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The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

Caught in the Net: Dave Sitek's new label comes out fighting

Prolific producer and TV on the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched his own label, Federal Prism.

How much more bloodshed and brutality must Syria endure before the world fulfils its moral duty?

A traumatised population has suffered long enough. Countries who have influence in Syria should be doing much more to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid

Album: Camille O'Sullivan, Changeling (Little Cat)

A standout performer at last year's Rain Dogs Revisited tribute to Tom Waits at the Barbican, Camille O'Sullivan is an ingenious interpreter of bold material on this studio debut.

London 2012: 18-strong Syrian delegation refuse to speak about Assad at Olympic Welcoming Ceremony

The first medal ceremony of the London Games took place in the athletes village this lunchtime. The discipline was saying as little as possible about a barbaric regime and the run away winner was Team Syria.

Lying low: Molly Ngaivambe was told to keep quiet

Asylum-seekers are told:'Go home and lie'

Ruling will decide if Britain is right to expect deportees to protect themselves by dissembling

Retired Mossad agent appears in London court in African diamond battle between Israeli-Russian tycoons

A retired Mossad agent appeared before a London court today in the midst of a battle between two Israeli-Russian tycoons over African diamond profits.

Protesters show placards that read ‘Exonerate the June 4’ during a rally in Hong Kong ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing

Blogger outrage sees China Party boss arrested for rape

Internet boom leaves Communist Party chiefs fearing they are losing the information war

Two killed in overnight clashes in Beirut

Two people were killed and 15 others injured in street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the Lebanese capital overnight as the spiralling conflict in neighbouring Syria spilled across the border.

Bring Up the Bodies, By Hilary Mantel

The sequel to 'Wolf Hall' is a striking account of one of English history's most shocking episodes. But it can be hard to navigate such austere prose

British troops in Afghanistan can hold captives for only 96 hours

Ban on UK troops handing over Taliban suspects

British troops have been banned from transferring suspected Taliban prisoners over to the Afghan authorities because of claims of torture by local forces, it was revealed yesterday.

Album: Marilyn Manson, Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl)

On the first listen to Born Villain, you notice references to Shakespeare, Baudelaire and the Greek myths. Say what you like about Marilyn Manson: you don't get that stuff from Slipknot.

Leading article: UK officials must come clean about rendition

Mr Belhaj's lawsuit could mean that light is finally cast on this still-murky subject

Bin Laden children born in government clinics, says widow

Osama bin Laden lived in five safe houses while on the run in Pakistan and fathered four children, two of them born in government clinics, his youngest widow told investigators.

Album: Carter Tutti Void, Transverse (Mute)

Mute continues to explore all corners of the electronica landscape, following up Vince Clarke & Martin Gore's recent album of dance-oriented techno with this more hardcore industrial offering.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker