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The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.

Confiscated drugs and alcohol set alight by Afghan security forces

Afghan troop cuts revealed as cost of war reaches £17bn

Chancellor pushes for early exit in bid to reduce military bill

Egyptians vote on divisive Islamist-backed constitution

With their nation's future at stake, Egyptians lined up today to vote on a draft constitution after weeks of turmoil that have left them deeply divided between Islamist supporters of the charter and those who fear it will usher in religious rule.

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

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A protester crosses a barbed wire fence near the presidential palace in Cairo yesterday

Signs of retreat by Morsi after thousands protest against vote

Both sides have been accused of using firearms during protests that left six dead

Vogue U.S chief editor Anna Wintour arrives at Louis Vuitton's ready to wear Spring/Summer 2013 show in Paris

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Our writer offers advice to the Vogue editor-in-chief on the life that would await her should she be made a diplomat

James Lawton: Granted, talk of Avram's return is laughable but joke is on club

Just when the affairs of Chelsea Football Club appear to have moved beyond parody, reports emerge that Avram Grant may reappear as a cool and steadying influence. The notion has been briskly denied but then who can really say what next is about to fly over the cuckoo's nest?

German forces in Afghanistan already use the Boxer

Storm over German plan to supply Saudi Arabia with armoured vehicles

Royal Guard patrol cars could be used to crush 'popular dissent' in the Gulf Kingdom

Workers missing after under-construction dam partially collapses in Cambodia

Four workers are missing and presumed drowned after an under-construction dam partially collapsed in western Cambodia, officials said.

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French appeals court overturns manslaughter case against Continental Airlines over Concorde crash that killed 113

A French appeals court has overturned a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.

A female US soldier eats breakfast while on tour in Afghanistan

Female service members sue over US combat exclusion policy

Four female service members filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn the Pentagon's exclusion of women from many combat roles, arguing that the restrictions are unconstitutional and have hindered their careers.

Jonny Sexton's virtuoso display keeps Irish in top eight

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Falling Sideways, By Thomas E Kennedy

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Syrian rebels 'seize airport near Iraqi border'

Rebels have captured an airport used by Syria's military near the Iraqi border, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.

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