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St Paul's camp stays despite legal threat

The 24-hour eviction notice brought against protesters camping outside St Paul's Cathedral passed yesterday evening without a single activist leaving, as lawyers acting for the demonstrators announced they were taking the case to the High Court.

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Police arrest protesters on Occupy Wall Street march

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators marched through New York's financial district today in an attempt to block traders from reaching the New York Stock Exchange, promising a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities.

St Paul's protesters stay put

Not one person has left the protest camp outside St Paul's Cathedral since a legal eviction notice was served giving them 24 hours to quit, activists said.

A demonstrator yells at police officers as they order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park

Activists evicted from New York Occupy camp

A ring of police in riot gear stood guard around the perimeter of a dazzlingly clean and eerily empty Zuccotti Park in Manhattan last night, where 24 hours earlier there had been the beating heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement whose ideas had spread to dozens of cities around the world.

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The only thing left behind from the camp was a large American flag. The NYPD have their superstitions
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Police arrest 200 to clear Occupy Wall Street camp as eviction battle returns in London

The Occupy protesters still in situ at St Paul's yesterday

St Paul's demo faces new legal move

The City of London Corporation has relaunched legal action against the anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral.

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Police clear Occupy Wall Street protest

Hundreds of people were on the streets of Lower Manhattan after police moved in to demolish the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street protest camp, the heart of the “Occupy” movement that spread to dozens of cities around the world.

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1. Electra vase: Jonathan Adler, £150. A delectable Grecian offering from the renowned New York designer, who has just opened his first London store. 0800 014 8166, uk.jonathanadler.com
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If you like to scour interiors magazines for ideas – or just for house porn – it's worth updating your online library, too, as the design blogs keep getting better. Maybe you already know names such Decor8, Design*Sponge, Retro to Go or BrightBazaar (if not, do). But here are some more I recommend bookmarking...

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Wall Street bites back after TV chef compares bankers to Hitler

Bankers have got used to being called names over the past few years, but when the celebrity chef Mario Batali likened their impact on the world to that of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, Wall Street took not just umbrage but action.

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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