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

'Spiderman' fined for climbing Malaysian twin towers

A French climber nicknamed "Spiderman" was fined 2,000 ringgit (£350) today for climbing Malaysia's 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers.

'Spiderman' scales new heights

A climber nicknamed the "French Spiderman" celebrates on top of Malaysia's 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers yesterday after climbing them at the third attempt.

Man killed by window shard after row

A man died when he was impaled on a large shard of glass after throwing a woman through a shop window in a street row.

Album: Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper, (Matador)

Solo projects fall into two broad camps. The most common is the openly flagged spin-off under the artist's real or stage name, or a close variant thereof (Frank Black, Nickel Eye). Less frequently, an artist might attempt to go completely incognito (remember Garth Brooks' "Chris Gaines" character, anyone?) until the truth eventually leaks.

Album: Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper (Matador)

Julian Plenti may well be Skyscraper – whatever that means – but he'll be better known to you as Paul Banks, British-born frontman of Joy Division wannabes Interpol, whose recycling of new-wave cliches hoisted their album Our Love To Admire to a top-3 chart position a couple of years back.

The Abduction From The Seraglio, Grand Theatre, Leeds

In creating a new "book" for Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio Tim Hopkins and Nicholas Ridout have liberally fleshed out the original narrative. By putting words into the mouth of the mute servant of Pasha Selim, the story is narrated, the characters' situations and feelings explained and the dramatic action moved on. The intention was surely to make everything clearer, but in watering down the conventional characteristics, and changing the characters' relationships, the onstage chemistry is crucially altered. It plays down the psychological situation in a work marked by contrasts of class and culture.

The Sonnets: 80

By William Shakespeare

Building work on the Shard to begin next month

In a rare "shard" of light piercing the gloom of the building industry, construction of the 80-storey Shard tower will go ahead at London Bridge next month.

Observations: The tallest book in the world

What do you buy the oligarch/sheikh with everything? How about the tallest book in the world? At 14ft, The Burj Dubai Opus is a record-breaking page-turner – though it's not clear how many competitors there might be, or, indeed, if it's even possible to turn its hefty pages.

Nerds united in hit sitcom

It may not be to everyone's taste, but The IT Crowd doesn't 'do' edgy. And that's precisely why James Rampton likes it

American Music Club, Bush Hall, London

Would you look at Mark Eitzel? One minute he's playing the arch barfly-cum-ham-cum-raconteur to a T. The next, he's hunched down into a song, pulling its melody into his burly frame, then throwing it out like some shot-putting balladeer. He can sing the hell out of a song when his mind is on the job, and he gives no half-measures tonight.

You write the reviews:<br/> Man on wire (James Marsh, 12A, 94mins) Nationwide

Since the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, two powerful documentaries have looked at the Twin Towers through the eyes of a man faced with death. The first, Henry Singer's The Falling Man, tries to piece together the final moments of an unknown 9/11 "jumper" who was made immortal in a photograph taken by Richard Drew. He was a reluctant victim for whom death came looking. The second film is Man on Wire, the story of the marvellous high-wire walker Philippe Petit, and his nonchalance in the face of death.

Peter York: Sky&rsquo;s the limit

The Way We Live Now: It's got the New York ambition; stone balls for a start
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste