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

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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

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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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