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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

Street life: a labourer with infant and shovel in New Delhi

A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi, By Aman Sethi

A searingly honest account of India's underclass of urban labourers and how they survive

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Cold comfort for men

God rest ye merry gentlemen and don't let the winter weather cause you any dismay. All you need is a decent coat and a bit of layering.

Confetti in Thanksgiving Parade contained shredded police files

Confetti in Thanksgiving Parade contained shredded police files

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade has become the focus of an investigation after it emerged the blizzard of confetti that accompanied the annual festival down Manhattan's streets last week featured shredded police records – including sensitive social security data and details about Mitt Romney's motorcade during the presidential campaign.

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Pump up the volume

This season big is beautiful, with labels from high-end Balenciaga to high-street Zara putting the emphasis on oversized fashion. Gemma Hayward reports

Poppy campaign has no right to demand conformity

The implication that we are universally obliged to wear a poppy crosses the line

I Remember You, by Yrsa Sigurđardóttir, translated by Philip Roughton

It's not often that the newspaper coverage of books leaps off review sections (such as the one you're reading now) to the body of the paper, but the phenomenon certainly happened – with a vengeance – for Yrsa Sigurđardóttir’s new novel in her native Iceland.

Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, yesterday before heading to Las Vegas

Obama rushes back to campaign trail to win over the waverers in Wisconsin

'Insurance' stop in state that was safe four years ago – but now looks tight

Six coffins, one family – Harlow mourns its dead

More than 400 people mourned the deaths in last week's house fire of Sabah Usmani and her five children as their funeral took place at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex yesterday.

They’ve cracked the case: Policeman amassed collection of 649 rare bird eggs that he stole from nests

A police constable amassed a large collection of rare bird eggs that he stole from nests - often while on duty for Suffolk Police.

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The 10 Best hi-vis gear

Whether you’re walking the dog or on your bike, make sure you’re seen and safe as the evenings draw in

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<p>Designed for biking in the harshest of conditions, this coat has remarkable water resistance. It's also windproof, reflective and very durable. There are separate versions for men and women and there's a choice of different colours.</p>
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1. Montane – Shell Velocity

Designed for biking in the harshest of conditions, this coat has remarkable water resistance. It's also windproof, reflective and very durable. There are separate versions for men and women and there's a choice of different colours.

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The 10 best waterproof jackets

Whether fell-running, mountaineering or just wandering down the high street in the rain, keep dry in one of these coats

Mark Duggan 'involved in drugs deal' before he was shot

Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked last summer's riots, was trying to set up a drugs deal in the weeks before he was killed, a court heard yesterday.

Walk of the month: A light heart in the Valley of Weeping

Glen Coe's turbulent history hovers over its ancient paths, woods and waterfalls. Mark Rowe falls under its spell

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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