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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”.

Extra tickets for London 2012 after seats error

Thousands of people have been offered tickets to alternative events at the London Olympics after organisers admitted an error led to 10,000 too many tickets being sold for synchronised swimming sessions.

Mo Farah on his way to World Championship glory last year

Plotting a route to London 2012

The countdown to the Olympic Games has begun in earnest. Robin Scott-Elliot charts what lies between Team GB's athletes and a place on the podium six months from now

British artist David Hockney

Hockney attacks Hirst for 'insulting' use of assistants

A row is threatening to break out between two of Britain's most celebrated artists after David Hockney criticised Damien Hirst for the "insulting" use of assistants to create his works.

David Hockney

David Hockney vs Damien Hirst: the Queen's chosen one puts king of the YBAs on the spot

A day after his New Year honour, Yorkshire's finest attacks artist for failing to make his own work

Life is 'meaningless' for murdered teen's family

The family of a teenager stabbed to death on Boxing Day spoke of their heartbreak yesterday at the loss of "a very special" brother and son, as police investigating the murder made more arrests.

Seydou Diarrassouba, who was stabbed to death on Oxford Street

Homes raided after Oxford St murder

Police carried out a number of raids on the homes of suspected gang members today in response to "rising tensions" in the wake of the murder of a teenager on the UK's busiest shopping street.

Seydou Diarrassouba, who was stabbed to death on Oxford Street

Homes raided after Oxford St murder

Police carried out a number of raids on the homes of suspected gang members today in response to "rising tensions" in the wake of the murder of a teenager on the UK's busiest shopping street.

Foot Locker in Oxford Street was still cordoned off by police yesterday

Single stab to the heart killed teen in Oxford Street fight

Police appeal for witnesses and mobile phone footage as 11 are questioned over death of 18-year-old outside sports shop

Police cordoned off the crime scene on Oxford Street in London after a man was stabbed to death on Boxing Day

Teenager killed by 'single stab wound to the heart'

A teenager killed in front of horrified shoppers at the Boxing Day sales died from a "single stab wound to the heart", police said today.

Police cordoned off the crime scene on Oxford Street in London after a man was stabbed to death on Boxing Day

Teenager dies after Oxford Street stabbing

An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death and another man was knifed in the leg just hours later on London's Oxford Street, which was packed with thousands of shoppers out for the opening day of the Boxing Day sales.

Man stabbed to death in Oxford Street

A teenager has been stabbed to death in broad daylight in a shop as thousands of bargain hunters thronged one of Britain's busiest shopping streets.

Court delays judgment on evicting Occupy protesters

The High Court has reserved its decision on the City of London Corporation's attempt to evict anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul's Cathedral.

The Ladykillers, Gielgud, London

Critical mass: The Independent's cultural picks of the year

We've seen 12 months of famous returns, fabulous new works, and once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions. Relive the best here...

Boris Berezovsky arrives at the High Court yesterday

'Angry, embittered and a liar': Abramovich's stinging rebuke for rival

The Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, has unleashed his most withering personal attack yet on his former business associate Boris Berezovsky, almost three months into the £3.5bn trial between the two men.

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