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Robbie Williams keeps One Direction off the top spot in the albums chart

Radiohead album goes to No 1

Radiohead have scored their fifth No 1 album with In Rainbows. The band made headlines in October when they released the recording online and invited fans to pay whatever price they chose for it.

Dom Joly: Ricky Gervais may be big stateside but I'm a Bum

'Hi, am I speaking with Bum Joly?" The soft Canadian voice paused a second, waiting for me to answer.

Hundreds protest at murder of Putin's fiercest critic

Anna Politkovskaya's intelligent bespectacled face stared back from a small portrait pinned up outside her Moscow apartment block yesterday. Russia's most famous and controversial crusading investigative journalist was dead, cut down by two shots from a hitman's pistol.

Hedge funds are manipulating mergers - NYSE

Long-term shareholders in the world's biggest stock exchanges should beware of being bounced into bad mergers by short-term hedge fund investors, the chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, John Thain, has warned.

CLASSICAL: The sackbutt shall sound!

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Summer Term, week 8 at the Manchester Student House; It's the end of term and so goodbye to quarrels over girly pin-ups, dirty plates and silent sulks. By Cayte Williams

This Student Life: 'Sex? It's out of my system'

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This Student Life: Dance away the heartache (dance away the arrears)

Spring term, week 4 at the Manchester Student House; Exams are over, and the students' attention is turning to other topics. In Dave and Alistair's case, this means money.

Food & Drink: Wine - Rising to the occasion

Anthony Rose chooses wines for a first date, friends, the family, and not forgetting yourself

Opera / AIDA London Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, London

For those who still believe that the best, the only, great stagings of Verdi's Aida happen in the imagination, Monday's concert performance with the London Philharmonic will have provided spectacle enough for the most extravagant tastes. Whether or not Zubin Mehta represented a substantial saving over the cast of thousands is a moot point. That he was excellent value is not. It takes a Mehta to remind us just how much of Aida's scenic beauty and drama is written into the score - and how rarely it comes off the page.

Trial separation

Red Dwarf's Grant and Naylor are said to have split up. But a new series is in the pipeline. Maxton Walker meets a tense Doug Naylor

Obituary: Albert Collins

Albert Collins, guitarist: born Leona, Texas 1 October 1932; married; died Las Vegas 24 November 1993.

FILM / A perfect recipe for disaster: Adam Mars-Jones on Alive, based on a true story of cannibalism and heroism

For once, the logo that precedes all Paramount Pictures gives fair warning: for a little over two hours, the viewer of Alive will be looking mainly at snow-capped mountains not all that different from the stylised one in the graphic before the credits. If the experience of watching is an ordeal, then that is not exactly a complaint. Arguably, if it wasn't an ordeal it could only be an insult to those who survived, and those who died, when a plane crashed into a mountain in the Andes in 1972, and the rescue effort was called off, as it turned out, in error.
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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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