IBM extends cloud services with SoftLayer acquisition

No price disclosed, but SoftLayer's business estimated at $2bn

Richard Patterson, Christina with green necklace, 2000
Oil on canvas, 36 3/4 x 36 3/4 in. / 93.2 x 93.2 cm

Art review: Richard Patterson, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

This survey of YBA Richard Patterson’s career so far is bold, sensuous, and feels fresh rather than old hat recycled from the Freeze/Sensation years.

US orders new visa checks for arriving students following Boston Marathon bombings

The US Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the country has a valid student visa. The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

Workers make preparations before a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University on 25 April 2013 in Dallas, Texas (AFP)

Shock and awe in Dallas as George W Bush’s library mission is accomplished

Blair and Berlusconi present at grand opening to mark the rebuilding of a reputation

Introducing the mind control mobile: Samsung says it is testing smartphone controlled by brain waves

Mobile phone giant Samsung has revealed that it is tworking on a smartphone that can be controlled by a user's brainwaves.

Aerial photos taken yesterday reveal the scale of the explosion at the fertiliser plant in West, Texas

Texas fertiliser plant blast: Once upon a time in West - the town that was blown apart

The devastating explosion at the fertiliser plant on Wednesday touched the lives of everyone in this small, tight-knit Texas town, reports Tim Walker in West

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes confirmed 12 bodies had been pulled from the area of the plant explosion in West, Texas

Texas fertiliser plant blast: Death toll confirmed at 12

Many of those killed are thought to have been volunteer firefighters

Texas town of West begins to come to terms with news that at least 11 of its citizens are dead

As the fires were finally put out in West yesterday, this small Texas town was beginning to come to terms with news that at least 11 of its citizens were dead, following a huge blast at a fertiliser plant on Wednesday evening, which also injured around 160 people.

Richard Patterson’s painting which he remade after last one was destroyed in Saatchi fire

Richard Patterson: YBA's new show is a wheel sensation

How do you survive a fire? The YBA Richard Patterson lost four paintings in the east London Momart warehouse fire that destroyed much of Charles Saatchi's art collection in 2004. Losing art works like this is devastating for any artist –Tracey Emin's tent and works by Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume were also lost. Patterson has painstakingly remade one of these paintings and it will appear in a new show at London's Timothy Taylor Gallery this month.

Austentatious

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Austentatious

Austentatious is Cariad Lloyd, Rachel Parris, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Andy Murray, Joseph Morpurgo and Graham Dickson. Together they do Jane Austen improve, somehow, in hour-long comedy plays based entirely on audience suggestions. And sometimes they do interviews...

The Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse piloted by Bertrand Piccard

Around the US in 55 days: Bertrand Piccard set to cross America in his Solar Impulse HB-SIA, the solar-powered plane that flies at night

A Swiss adventurer plans to fly his featherweight jumbo jet across America fuelled only by the energy of the Sun

Opposition leader quits as rifts deepen within
Syria's rebel coalition

Moaz al-Khatib urged to remain as head of alliance trying to form transition government

Ghassan Hitto has been elected head of Syria’s opposition transitional government

Last stop Dallas, next stop Damascus? Ghassan Hitto - the IT executive who wants to govern Syria

Just last year Ghassan Hitto was an IT executive in Dallas whose focus was probably lines of code or how to deliver a project on time. But today he was giving a speech in Istanbul in which he insisted his new priority was to utilise “all conceivable means” to topple President Bashar al-Assad and provide desperately-needed aid to the beleaguered people of Syria.

Syria fires rockets into Lebanon as coalition seeks first leader

Damascus sends warning that it will not tolerate arms and rebels crossing between two nations

David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers waits during a power outage

Super Bowl power cut embarrasses NFL

The match was delayed for over 30 minutes

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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