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A protester is dragged away

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

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

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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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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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Sir Bob Geldof, to many the father of the modern fund-raising record, once said that the first law of any such project was "to create good art". But if the cause is worthy enough, do we really care about the strength of the "art" before deciding whether to part with our hard-earnt cash?

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