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Ethiopia counts the cost of East Africa's crisis

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Dwell targets the Habitat market

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Pearl, By Jane Draycott

Part of the same 14th-century manuscript as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also written in its dialect, Pearl is an intricately wrought 1200-line elegiac poem.

Withnail & I interiors up for auction

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Curating online: Hobbies for the hipsters

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Gilda (PG)

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Album: Mann, Mann's World (Mercury)

With his singles "Buzzin'" and "The Mack" built around familiar borrowings from Nu Shooz and Mark Morrison, young R&B blade Mann would appear to have his heart stuck firmly in the more recent past.

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan hacking order by judge

Actor Hugh Grant and writer Jemima Khan must be shown police information which indicates that their telephone messages might have been intercepted by a private investigator working for the press, a High Court judge ruled today.

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