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The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirement for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location

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Flat the size of a broom cupboard – yours for £89,000

But it's perfect for a billionaire's servant (or anyone who needs central London parking)

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Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reads his speech from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in central London

Assange speaks to world from his embassy hide-out

For more than two months he has been hidden away in an embassy building in west London, shielded from public view and the clutches of the Metropolitan Police. But yesterday the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange briefly emerged to thank his supporters – and sell himself to the world as the fearless victim of US oppression rather than a man on the run from sex assault allegations.

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It may be a major diplomatic incident, but for the people living near the Ecuadorean embassy, where Julian Assange, his supporters and the world's media are encamped, the circus is just an annoyance.

A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London

Britain fights to win friends as Assange row intensifies

South Americans rally round Ecuador after UK threat to storm its London embassy

Assange supporters are at the embassy

A tiny room (but they have installed a shower...)

Jerome Taylor gets a peek inside Julian Assange's new home,  Ecuador’s London embassy

New owners of Harrods pocket a £100m dividend

The Qatari owners of Harrods, the world-famous London department store, have paid themselves a whopping £100m dividend in their first full year of ownership after the retailer posted record annual profits.

A £100m payday for owners of Harrods

Qatari royals pick up huge divi for first full year as retailer's profits hit new high

Father Christmas arrives early as Harrods opens Christmas department

Father Christmas arrived a full 151 days early today as Harrods opened its festive department to cater for summer visitors from abroad.

Play Without Words, Sadler's Wells, London

Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words tells a story in body language. His swinging sixties characters play out sexual power games in the tilt of a head, the shift of stance. When a dancer moves her weight to the other hip, it’s blatantly provocative; pulling a dressing gown tighter is a form of surrender.

Assange's fate in Ecuador's hands as he defies police request to surrender

Julian Assange has vowed to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy and has refused a request by the Metropolitan Police to give himself up.

London's Kensington tops property rich list

Kensington in west London has come top of a property rich list, where an iPad-sized floor space costs more than £550, a study found today.

Joan Smith: Why do we buy Julian Assange's one-man psychodrama?

The Ecuador government will be a laughing stock if it takes the Assange death penalty sub-plot seriously

Britain now home to a quarter of a million property millionaires

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