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After endless criticism over its aesthetic, its durability and even its accessibility for the disabled,Santiago Calatrava faces legal action as a result of alleged deficiencies in the construction

The Jewels of Paradise, By Donna Leon. Heinemann, £17.99

The opera-house setting of Donna Leon's first novel, Death at La Fenice, was no accident. She has always been a serious student of music and this new work, a departure from her crime-fiction, features a splendid mystery surrounding the inheritance of an obscure baroque composer. His papers are locked in two trunks fought over by greedy rival descendants who decide to employ a scholar to investigate the contents.

Montenegro challenges Croatia for Adriatic crown

Resort development is rife in the tiny Balkan nation. Louise Dransfield and Kate Hughes report

Album: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Donald Sulzen, L'alba Separa dalla Luce L'ombra (Wigmore Hall)

Anna Caterina Antonacci here conjures an evocative and warming account of fin de siècle Mediterranean ardour through songs by the likes of Tosti, Hahn and Respighi, including the latter's "Sopra un'aria Antica".

Scenes from an Execution, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

“It's death to be understood,” declares Galactia, the 16th century artist-heroine of Scenes from an Execution. But the fact remains that this 1986 play is one of Howard Barker's most accessible and stringently witty works - a searching study of the fraught relationship between artist, patron, critic and political culture. 

Joyce DiDonato/David Zobel, Wigmore Hall, London

Joyce DiDonato is not just a singer, she's a cheerleader carrying the torch for opera whenever she gets the chance.

Audiobook: Beastly Things, By Donna Leon (read by Andrew Sachs)

An offering you can't refuse

Beastly Things, By Donna Leon

I went off Donna Leon several books ago – not enough plot, too much pasta, too much family stuff, above all, an excess of the tiresomely perfect Signorina Elettra, paragon of the Venetian cop-shop. But this is a return to form. Commissario Brunetti exerts himself with a lot more policing, plus the book is written with that depth of thought about crime and humanity that characterises the best of Leon's work.

My Life in Travel: David Starkey, historian and television presenter

'For a good holiday, you need someone to hate'

Mario Balotelli is finally showing signs of being more settled

High-flying Balotelli seeks oasis of calm

As Noel Gallagher quizzes the striker, City sense new maturity

John Kirwan has been told he will not be considered for England post

Mallett is outstanding man for Red Rose job, says Kirwan

Nick Mallett should be the next England coach, according to John Kirwan, who will not be considered for the post after being told by the Rugby Football Union's headhunters that he was not experienced enough.

Under the arches: Villa San Michele near Florence

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Greenfield says: 'I have a day job, so it's such a luxury to take a day off and work at home'

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Where are you now and what can you see?

Paul O'Connell: 'We've all been to hostile environments with our provinces in the past'

Ireland stay unchanged for daunting Paris test

Ireland have named the 22-man squad which beat Italy 42-10 in Dublin last weekend for Sunday's Six Nations game against France in Paris. The same players were selected for the original visit to the French capital on 11 February. That game was cancelled 10 minutes before kick-off, due to a frozen pitch.

A fire in the engine room of the Costa Allegra has left it a drift at sea

The Costa curse strikes again

First the Concordia ran aground, now 30 Britons are among hundreds on ship adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze

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