News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

Forget the Green Goblin... Shard to stop French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert – with an injunction

In a two-decade career, Mr Robert has scaled the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building

The Business Matrix: Friday 23 November 2012

British lead the tip-off league in US

The Sky City will be a 220-storey structure which will stand at an incredible 838m

China to build world's tallest building - in just 90 days

When completed by the end of next March, Sky City in Changsha will be the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at 2,749ft (838m) high, over 220 floors. And remarkably, they’ve not started building it yet.

Skyscraper boom comes crashing down to Earth

When Boris Johnson inaugurated The Shard, the Mayor hailed Britain's tallest skyscraper as "a symbol of how London is powering its way out of the global recession".

High life is great, providing you've got the head for it

The views might be wonderful from the shard, but could you stay up there for long?

Workers clean the windows of the Shard

What’s it like to climb Europe’s tallest building?

As the 314m Shard opens to sightseers (for £25 a time) Tom Peck tests the lifts – and his nerve

Come on up, the view's lovely: First look from the Shard's public gallery

Visitors taking tours of the Shard will be able to enjoy views of up to 40 miles across London when it opens in February.

On the lookout: Dividing the two Koreas is an 18km partition, the world's most fortified border

Where to go in 2013: South Korea

Why go in 2013? To enjoy the Great Outdoors

Peter Auty lets James Creswell, right, talk him into trading his heart for a nose job

Faust, Grand Theatre, Leeds; Group 627/Rolf Hin, St John's, Smith Square, London

James Creswell's Méphistophélès is a witty revelation amid a host of strong performances in a Wall St spin on Gounod's damned opera

Felix Baumgartner prepares for 23-mile skyfall

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is preparing to take the leap of his life aiming for the highest, fastest free fall in history.

Rare images have emerged of the pyramid shaped 105 storey building in Pyongyang which was labelled by Esquire magazine in 2008 the

After 25 years of construction a glimpse inside North Korea's still unfinished 'Hotel Of Doom'

Work began on the imposing structure in 1987, but construction was stalled for 16 years after the money for the project ran out

Assassin’s Creed 3′s Connor "most detailed third-person action character ever created"

1,000 animations built into the character model of Connor alone as new trailer details Ubisoft's "AnvilNext" engine.

China's capital is shaken by the heaviest rain in six decades as it leaves 37 people dead

Even Beijing can't hold back the tide

As China's flood-ravaged capital dealt with the aftermath of the heaviest rain in six decades, including the deaths of 37 people, questions were being asked yesterday about whether Beijing's push for modernisation came at the expense of basic infrastructure such as drainage networks.

Inside the houses that Brad Pitt built

Brad Pitt has revealed the £130,000 home he asked star architect Frank Gehry to design to revive New Orleans. Simon Usborne looks at the results

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