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An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards

Olympics air defence plan given go-ahead

Surface-to-air defence systems will be deployed at six sites in and around London during the 2012 Olympic Games, the Government confirmed today.

Projected visuals transformed the look of the Palace during Monday's concert

Who turned Buckingham Palace into a block of flats?

For many watching – or at least those on Twitter whinging – the highlight of Sunday's Jubilee gig was the visuals projected onto the Palace as Madness played "Our House".

Woman guilty over flat fire deaths

A woman has been convicted of two counts of manslaughter after she started a fire at a block of flats which killed two women, police said today.

Anti-regime protesters carry the body of activist Nour al-Zahraa, 23, who was shot on Sunday

Nine killed as Syrian ceasefire is rocked by suicide bombings

A string of bomb blasts ripped through Syria yesterday, including three powerful explosions in the north-western city of Idlib – killing nine people – highlighting the momentous challenge facing the UN monitoring mission as it attempts to shore up a threadbare ceasefire.

Teenager plunges 18 floors to her death as police raid Woolwich flat

An 18-year-old woman plunged 18 floors to her death today in an apparent bid to escape police.

Sporting glory: The opening ceremony of the 1924 Paris Olympics

Forgotten field of dreams: Visit the scene of Britain's triumph at the 1924 Olympics in Paris

You probably know the place, at least on screen. If you have seen either Chariots of Fire or Escape to Victory, you will have seen the centrepiece of those sporting thrillers: a stadium in the north-western reaches of Paris. Or, rather, you will not have seen it. Because the Stade du Matin is represented in the former feature by Bebington Oval in the Wirral, and in the latter by a stadium in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Yet by some miracle of neglect, the venue for the most celebrated 400m race in Olympic history – not to mention the 1938 World Cup Final – is still there, buried in the banlieue, and all yours to race around.

There was fear not positivity in the selection of Julien Dupuy by France

Saint-André kicking himself as French caution backfires

Les Bleus were caught short by an impressive England and paid the price for some conservative tactics, writes Hugh Godwin

Ready for their close-up: The Near and the Elsewhere exhibition

Those of us who imagined that the perfect lives in The Truman Show constituted a glimpse of the future could have no better reality check than The Near and the Elsewhere, a potent exhibition of visual artworks at the PM Gallery at Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing, London. These unsettling freeze-frames – by turns surreal, mysterious, or coruscatingly depressing – are like slides from some urban-cum-architectural pathology lab.

Mary Dejevsky: An epitaph for the selfish charm of yesterday's bourgeoisie

If you have visited the cinema recently, you will be familiar with the scenario of Carnage, even if you have not actually seen the film; the promotional clips have been aired endlessly.

South London estate residents bar filming

Residents of an infamous council estate that became a favourite location for film and television directors portraying urban decay have banned it from appearing on screen again unless it is depicted in a positive light.

Sarah Sands: We must love developers as much as our own homes

On the way to a meeting in South Kensington recently, I passed a basement flat, and my heart sank. The huge, two-bedroom flat with a fabulous skylight and courtyard was mine about 25 years ago. I sold it for under £50,000 – it must now be worth £2m.

17 people rescued from London tower block blaze

A fire at a 16-storey tower block has been brought under control, the fire brigade said tonight.

Strong earthquake hits Mexico

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's western Guerrero state today, shaking buildings and causing panic just over 100 miles away in the nation's capital.

Last night's viewing - Top Boy, Channel 4; Young Apprentice, BBC1

When I say that Ronan Bennett's Top Boy is half the drama The Wire was, it's meant as a descriptive remark not a critical one. On the evidence of its excellent first episode, Top Boy more than justifies Channel 4's decision to rearrange its schedules and run it through the week.

Two die in flats fall

Two people have died after falling from a tower block.

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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