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London tops expensive cities list

London is the most expensive city for an evening out, a cost comparison of the world's major cities reveals.

Gunnar Sonsteby: Norway's most decorated war hero

Gunnar Sonsteby, code-named "Kjakan" ("The Chin"), was one of the most prominent members of the Norwegian resistance movement during the Nazi occupation and responsible for countless spectacular sabotage missions and acts of heroism.

Palacio Nazarenas is a 16th-century convent-turned-luxury hotel that opens in Cusco, Peru, this Friday (palacionazarenas.com).

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Karim Benzema scored two of France's four goals

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Norway's cold climes are the hot new spot for Nordic noir, says Gerard Gilbert

Ryanair welcomes you to 'Paris-Disney' airport (only 90 miles from Paris and 70 miles from Disney)

An airfield in the Champagne region is the latest example of the budget airline's imaginative renaming of airports, says Simon Calder

Elite players such as Mario Balotelli have excellent cognitive functions

Test shows footballers are better at thinking outside the box

The antics of the Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who shot an intern with an air rifle, and Mario Balotelli of Manchester City, who accidentally set his house ablaze with fireworks, hardly inspire confidence in the mental capacities of footballers.

England badminton pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork at the race to qualify for London 2012 yesterday

Badminton: English pair boost their Olympic hopes

England badminton pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork gave themselves a ranking boost in the race to qualify for London 2012 by overcoming team-mates Ben Stawski and Lauren Smith 21-15, 21-11 at the Polish International yesterday.

'Act now' to cut ocean damage costs

Failing to tackle climate change will damage the world's oceans to the tune of £270 billion a year by mid-century, researchers warned today.

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