Album: Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper, (Matador)

Solo projects fall into two broad camps. The most common is the openly flagged spin-off under the artist's real or stage name, or a close variant thereof (Frank Black, Nickel Eye). Less frequently, an artist might attempt to go completely incognito (remember Garth Brooks' "Chris Gaines" character, anyone?) until the truth eventually leaks.

Album: Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper (Matador)

Julian Plenti may well be Skyscraper – whatever that means – but he'll be better known to you as Paul Banks, British-born frontman of Joy Division wannabes Interpol, whose recycling of new-wave cliches hoisted their album Our Love To Admire to a top-3 chart position a couple of years back.

World's 100 most wanted criminals to be named – and some are living in Britain

More than 100 of the world's most wanted fugitives and suspected criminals will be named tomorrow in the first international public appeal for fugitives. The list, which excludes terrorists, includes murderers, rapists and paedophiles.

Just three noughts: police chase bank mistake millionaires

Police are looking for a New Zealand couple who disappeared after a bank mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand dollars (£3.86 million) into their account.

Thai police nab Briton over '$150m fraud'

A British man wanted by Interpol for allegedly embezzling around $150 million from his employer in Dubai has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said today.

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He has the most wonderful, lived-in, voice I've ever heard. There's so much theatrical drama to it but he still sounds really sincere.

'Pink Panther' suspect held in Cyprus

Police in Cyprus have arrested a man from Montenegro believed to belong to a gang of jewel thieves dubbed the Pink Panthers, who are suspected of carrying out a $150m series of robberies over the past 10 years in Europe, Asia and the Gulf states, Interpol said yesterday.

Panel set to tackle betting corruption

The sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, will this morning begin to assemble an "anti-corruption" panel of experts from British sports governing bodies, the gambling industry, the police, the legal profession and the Gambling Commission to work on a strategy to combat betting-related corruption.

Russia puts tycoon on Interpol wanted list

Russia requested today that Interpol place on its international wanted list a flamboyant Russian entrepreneur, who is accused of kidnapping and extortion and has reportedly fled to Britain.

'Perfect crime' dream of beach body killers

Jolanta Bledaite's killers must have thought they had committed "the perfect murder", according to the detective who led the murder inquiry.

NME awards tour 2009, Academy, Glasgow

The morbid, the merrier

Franz Ferdinand, Picture House, Edinburgh<br>Little Joy, Audio, Brighton

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Games Review: Interpol: the Trail of Dr Chaos

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Interpol: 'India should share Mumbai evidence'

India has given no information about last month's attacks in Mumbai to Interpol and information passed to media by Indian investigators should be shared if it is accurate, the police agency's chief said today.

Uefa set to confirm Euro expansion

Uefa are set to rubber-stamp an expansion of the European Championship finals from 16 to 24 teams this week - a move that will limit the number of countries able to host the tournament.

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