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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)

Young, gifted and folk

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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Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

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London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

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It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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