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Dennis Rodman allegedly implied that Mr Bae might deserve his punishment

Somali-born teen arrested in US car bomb sting

A Somali-born teenager was arrested yesterday for attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, US authorities said.

Stem cells could help blind patients to see within six weeks

Blind patients suffering from a type of eye disease that strikes in childhood will become the second group of people in the world to receive stem cells derived from spare IVF embryos left over from fertility treatment.

Caught in the Net: The Peel deal for LCD Soundsystem

On 29 June, just after playing Glastonbury, LCD Soundsystem (below) headed to a studio in south London and spent the day playing songs from across their back catalogue.

Investment Column: Pru has work to do to regain our trust

Great Portland Estates; Charles Stanley

Peter Broderick, St Giles Church, London

Peter Broderick is a precocious but not yet wholly formed talent. The 23-year-old was plucked from obscurity in Portland, Oregon to the relative spotlight of the Danish experimental rock band Efterklang. Broderick left everything behind to move to Copenhagen, with a restlessness also apparent in his own music. Piano instrumental albums bashed out in an hour were joined in 2008 by a considered LP of guitar-based songs, Home. Virtuoso, singer-songwriter, sideman or star? The acclaim for his new mini-album, How They Are, and the reverent attention from the crowd packed into this beautiful 18th-century Soho church suggest that Broderick doesn't need to decide.

Thrill seekers - The transience of earthly pleasures

The latest group show organised by All Visual Arts sees artists such as the Chapman Brothers, Polly Morgan and Paul Fryer contributing works looking at the impermanence of pleasure when viewed from the perspective of death.

A prairie-sky landscape right on our doorstep

Britain has some remarkable places. If we discovered them on the other side of the world, we'd soon be writing home. Film-maker and novelist Tom Connolly explores parts of Kent that have fuelled his creativity

Horse Feathers, The Luminaire, London

Portland quartet Horse Feathers are defined by their folk-inspired string arrangements – a complex layering of acoustic guitar, violin, banjo and cello, blended together for a contemporary take on Americana. Songwriter and front man, Justin Ringle, artfully captures a mosaic of Prairie pioneers, Dust Bowl migrants, bare-feet cabin dwellers and the spirit of Frontierism. Each song is a lyrical artifact, a doleful southern Gothic retelling of the displacement of human emotions and feelings shot through a naturalistic landscape of past existences and faded American tradition.

Man injured in 'tombstoning' accident

A man was rushed to hospital after tombstoning from a rocky outcrop on a stag weekend, coastguards said today.

Modest Mouse, Picture House, Edinburgh

Although they've maintained a small but devoted following in indie circles for more than a decade and a half, Portland-based alternative outfit Modest Mouse were first held up as a cause célèbre by the UK press in 2007, with the release of their fifth album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Never mind the fact that it reached No 1 in America – it was the induction of guest guitarist Johnny Marr into the band which saw Modest Mouse and their catalogue welcomed into the British rock canon.

The Dandy Warhols, Koko, London

Real music lovers are supposed to treat greatest hits albums with disdain, but surely few will be as welcome as The Dandy Warhols' recent retrospective.

Leading article: Sweet sculpture

Contemporary art is often characterised as intensely international. So it is perhaps remarkable how many of the proposals for a work of art to grace the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square seem to have made reference to the British national spirit.

Scott is GB's sole ray of sunshine

A single shaft of heartwarming gold broke through the cold, grey, rain-heavy clouds over Weymouth Bay as Giles Scott turned master of the multi-medalled Ben Ainslie in the final race of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta.

Caught in the Net: The trouble with Monae

Janelle Monae has received admiring glances from all sides for her boho-futurist sound, style and general outlook. "Tightrope", the opening single from her acclaimed LP The ArchAndroid, has made a strong bid for the year's best song.

Prophet of bad taste: John Callahan was a comic genius who left no taboo unbroken

Callahan's cartoons won him a cult following. He was also a remarkable, brave human being. Robert Chalmers pays tribute
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