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Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

Asus announce Nexus 7 UK launch date as August 28th

Google have announced the UK launch date for their latest tablet, the new Nexus 7, as August 28th.

As tensions with China grow, Japan unveils largest warship since Second World War

Pacific nations fear new $1.2bn destroyer could be part of efforts to boost country's military profile

Game makers must do more to prevent addiction says new study

Study focused on MMORPGs as a genre providing unending structures that keep gamers hooked

Rivals leaving Britain behind in ‘global race’ for recovery

Analysis of IMF data claims UK growth will trail most other major economies by the end of Coalition’s term

Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much

The technology is currently only in the prototype stage but future developments would fit inside a cavity

Melanie Jewett - deaf long-distance runner

Deaflympics: Deaf athletes get set - but who is watching the 'Silent Games'?

Deaflympics begins in Bulgaria, but suffers from lack of funding and media attention

New research shows bright lights make us more honest and less selfish

Bright light increases honesty and leads people to perform ethical deeds

It also makes us more ethical and less selfish, researchers say

Apple and Samsung call truce on their rivalry

Apple signs up Samsung as chip supplier for new iPhone

Is the feud over? Apple and Samsung reportedly sign deal to see South Korean firm supply iPhone chips

Apple had been cutting manufacturing links with Samsung for over a year after a series of costly patent disputes between the two

Hadley Fraser as Garry Kasparov in The Machine (Picture: Helen Maybanks)

Theatre Review: The Machine, Manchester Festival

When the interval arrived during The Machine I realised I had been so engrossed by the play that I had forgotten to take a single note during the first half. A play about a chess match between a man and a computer, as its author Matt Charman, had conceded beforehand, sounded almost terrifyingly dull. But this was no ordinary man. It was Garry Kasparov, the youngest world chess champion ever, who reigned unchallenged for two decades. Nor was it an ordinary machine. It was Deep Blue, then the most sophisticated chess computer the world had ever seen, which could analyse more than 500 million positions every second.

How to make money from China, Taiwanese-style

Firms were quick to seize their chances when China finally opened up

Lahav Shani has become a protégé of Daniel Barenboim

Young maestro Lahav Shani takes top honour

It was a tense evening in the ancient Franconian city of Bamberg: behind closed doors, the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition's jury was deciding which of three gifted young musicians would be awarded the chance to become the next Gustavo Dudamel. The Venezuelan superstar maestro's career began here, in front of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, when he won the 2004 contest. Who might follow in his footsteps?

Andy Murray hits a backhand against Lu Yen-hsun

Wimbledon 2013: That's Andy! Casualties leave clear path to final for magical Murray to progress

After a day of extraordinary drama, Andy Murray will need to take a deep breath. With four of the biggest threats left in his half of the draw going out of the tournament, the 26-year-old Scot should take as much satisfaction from the fact that he came through his second-round match here unscathed as he did from the quality of his tennis.

Andy Murray: World ranking: 2

Food miles: Asia takes its proper place in the world of refined dining

The launch of Restaurant magazine's Asia's 50 Best Restaurant awards in Singapore earlier this year has drawn attention to the variety of dining opportunities on the continent.

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power