Life and Style The Dolce and Gabbana medieval-themed show

A chain-mail coif can work for the 21st century, as a cable-knit hoodie

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

Bottom of the class: UK literacy and numeracy standards slip down international rankings

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

Shanghai smog: Air pollution covers city

Air pollution hits severe levels as residents told to avoid outdoor activities

'I ate some corn. It rained and I drank some rain, but not much': Chinese woman found alive after 16 days in well

A woman stranded for 16 days in an abandoned well in central China said today that she shouted for help every day and began to lose hope, but that she managed to survive on raw corn and rainwater.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Skyscrapers are the architectural equivalent of penis extensions

The original breed of classic towers has become an endangered species

Ammonia leak kills 15 in Shanghai

A leak of liquid ammonia at a refrigeration unit of a plant in Shanghai has left 15 people dead according to state media.

Postcard from... Shanghai

Halsall finished fourth in the 50 metres butterfly final

Swimming: Fran Halsall feels the pain again in Spain

Britain's medal drought continues as the sprinter finishes fourth at the World Championships

China issues nationwide warning as Shanghai suffers hottest July for 140 years

More than 10 people have died from heatstroke as temperatures soar to nearly 41C

An investor smokes in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai

Tough talk over China economy causes waves in global markets

Shares in China plunged 5 per cent amid warnings from the government there that it would not "wet nurse" the economy back to health - sending global stock markets headed into further turbulence.

Ted Baker is beating the forecasts

Fashion followers around the world helped Ted Baker smash forecasts with retail sales growth of 30.7 per cent. The fashion chain's UK, overseas and website businesses the City expected for the 20 weeks to 15 June and the shares soared more than 15 per cent to 1,700p.

Prime Minister David Cameron looks over the River Thames estuary from the top of a 138m high quay crane at the new London Gateway container port (PA)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The only way is Essex - and David Cameron hits the superport's heights to show why

Possibly to illustrate the point that “Britain’s role in the world” is very much a work in  progress these days, David Cameron made a speech about it on a building site.

Justin Gatlin of United States celebrates after he won the Men's 100 Metres at National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, during 2013 IAAF World Challenge Beijing

Justin Gatlin says sorry to Usain Bolt over 'trash-talk'

Although the 100m sprinter will not stop talking

Paperbacks: Making, By Thomas Heatherwick

The wunderkind of British design compares this magnificent survey of his 3-D creations to "putting flowers in a flower press".

A demonstrator stands firm outside a government building in China’s Yunnan province

Campaigners in China challenge authorities over environmental impact of planned petrochemical plant

Fears over proposed refinery in southern city of Kunming attracts thousands of protesters

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian: Priest who spent 20 years in jail under Mao

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who died on 27 April aged 96, revived the Catholic church in Shanghai after years of Maoist persecution. His death leaves one of China's largest and wealthiest dioceses deeply unsettled, riven by tensions generated by the Communist Party's insistence on tightly controlling all organised religions.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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