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Not content with four-storey statues of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, city planners in Skopje are now inviting bids for a version of Rome’s Spanish Steps, part of a beautification campaign that has divided residents.

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A business story last Saturday reported on good financial results at the Triumph motorcycle company: "This was driven by 'strong' sales of motorbike parts, clothing and accessories such as automatic breaking systems, said a spokeswoman."

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Pakistani athletes win symbolic victory for their trip to Taj Mahal

Determined that Commonwealth Games' athletes and delegates should get the most out of their trip to India, organisers are arranging trips to the Taj Mahal, putting on special trains that will whisk the visitors to the World Heritage site in the morning and bring them back in the evening. Except perhaps, for the delegation from Pakistan.

24-Hour Room Service: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, India

Old-world charm meets 21st-century resilience

Mumbai bombing hotel reopens for business

Holding balloons and flowers, employees have pledged to rededicate themselves to the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai when it reopens this weekend after the militant attacks in 2008 in which guests and staff members died.

Sport on TV: Thankfully it wasn't a case of 'Daly, where's your troosers?'

The first day of the 139th Open was a record-breaking one. There had never been so many commentators in one place uttering the words "That's the way to do it". It was as if they had stuck a microphone in a cage full of parrots. Why this reaction to all the pretty birdies? OK, so the players were making it look so easy. But it seemed that all the pundits on Golf: The Open (BBC2, Thursday) were drawn to John Daly's clothes, as close to the plumage of a tropical bird as you'll see in Scotland. Call it parrot fashion.

World Heritage sites: The battle is on for global recognition

Offa's Dyke, the Forth Rail Bridge and the Jodrell Bank Observatory are among nearly 40 places which will compete to become World Heritage sites.

Sole surviving Mumbai gunman must hang, say prosecutors

Pakistan warned 'not to export terrorism' as court finds militant guilty of 86 charges

Mumbai terror attack hotel reopens

Eighteen months after militants terrorised the city of Mumbai and left more than 160 people dead, one of the luxury hotels seized by the gunmen has reopened.

Travel Challenge: A tour of Rajasthan

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a private tour of Rajasthan. Prices are for two people and include flights to Delhi departing Heathrow on 20 March.

Observations: Images to replace clichéd views of the subcontinent

In Western visionary terms, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh tended to generate default images. The Taj Mahal, most obviously, various maharishis, the pink-ish facades of Jaipur, flooding in Bangladesh and, the photograph of Gandhi taken seconds after he was shot in 1948. Our selective and re-imagined view of these places has been exoticised.

Taj Mahal, By Giles Tillotson

In 1631, empress Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to the 14th child of Shah Jahan. Plunged into "profound and long" grief, the Mughal emperor planned a tomb for her in Agra.

9 killed, 80 injured following Indian train derailment

A speeding train derailed in western India early today, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 80.

21 killed in train crash near Taj Mahal

Officials have confirmed that 21 people were killed today when a passenger train smashed into the rear carriage of another train.

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