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A protester at the Occupy London camp site at the foot of St Paul's Cathedral has been cleared of raping a woman in one of the tents.

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i writers battle London's Olympic restrictions – and each other – to cross the capital

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The UK's biggest independent cinema chain, Apollo, is thought to be close to a sale to larger, private equity-owned rival Vue.

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Nominated for nine major theatre awards Ghost the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

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An L S Lowry painting of an industrial landscape is set to fetch up to £1.8m when it is auctioned at Christie's in London next week. The 1944 artwork is one of 14 Lowrys belonging to the late multimillionaire caterer and hotelier, Lord Forte, who amassed his collection during almost three decades.

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London Original Print Fair 2011 - in pictures

Etchings by Canaletto, engravings by Hogarth and prints by David Hockney can all be procured at the London Original Print Fair 2011 which opens its doors today.

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Up to 500,000 people marched in London yesterday against the Government's cuts. Should we allow the violence of a tiny minority to detract from Britain's biggest demonstration in eight years?

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