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It's either an overly bulky tablet or a fiddly laptop. Neither is ideal

The gruesome cigarette packaging that could become a design classic

The Design Museum in London includes controversial cigarette packaging in list of possible 'Designs of the Year 2013'

Fans could stay home says supporters club following second 'anti-semitic' attack on Spurs fans in Europe

Gang of up to 50 'masked Nazi thugs' attacked Tottenham fans in Lyon last night

Large explosion hits near headquarters of Syria's ruling party

A large explosion has shaken central Damascus, striking near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy.

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So iconic is its topography that this oblong Arcadian idyll surrounded by a skyscraper-domineered metropolitan sprawl could scarcely be anywhere else in the world. Yet it's doubtful that many of us have seen New York's Central Park quite like this before.

Municipal workers repair damaged cables outside a zinc factory building where about 600 square meters of its roof collapsed after a meteorite exploded over the Chelyabinsk region

Russia's meteor-hit region begins clean-up

Yesterday's blast was estimated to be as powerful as 20 Hiroshima bombs

Light fantastic: Leo Villareal’s Cylinder II, left, and David Batchelor’s Magic Show

Art review: Light Show - Sometimes it pays to look into the light

A blindingly good show touches the heart of creation and glimpses the realms of religion

Ailing Dell on track for £15bn buyout

Dell, the once-mighty PC giant that has been struggling as consumers switch to smartphones and tablets, could within days be the subject of a management buyout aimed taking it private as its founder, Michael Dell, seeks to reposition the ailing business.

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Brendan Rodgers issues warning to young Liverpool players

Fringe players failed to impress in 3-2 defeat to Oldham

The Water Discus Hotel

Is Dubai's underwater hotel the wackiest of its kind?

Boosting its reputation as Disneyland for grown-ups, Dubai may soon host the largest underwater hotel in the world, after a Polish firm unveiled plans to construct a massive disc-shaped floor 10m below the sea surface.

Microsoft earnings fall despite Windows 8 boost

Microsoft's profits dipped during the three months to the end of last year, even though it reported a solid start for its new Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft may invest $3bn in Dell private equity buyout

Microsoft was tonight thought to be mulling a possible investment of between $1bn and $3bn (£1.9bn) to help take Dell private, as speculation swirls regarding a potential $25bn leveraged buyout of the PC manufacturer.

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Howl great thou art: Douglas Gordon in his Berlin studio

In The Studio: Douglas Gordon, artist

'I've always loved fire. But it does get out of control at times...'

Now Microsoft comes under the tax spotlight

Microsoft has become the latest multinational firm to be accused of avoiding millions of pounds of corporation tax by channelling its revenues abroad.

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The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
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Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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