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

People return to their offices after an earthquake in Mexico City

Mexico hit by second earthquake

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico today.

Trespassers 'reach summit of Shard'

A former student who says he scaled Europe's tallest building has claimed he could do so again “tomorrow” in spite of increased security.

Growing up: The Vertical Garden

It's common knowledge that plants grow upwards, following a path to the nearest sunlight.

Severfield-rowen dividend is hit as its rivals sharpen their knives

Cut-throat competition is still hammering the steel industry as the UK's biggest player slashed the dividend after a big drop in profits.

Diagrams, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

Sam Genders, founder and former frontman of folktronica act Tunng, went in a more glinting electro-pop direction on his warmly received Diagrams debut record, Black Light, which came out in January.

Liverpool could lose favour if it messes with the Three Graces

For a century, mariners sailing into the Mersey port have been greeted by the majestic Three Graces. The Royal Liver Building and its less famous sisters, the Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings, have dominated the skyline and earned the waterfront international recognition in the form of Unesco World Heritage Site status, along with the Acropolis, the Pyramids, Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and the Great Barrier Reef.

Reverb/Aurora/Collon, Roundhouse, London

When the youthful Aurora Orchestra set themselves up in 2005, they had no aspirations beyond being musically first-rate.

Video: Daredevil crashes into Table Mountain

Terrifying video footage of American daredevil, Jeb Corliss, crashing into a cliff after jumping off Table Mountain, Cape Town, has appeared on YouTube.

The Golden Scales, By Parker Bilal

Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of the Sudanese novelist Jamal Mahjoub, who, like many "literary" writers, is venturing into the detective genre. The setting is present-day Cairo, where in a broken-down houseboat on the Nile, former police inspector Makana is operating as a reluctant private eye. He has few friends – mainly writers, painters and musicians – and his landlady lives in a shack constructed of old crates and jerry cans.

French Alps, Carnevale di Venezia, Dubai

Now... Alpine ascent

Pack your warmest ski gear for a winter sports holiday in the French Alps this weekend. Mark Warner has a week in the resort of Les Deux Alpes for £545 per person, which includes catered accommodation at the Chalethotel Bérangère, transfers and Monarch flights from Gatwick to Geneva on Sunday, 5 February. Markwarner.co.uk

George Lucas in ranch wars

Not all of the epic battles that George Lucas has created take place in a galaxy far, far away. Nor, necessarily, a long time ago. In Marin County, just north of San Francisco, the Star Wars creator is at war with some of America's wealthiest Nimbys over plans to expand his extensive commercial property empire.

Gloucester’s James Simpson-Daniel (left) releases the ball to Luke Narraway

Quins blow chance after Gloucester's breathless triumph

Gloucester 34 Toulouse 24

Survivor, Barbican Theatre

We all know what a Gormley looks like: gazing straight ahead with his arms limp by his sides, he’s been placed by his creator on bleak seashores, on the roofs of high buildings, and anywhere else you’d least expect to find him, so it was no surprise to be confronted by the back view of a Gormley who remained motionless at the front of the Barbican stage for so long that one was driven out of boredom to read the programme.

Construction of the Olympic Boulevard in Qingdao, China

Skyscrapers may point to economic decline

The unhealthy link between the world's tallest buildings and financial crises. By Tom Bawden

Leading article: The worrying implications of London's Shard

Given our reliance on China and India for much-needed economic growth, the "unhealthy correlation" researchers have identified between the building of skyscrapers and imminent financial collapse is far from encouraging.

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