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In my previous dispatch from the traumatic home-hunting frontline, where regiments of estate agents fire broadsides of scorn at our hilarious budget-to-square-footage aspirations, I detailed how one such know-it-all had been forced to tell us – just as we were about to enter – why the house was unsellable, due to the all-pervasive stench of chemicals from the dry cleaner down below. Needless to say, we weren't inordinately tempted.

Coroner rules dingo was responsible for Azaria Chamberlain's death in the Australian outback

It is not usual for a coroner to fight back tears when delivering a verdict, or to commiserate movingly with a family three decades on. But there was never anything usual about the case of Azaria Chamberlain, who was killed by a dingo in the Australian outback 32 years ago – as her amended death certificate now states, finally.

Howard Jacobson: Pushing, shoving, mawkish singing – my unmissable day out at the Jubilee pageant

Parents conjured children from their pockets and hoisted them onto their shoulders

Between the Covers 03/06/2012

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Tropical Climes: Mainimage: jacket £60, shorts £35, blouse £50, warehouse.co.uk

Join the summer set: Sunny high-street buys

Whether you're jetting away long-haul or just day-tripping, Rebecca Gonsalves rounds up the pick of the high street's sunniest buys

The Princess Royal is handed the Olympic torch

'Sir' David Beckham and his royal teammate go for the burn as 2012 torch heads for UK

Flame lit in Athens and will start tour of Britain tomorrow

Cairo on a knife-edge as 20 killed in election clashes

The Military Council is accused of orchestrating the violence in a bid to have the poll postponed

The Weekend's Viewing: Silent Witness, Sun, BBC2
The Bridge, Sat, BBC4

I decided to conduct an experiment with the latest episode of Silent Witness – to watch it as if it was a subtitled Danish crime drama.

Ready To Wear: Resisting the urge to change clothes may be no bad thing

Watching BBC4's The Bridge at the weekend one could be forgiven for thinking that Scandinavian women – or perhaps just Scandinavian detectives – never change their clothes.

Howard says: 'I've got a lazy eye, and people often think I'm arrogant, or pissed'

My Secret Life: Russell Howard, 31, comedian

'People think I'm arrogant'

Album: Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe (Atlantic)

"You can be the widget in my turbo!" offers Santigold on "Go!", the staccato, punchy groove that opens the long-awaited follow-up to her dynamic 2008 debut.

M&S pays the price of slip up over womenswear

Marks & Spencer yesterday admitted it did not have enough women's knitwear and jackets during February's cold snap, as it posted a "disappointing" fourth quarter that missed City expectations.

'Disappointing' M&S pays the price of a slip-up over womenwear

Marks & Spencer yesterday admitted it did not have enough women's knitwear and jackets during February's cold snap, as it posted a "disappointing" fourth quarter that missed City expectations.

Former deacon denies murdering girlfriend

A former deacon murdered his girlfriend in a "savage and sustained" knife attack in front of her two young children, a court heard today.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own