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Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Never mind the hunt for Richard III, what about Boudicca?

The search is on for warrior queen’s bones, once thought to lie beneath a McDonald’s

President Thein Sein has declared a state of emergency in Meiktila

State of emergency in Burmese city as 20 die in sectarian violence

Burma declared a state of emergency in the central city of Meiktila today after sectarian violence left at least 20 dead, reinforcing fears that the newly democratic country is struggling to contain simmering hatred between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

The potential saint-in-the-making, Carlos de Dios Murias, a left-leaning priest, was taken away by the military in the Argentine province of La Rioja in 1976

Young Franciscan monk killed by the military during Argentina's Dirty War could become first beatified person under Pope Francis' reign

A young Franciscan monk, who was kidnapped and killed by the military during Argentina’s dirty war of the late 1970s, could be the first person beatified under the reign of Pope Francis, it emerged today.

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi explains to villagers why she supports a copper mine project in Sarlingyi township while (right) they protest against it

Aung San Suu Kyi urges support for controversial Chinese-backed copper mine

'If we stop this project, it will not benefit local people or the country'

West Bromwich Albion 2 Swansea City 1 match report: Albion lucky as Swans crash to earth

Life has been just perfect for Swansea City of late. After winning their first trophy a fortnight ago, they reached the 40-point mark in the Premier League last week and on Friday saw their much-coveted manager, Michael Laudrup, sign a contract extension until 2015. If that all seemed too good to be true, they were brought down to earth yesterday on an afternoon when it seemed that perhaps Lady Luck had decided enough was enough.

Matt Redman accepts his Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Godly rockers get their own holy hit parade

They say the Devil gets all the best tunes, but God, it seems, is getting his own Top 10.

Brother Benedict: Publisher who became a Cistercian Trappist monk

'My life here?' he wrote about Holy Cross Abbey, 'Silence intensifies, feelings deepen'

Tony Sheridan: Singer and guitarist who was a catalyst in the early career of The Beatles

Tony Sheridan: Singer and guitarist who was a catalyst in the early career of The Beatles

When he went to Hamburg he found that the wild and crazy lifestyle suited him perfectly

The Mater Ecclesiae and its extensive ground will be the new home for Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI: the monastic life awaits – with plenty of time for his cats

Pope had his eye on a retirement home within Vatican City for some time

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.

Frank Keating has died at the age of 75

Frank Keating: Doyen of sportswriters whose work was suffused with wit and and joy

Frank Keating, who has died at the age of 75, was a giant of sports journalism, although as a columnist and feature writer whose work habitually brought out the humanity and humour in a subject, he would have chortled self-mockingly at such a grandiose epitaph.

Dalai Lama rumoured to be attending England's final ODI in India

Given his patience and mastery of inner peace, the Dalai Lama has some of the attributes required to be an excellent test cricketer. 

Wadham College, Oxford, where the skeleton was found

Call for Morse: Skeleton found in Oxford college

It is the sort of discovery that would have had Inspector Morse grumpily downing his pint and climbing into the red Jaguar.

Hackfall, a canopy over the turbulent Ure

Tales from the trees: Secrets of wild Yorkshire wait to be discovered

It's easy to imagine woods in winter as desolate places, but within seconds of entering Hackfall in North Yorkshire, movement and colour surround me. With no greenery to block it, light blooms and burns. Down the length of this wooded gorge, glowing trees fringe the turbulent River Ure. Trunks washed by a low sun seem smelted from bronze; their branches reach into a sky the hue of glacial ice.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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