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If you hear someone with a North American twang warning that the British economy is even more doomed than we thought, here's how to get your own back: ask him which part of the United States he is from.

The front entrance to Liberace's former home in Las Vegas

Behind the Michaelangelo copies and bling… Liberace party house for sale at £345,000

It was once the ultimate bling-filled party house, but, despite its gilded history, Liberace’s sprawling Las Vegas mansion is now on the market for a mere $529,900 (£345,000).

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

Police clash with protesters in Edinburgh on 4 July 2005 ahead of the Gleneagles summit

What did the year of Live 8 change?

The optimistic zeal for reform before the UK’s last G8 was so strong that even Pink Floyd were prepared to be conciliatory. Sarah Morrison assesses  the actual results

Gay-rights activists kiss during a protest against the anti-gay bill in Moscow

Russia’s Duma waves through anti-gay law – by 436 votes to 0

Gay activists attacked and arrested for protesting against bill that will ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ aimed at young people

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A £52m refit for BBC's Bush House

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Inside the Aids virus: Research finds chink in the armour that protects HIV in breakthrough that could lead to a new class of drugs

Discovery could help form new pills to strike at the infection just as it starts to attack

The Cannes Festival Diary: Sex scenes getting real

Lars Von Trier’s upcoming porno Nymphomania may not have been ready for Cannes, but “real sex” has surfaced in two of the best-received films at the festival.

Michael Douglas plays the pianist Liberace opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's film Behind the Candelabra

Cannes Film Festival 2013 review: Behind The Candelabra - Michael Douglas brilliantly captures Liberace's showmanship

Had Hollywood been brave enough to back this made-for-TV biopic, Steven Soderbergh would be attracting serious Oscars buzz

Nobel endeavour: Barré-Sinoussi’s work on HIV led to her jointly winning the prize for medicine in 2008

A cure for HIV is now a a realistic possibility

Thirty years after the virus was identified, the French scientist behind its discovery is looking to the future. Steve Connor meets Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Anthony Hilton: Cutting back too quickly on the cleaners makes a real mess of everything

The population of Iceland is one of the most content in the world

Web searches for symptoms of HIV, MRSA and flu strains will be monitored to spot outbreaks of infections

Web searches for symptoms of HIV, MRSA and flu strains will be monitored to spot outbreaks of infections

British scientists plan to harness the power of the internet to catch outbreaks of killer infections before they spread.

Man who spent years copying out the Bible nears revelation

A New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible is finally penning the last lines.

A HIV-positive inmate who was having unprotected sex with another prisoner was refused condoms by jail staff in a potentially harmful breach of guidelines

Sex in prisons: Campaigners warn of culture of denial over sexual relationships between inmates as new commission publishes report

The first Commission into Sex in Prisons has drawn attention to a rarely reported issue

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike sells at auction for £10,600

The auction's proceeds will go to a charity helping Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS

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