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Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar has been given permission to wear his turban instead of traditional regimental headgear

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Palace under pressure not to break more than 100 years of tradition.

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Promising career sunk by greed: rise and fall of Margaret Moran

Former MP who fiddled £53,000 in expenses judged unfit to stand trial

A Royal Flying Corps pilot adjusts his camera. Below: an aerial photo of German and British trenches

New European archive collects untold stories of the First World War

Thousands of moving war stories are being unearthed in a drive to gather a vast collection of First World War memorabilia from across Europe.

The Polish Boxer, By Eduardo Halfon, trans. Ollie Brock et al

For all its ruses, this novel-memoir holds compelling secrets

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Don't rule out a nice slice of super-safe Switzerland

Buy a home there and enjoy a 1 per cent mortgage, the world's best quality of life, and an ultra-safe economy

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Travel tech: Make your phone work magic when you're abroad

Your smartphone remains a crucial travel companion: currency converters with the latest rates, Skype to make calls home, ebook readers to keep you amused. But travel apps offer much more. There are lots of them – 49,000 on the iPhone alone. Here are a few you shouldn't be without.

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After 42 years, missing Lichtenstein painting is returned

NEW YORK — A $4 million Roy Lichtenstein painting that disappeared 42 years ago when it was sent out for cleaning was returned Tuesday to its owner in Manhattan.

Web deliveries rise as mail sent by consumers falls

The amount of mail sent by consumers has more than halved in the past six years, but internet shopping has fuelled an increase in the number of packets and parcels being delivered, according to a new study.

Postman jailed after hiding 75,000 letters in garden shed

Undelivered items were found after Royal Mail sent tracking device with shopping voucher

Lucas's Au Naturel : crude joke or an exercise in colour, shape and texture?

Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
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Don't laugh: Sarah Lucas's erotic work may bring naughty postcards to mind, but in reality she's as classical an artist as Cézanne or Michelangelo

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

Bradley Wiggins is proudly the champion of the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins: A British cyclist winning the Tour de France? How is this possible?

Simon O’Hagan pays tribute to the Kilburn boy whose historic, once unimaginable, exploits on the roads of France have had an extraordinary effect in his homeland

Book of a Lifetime: Collected Poems, by Derek Walcott

In 1976, when I was 14, my family migrated to Britain from the Caribbean. We had landed in a cauldron of bitter rhetoric about race and immigration. Unemployment was rising, and a vociferous minority demanded that "coloured" migrants be sent home.

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