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When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

Olympic rings adorn Tower Bridge

Giant Olympic rings became the crowning glory on Tower Bridge today to mark the countdown to the London 2012 Games.

Knowingly underpaid? John Lewis hit by cleaners' protest

Workers at co-operative told they will lose their jobs or have their hours cut by half

Andrew Mitchell: Moved to tears

Summit to pledge £1.5bn

Last summer Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, was reduced to tears as he watched the joy of Claudine, a Rwandan mother of five, when she was told she was not going to have another child.

Loser wins: Dwain Chambers (left) beat Adam Gemili yesterday but second place still earned the teenager his Olympic berth

Chambers says sorry for F-word TV outburst

Controversial veteran beats rising star of British sprinting but fails to make Olympic qualifying standard

War of the Red Roses as Flintoff hits Athers with verbal bouncer

You would have thought that as two Lancashire legends they could be the best of buddies, but there is clearly no love lost between Andrew Flintoff and Michael Atherton.

Downing Street: No imminent plans to disclose David Cameron's tax details

David Cameron and senior ministers are not planning to disclose their tax returns in the “very near future”, Downing Street indicated today.

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Tonia Couch has been granted leave to appeal her omission by Team GB for the 10m platform diving at the London Games.

Malek Mohammed prepares for a training swim in Kabul

Poverty or bad luck no barriers to hope for young Afghan swimmer

Malek Mohammed was gathering firewood when he stepped on a buried remnant of Afghanistan's turbulent past. The landmine severed his right leg and flung him into the air.

Fire crews battle south-east London factory blaze

Around 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a factory today.

Rents grind down Starbucks

Starbucks UK has blamed high rents and a hefty royalty payment to its US parent for its fifth consecutive year of losses.

Zara to open record fifth Oxford St store

The fashion chain Zara plans to open a record fifth store on London's Oxford Street, reinforcing the buoyant demand for prime retail property in the capital.

Leading article: A poor example set by London

Alongside the council elections on Thursday, some 10 British cities will be voting on whether they want an elected mayor. It is to be hoped that they all vote "yes". At their best, mayors are not only a dynamic addition to local democracy, they are powerful figureheads for their city's identity and can help to reinvigorate slumping public interest in politics.

ROADKILL: Up to 100,000 foxes are killed by British drivers annually

Tally ho! Everything you need to know about urban foxes

As the biggest national survey begins on Channel 4 tomorrow, Sarah Morrison separates reality from myth

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (29/04/12)

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A People's History of London, By John Rees & Lindsey German

What do we want? A touch more passion

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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