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Classical Review: Fidelio, Coliseum, London

Fussy direction from Calixto Bieito, but magnificent singing from the cast

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'We have defeated our enemies': President Uhuru Kenyatta declares Kenya shopping mall attack is over but death toll continues to rise

Uhuru Kenyatta declares three days of national mourning after 61 civilians killed and 240 injured in terror

Market Report: Healthy result as Ixico takes over Phytopharm

The drug company that gave up on a failed new treatment for Parkinson’s, having raised millions from the likes of the Michael J Fox Foundation, has received a clean bill of health after a reverse take- over yesterday.

The shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will address the conference

Labour Conference: Party stands firm on Syria but claims it won’t neglect ‘global responsibilities’

A Labour government would be ready to send British troops into conflict zones even though Ed Miliband blocked David Cameron’s attempt to intervene in Syria, the party conference will be told on Monday.

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Baghdad bombing: At least 65 killed in attack on Shi'ite stronghold

Attack targeted funeral mourners

Firm friends: Mollifying words from Presidents Hassan Rouhani, and Vladimir Putin have not changed matters in Syria

While Iran and the US talk of peace, the real war keeps going

World View: Ethnic cleansing continues as President Rouhani prepares to address the UN on Tuesday

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Hassan Rouhani: A message to the West from the man who wants to bring Iran in from the cold

The new President of Iran explains why his overtures to the West deserve a fair hearing

Beanie Babies founder Ty Warner fined $53m for tax evasion

The billionaire founder of the 1990s toy craze Beanie Babies has admitted tax evasion after hiding more than £3 million of income in a secret Swiss bank account.

The News Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

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Syria crisis: Rebels turn on each other in border city of Azaz

Syrian rebels have turned their guns on each other in the border city of Azaz, where fault lines between moderate Western-backed rebels and extremist groups descended into open conflict yesterday.

Private Jason Smith: a new inquest into the death of the Territorial Army soldier who died of heatstroke in Iraq more than 10 years ago began today

Officer close to tears as he tells soldier Jason Smith's inquest of extreme heat

'It was extremely hot, we were extremely busy, too busy, and we didn't have enough resources' says Lt Colonel Stuart Cattermull

Music review: Roger Waters' The Wall tour - The crowd weeps during 'Comfortably Numb'

Wembley Stadium at night suits The Wall. It feels oppressive and chaotic up in the stands of this aircraft hanger of a venue, and Roger Waters’ most literally monumental achievement has more self-loathing, rage and disgust in its bones than any other rock show that’s filled stadiums worldwide with people wanting to hear it.

The Week Ahead: Petra still showing diamond potential

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Making money from finding shiny diamonds in the ground is as hard as the shiny gems as the miners try to find. Costs have to be tightly controlled for a miner to make a good profit. But analysts think Petra Diamonds has managed just that. So although earnings might be a little behind the same time last year when it reports its full year results today, Rob Broke, analyst at Westhouse, maintains his Add recommendation. He thinks the company’s “respectable cost control” has made it still an attractive stock. Numis expects its results to be in line with expectations and thinks the “diamond market remains firm.”

The News Matrix: Monday 16 September 2013

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Three car bombs have killed at least nine people in Iraq.

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