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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

How to get the look: New-season bombers

OK, so I've thought about this a lot and I might just about be ready to start thinking about the new season. Maybe.

Dave Lee Travis trial: Former Radio One DJ was an 'opportunistic sex offender', court hears

The 68-year-old is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2003

Police are searching for Wiktoria Popiel (left) and Vitalija Sidlauskaite (right) who were reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop in north London

Two 12-year-old girls missing from north London found 'safe and well'

Girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop have been found, Scotland Yard said today, police had earlier been 'extremely concerned for their welfare'

Robert Vick before he decided to brave the cold

US cold drives escaped convict Robert Vick back to his cell

The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

Chinese student armed with two meat cleavers roamed through Huddersfield University halls after Christmas Day mugging

A Chinese student in Huddersfield has told a court that he armed himself with two meat cleavers and patrolled his halls of residence on Christmas Day because he was “scared to death” after being mugged earlier in the day.

Rhys Ifans plays Danny in 'Protest Song' by Tim Price at the National's Shed theatre

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

General Atlantic buys MeteoGroup

Alexander Fury: A bargain is in the pocket of the beholder

Wear, what, why, when?

Style File: Fashion revs up - Biker jackets

Dressing for the pitstop can be full of pitfalls (and pratfalls) but Lee Holmes pinpoints the key moto-inspired menswear pieces to put you in style pole position

Boots £195; Reversible T-shirt £140; Reversible Pants £340

Style File: Utility factor - Industrial Design

Industrial designer Tom Dixon has put the funk into multi-functional with a capsule collection for  Adidas, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Eider Manhattan
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Eider’s new Cross-Over range of skiwear is designed for people who want to pack light, technical clothing that can be kept on for après ski. The Manhattan jacket is understatedly stylish but still has all the features you need on the slopes including underarm vents, waterproof membrane and lightweight insulation. And a removable hood and snow skirt for maximum versatility.

Ski gear: All wrapped up for the deep midwinter

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Powder room: skiers assail the pristine slopes of Whistler

Make your own tracks at dawn

Alf Alderson advises you to rise with the lark if you want to enjoy the best skiing

The 10 Best walking jackets

Whether you're marching up mountains or taking the mutt for a mosey in the park, these jackets will keep you dry and toasty

'It's your own fault': Tiger bites off Oklahoma zookeeper's arm

The owner of the controversial Oklahoma Zoo where the attack took place says the employee 'violated protocol' by sticking her hand inside the cage.

The 10 Best autumn running kit

A brisk jog through the newly crisp air is a great way to get over the end of summer, and here’s the gear you’ll need

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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine