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A street cleaner who was allegedly stabbed to death by a burglar he confronted with a broom has been praised in court for his “sense of civic duty”.

Susie Rushton: What's this crunch I'm hearing about?

Urban Notebook: At my hairdresser, women are still shelling out for expensive highlights

Westfield: the verdict

Europe's biggest urban shopping centre opened in London yesterday. But is it any good? We asked the experts

Mega-mall: Is this the future of shopping?

He's built a global empire of malls. Now, in London, Frank Lowy is about to unveil his boldest project yet – just as recession hits. Does he know something we don't? Rob Sharp reports on a £1.7bn gamble

Shearwater, Bush Hall, London

Justin Vernon's Bon Iver and Jonathan Meiburg's Shearwater are two US bands spearheading what could seen as an informal Talk Talk revival this year, with Elbow, a band openly indebted to Mark Hollis's pop pioneers, doing their bit in the UK. Both acts have encored with Talk Talk songs in Shepherd's Bush of late, as though communing with the long-retired ambient-rock maverick, who retired to Wimbledon in the early Nineties after reaching the peak of his powers with the end-piece albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock, and the solo Mark Hollis. Where Vernon sought to capture the parched emotional and spiritual acoustic intimacy of Mark Hollis with his justly acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago, Meiburg's Texas outfit, Shearwater, have taken inspiration from the post-rock blueprints and occluded garage gospel of Talk Talk's final masterworks.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Days Like Those

'If your husband has locked himself in the car, in terror of a wasps' nest, that's when onlookers will gather'

Black Kids - the young guns who grew up

From Christian ska group to 'bling indie pop' and dance music, Florida's Black Kids have flirted with many formats. Chris Mugan talks to the band about lust, love triangles and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Bomber's wife guilty of failing to disclose plot

The wife of failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman was tonight facing jail for failing to tell police of his plans for "carnage and mass murder".

Come on over to the dark side with The Zutons

The Zutons are happy to be back – be it on the music scene or in their homeland. fiona sturges meets the group's occasionally sombre lead singer, Dave McCabe

Teenage gang detained for stabbing boy, 16, to death

Two teenagers were given life sentences yesterday for the murder of a schoolboy.

Two teenagers jailed for schoolboy murder

Two teenagers were given life sentences today for the murder of a schoolboy.

Album: Laura Marling, Alas, I Cannot Swim (Virgin)

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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: The baby blues

Dear Virginia, I'm a single mother and my baby is a year old. I love him, but I feel depressed and lonely. I'm exhausted after getting up in the night, and spending all day with him is really getting on my nerves. I don't drive and my parents live miles away. There is a mother and baby club nearby but I don't really like the other mums. What can I do? Yours sincerely, Angie



Adams ton takes Sharks past tough target struck by Lightning

Chris Adams was the hero in a tight finish at Hove, where Sussex beat Lancashire with just two balls to spare.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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