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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Don't touch the exhibits! American tourist accidentally snaps finger off priceless 600-year-old statue in Florence

The unnamed man was reportedly trying to measure the 14th century sculpture's finger

The 10 Best days out in the city

Find your inner Tarzan, get up close to the beasts of the jungle or explore some of the nation's leading museums and attractions

Painful pillows? Not that old chestnut!

I'm in the Ardèche for a holiday with family and assorted friends. I haven't worn shoes for 10 days and am growing a beard that is turning out to be unnervingly grey. All is good … well almost all.

Kazakh President welcomed David Cameron to Astana earlier this month

Kazakh dictator renews friendship with David Cameron

The authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan visited David Cameron in Downing Street while he was on a private trip to London with his family this week, it has emerged.

£172m worth of ashes? Fears that stolen art works could have been 'burned in stove'

Traces of canvas, paint and nails found in oven of suspect in multi-million pound art heist

Museum in China shut over fake artefacts

A museum in northern China has been closed down by local authorities after many of its artefacts were revealed to be fakes.

Extra: More events from Hidden Treasures 2013

The list below provides more information about a selection of the Hidden Treasures events from across the country.

Caption: The image shows the digital data recorded into 5-D optical data storage.
Credit: University of Southampton

The Superman of hard drives: New 5-dimensional computer 'memory crystal' will survive the human race, say scientists

Information is encoded with lasers, has a thermal stability of up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited shelf life

Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province

Devastating floods in China trigger huge landslide, burying 40

Rescue workers have been called to the scene in a bid to find survivors

Railway enthusiasts take pictures of the Mallard at the 'Great Gathering' of the six remaining A4 class locomotives, Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern, Mallard and Dominion of Canada. The trains have been brought together to mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard's world record breaking run

The Great Reunion: 'once-in-a-lifetime celebration' marks Mallard steam speed record anniversary

75 years on, National Railway Museum gathers five surviving sister locomotives

Alternative therapy? Go on – treat yourself: The Spirit of Utopia at the Whitechapel Gallery

Art is set to collide with new-age therapies when the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes brings Sanatorium to the Whitechapel Gallery next week. His installation, ranging across five “treatment rooms”, will function as a clinic that offers a series of “self-discovery” sessions. Visitors temporarily become “patients” when they sign up for an activity, which will be administered by 30 quasi-instructors trained by Reyes.

Why Britain definitely needs a liquorice museum

Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies

David Bowie in his Yamamoto bodysuit for the 'Aladdin Sane' tour

Life on cinemas? David Bowie exhibition at the V&A to arrive at a silver screen near you

Music veteran David Bowie is to be seen in venues across the UK - with a live screening from the hit exhibition at the V&A Museum which celebrates the chart star's career.

The video clearly shows the statue rotating

Manchester Museum bosses puzzled by ancient Egyptian statue which mysteriously turns itself

VIDEO: The statue, of a man called Neb-Sanu, turns during the day

Old Master class: Vermeer's 'Milkmaid'

Simon Calder: A new encounter with Old Masters

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker