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The Lawn Bistro, 67 High Street, London SW19

The actual tennis of Wimbledon is played in Southfields, two Tube stops away from the famous suburb, but that doesn't stop the world and his tennis partner from descending on the Village like the Assyrians on Jerusalem. What they find to eat when they arrive can be uninspiring. For every good, reliable restaurant (such as San Lorenzo Fuoriporto at the bottom of the hill), there are too many yawn-making gastropubs, chains and iffy spice houses.

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Senior allies claim PM ordered undisclosed foreign trips, which were vital to Afghan mission

Helen Johnston was held captive in an Afghan cave complex

Kidnappers were ready to execute a hostage, telephone calls revealed

Taliban plans forced SAS to bring forward daring rescue mission

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Seventeen migrant workers were killed in a fire today in a market warehouse on Moscow's outskirts where they had been living, Russian emergency officials and media said.

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A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty to plotting to kill US president Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country.

Keothavong beats world No 16

Britain's Anne Keothavong yesterday beat the world No 16, Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4, 6-1 at the Pattaya Open in Thailand.

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Andy Murray is congratulated by Marcos Baghdatis

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West turning blind eye to torture in Uzbekistan, says report

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Album: Sevara Nazarkhan, Tortadur (Severamusic.com)

What makes this so heart-warming is the fact that this young Uzbek singer has turned her back on global pop and returned to her musical roots.

Lord Bell:

Bell Pottinger head launches investigation over lobbyists

The chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group has launched an internal investigation after this week's controversy about the lobbying company.

Young cotton pickers working in Uzbekistan

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Bell Pottinger suggested that a minimum age for child labour could improve Uzbekistan's reputation

Lord Bell, the chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group

Belarus Links: Lord Bell questions money claims of senior colleague

Lord Bell last night sought to answer questions about Bell Pottinger's audit trail for the company's work in Belarus, after one of his most senior executives cast doubt on who had been paying for its work in Europe's last dictatorship.

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