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The athletic aesthetic in menswear goes far beyond New Year’s resolutions, says Lee Holmes

iPhone case, from £40, DVF.com

Style File: Access all areas - designer stocking fillers

Fashion’s new democratic bent means there are small-but-stylish designer gifts to suit all pockets, says Alexander Fury

Adidas and Sports Direct battle for Chelsea kit

Adidas has caused a major rift with the UK’s biggest sportswear retailer Sports Direct after banning Mike Ashley’s company from selling the club’s replica football kit next season.

West Midlands double murder: Wesley Williams admits killing Yvonne Walsh and her seven-month-old baby son

Judge tells Williams to expect a 'very substantial' prison term

Kanye West left the stage in a rage after only three songs

Kanye West storms off stage in Florida after three songs

The rapper shouted at his technical crew before temporarily halting the show

Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy in the latest Nike advert

Video: Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy go head-to-head in latest Nike advert - and Ronaldo swings by to help out the Manchester United striker

The two famous sportsmen take meet each other on the golf course as part of a promotion for Nike's latest Ordem Football

The novel cure: Loss of face

Literary prescriptions for modern ailments

Style File: Haute on the half-pipe

The love affair of luxury labels with the Nineties skate scene shows no signs of abating,  as sneakers, sliders and sweatshirts are given an  über-luxe twist, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Video: Tracks from the Playlist

Watch the videos below to take in one of the tracks from this week's Playlist.

The Graphic Africa exhibition features the work of 16 designers from 10 countries and runs until 20 October.

iStyle: A tribal gathering of African-inspired design

Retailers and designers are riding a wave of African inspiration, writes Trish Lorenz

Lanvin Autumn/winter 2013

iStyle: Back on the train gang with fashionable footwear

Trainers are no longer just for the track, as sporty shoes have graduated to the most stylish of settings, says Lee Holmes

iStyle: Statement sweatshirts

The slobby Sunday staple has had a high fashion makeover - wear your art on your sleeve this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Simple, flat shoes cause less damage than cushioned trainers

Old-fashioned plimsolls with flat soles are better for kids' feet

Modern trainers with thick heels makes it more difficult for young people to learn to run using the front foot

How to get the look: Premium sweatshirts

Is this the one where you try to convince me to buy a really expensive version of something that's supposed to be really cheap?

Convicted rapist Adam Mark escapes from Leyhill prison

Police are hunting a rapist who has absconded from prison.

The anti-shark wetsuit that's been created by scientists from the University of Western Australia Oceans Institute and Shark Attack Mitigation Systems

'Don't eat me!' - anti-shark wetsuits created in Australia

Wetsuits designed to make wearer more safe in shark-infested waters

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
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'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

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