News Calatrava’s bridge has been heavily criticised

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

Domnica Cemortan had a crush on the captain of the Costa Concordia

I was no fatal distraction, says dancer in cruise ship disaster

A dancer who was with the captain on the bridge of the Costa Concordia when the liner crashed with the loss of 32 lives has denied that her presence created a fatal distraction.

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Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

Ireland record comprehensive defeat of Italy

Ireland 42 Italy 10

Berlusconi corruption trial ended

A Milan court has ruled that the statute of limitations has run out in a corruption case against Silvio Berlusconi, handing Italy's former prime minister another victory in a long string of judicial woes he has faced.

Tom Sykes: His challenge now is to maintain sparkling testing form over the 28 races

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Unsung Briton sets pace at Phillip Island ahead of tomorrow's curtain-raiser to the Superbike season

Row your boat: A gondolier

48 Hours: Venice

Italy's most romantic city is the perfect place to take your Valentine – or get into the carnival spirit, says William Cook.

Newt Gingrich said he would continue his campaign and blamed Romney’s victory on his superior spending

'I will fight on' insists Gingrich despite defeat

He looked less like a contender for the US presidency, and more like Comical Ali, the Iraqi PR minister famed for declarations of impending victory in the jaws of catastrophic defeat.

Mishkin's is a cool, shabby-chic mix of reclaimed wood and scrubbed brick

Mishkin’s, 25 Catherine Street, London WC2

The cable channel Dave famously got its name because the marketeers believed everyone had a friend called Dave. Mishkin's, a new Jewish(ish) diner in Covent Garden, has a similarly ersatz provenance – named for its owner, Ezra Mishkin, who sounds like the kind of mensch who'd feed you good chicken soup and bad jokes, but who doesn't actually exist.

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1. Which decade did WH Auden describe as "low, dishonest"?

Mario Monti wants Italy to make 'sacrifices'

Italy's new premier has urged MPs to rapidly agree his new taxes, pension reforms and growth measures, saying the survival of the euro depends on the country making "strong sacrifices".

Stabat Mater, By Tiziano Scarpa (trs Shaun Whiteside)

Staring death in the face...in Venice

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The man who pays his way

Echoes from the city of lost children

The Venetian writer Tiziano Scarpa can still hear the ghosts of Vivaldi's choir of orphaned girls, he tells Matthew Hoffman

Patrick Hughes: Fifty Years in Show Business, Flowers Galleries, London

When Patrick Hughes was a toddler, he slept with his mother in a cupboard beneath the stairs to shelter from Nazi bombs. Imagine what a Continental or American artist would have made of this Oedipal dream fulfilled while, as if in retribution, death rained down outside his little womb. For Hughes, however, the significance of this experience was his view of the underside of the stairs. Up became down, in became out, and Hughes never looked back. He has become the master of visual paradox and puzzle – the keyhole-shaped solid that retains the image of what the peeper saw through it, the striped tin of striped paint.

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