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On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations

The mysteries of Richard III are far from solved, says literary expert

Today's confirmation that remains found beneath a car park in Leicester are those of the last Plantagenet king of England will not strip the mystery from one of William Shakespeare's greatest plays, a literary expert has predicted.

Five injured after Romanian airliner 'bounces off runway' in Italy

A Romanian airliner "bounced" off the runway while landing at Rome's main airport during heavy winds, injuring a flight attendant and four passengers.

The birthplace of Adolf Hitler in Braunau, Austria

Adolf Hitler's birthplace could be used to help integrate immigrants

Charity hopes to provide language and integration courses

Cesc Fabregas struck for Barça at the Bernabeu last night
<p>Gritti Palace San Marco</p>
<p>Roll out the red carpet: this grande dame returns on Friday, following a 15-month facelift. Built for the Doge of Venice in 1525, it acted as the Gritti family's official residence for years, before becoming a hotel in the 19th century. It's been a Starwood property since 1994, and its latest transformation features rococo sofas, Murano chandeliers and rich Rubelli textiles restored, with designer Donghia furniture and antique Girandole mirrors added to the lavish mix. Notable guests lend their names to the 21 suites – Hemingway and Guggenheim among them – while the Club del Doge restaurant flaunts tables beside the Grand Canal.</p>
<p>Gritti Palace, Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco (00 39 041 296 1222; thegrittipalace.com). Doubles start at €485, with breakfast.</p>

The Big Six: Venetian palace hotels

Notable guests, romantic retreats and ultra-chic hideaways

Not just Mona Lisa's smile? Da Vinci's La Bella Principessa also has 'uncatchable' expression

It is the most-visited, the most written about and the most parodied work of art in the world but the ‘uncatchable smile’ that makes Leonard da Vinci’s Mona Lisa so special is not unique according to experts.

The naked truth: Nadav Kander, Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man, Flowers Gallery, London

Nadav Kander was inspired by ideas of Elizabethan purity to create these stunning photographic portraits of six nude females and one male. 

Infrared By Nancy Huston

An ambitious novel of passions and ideas gets under the skin of its rootless heroine

Sacked banker wins bonus case

Société Générale has lost a lawsuit brought by an investment banker whom it fired from its London office, which could cost it as much as €20m (£16m).

The Fall of the Stone City, By Ismail Kadare, trans. John Hodgson

A mysterious and masterful novel that captures a pivotal moment in Albania's history

Josephsohn, Hauser & Wirth, London

"When I was offended in the Nazi era, I couldn’t respond," the late sculptor Hans Josephsohn explained in 2001. "Whenever a Hitler Youth leader insulted me, I wasn’t able to hit him."

Bartoli,Fasolis, kammerorchesterbasel, Barbican, ***/ Gerhaher, Huber, Wigmore Hall, *****

Cecilia Bartoli always has a project, and her current one is to resurrect the work of Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) who combined the roles of spy, singer, bishop, and opera composer.

Make a splash: fountains outside Kosice’s cathedral

Every street tells a story in Kosice

This intriguing city with Slovakian and Hungarian heritage is next year’s European Capital of Culture

What's the secret of shapely legs?

The secret of shapely legs revealed

Curves and length signal both frailty and strength, finds Roger Dobson

Henry VIII's court recreated at Buckingham Palace art exhibition

The politics and personalities that dominated King Henry VIII's court are recreated in a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

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