make The Big Dream more listenable.

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