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I can afford to pay the rent, but most people can't. We should learn from the German example

Dom Joly: What has four legs and the IQ of a guppy? My dog

What do you do when you realise that your dog is a moron? Don't get me wrong, I love both my dogs, it's just that Oscar, the younger of the two, is monumentally stupid.

Lucas has been trying to build the studios in San Francisco for 25 years

The final episode: George Lucas bows to protests and pulls plug on film studio plans

The George Lucas empire is striking back after giving up its 25-year battle to build a palatial film studio in the pastoral hills north of San Francisco.

Police receive a call about domestic violence every minute

Scale of abuse against women revealed

Wave of internal migration as 19,000 women are forced from homes by domestic violence while forty per cent of groups working with abuse victims have cut staff or services in past year

Lindsay Hawker's father 'relieved' as killer Tatsuya Ichihashi loses sentence appeal

The father of a English teacher murdered in Japan today spoke of his relief after her killer lost an appeal against his life sentence.

A man walks in the medina

Tunis: This spirited city has a spring in its step

A year after the revolution, the lively Tunisian capital is revitalised. Cathy Packe explores its sights and smells

The burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet lies smoldering after crashing into a residential building in Virginia Beach

US Navy fighter crashes into beach apartment building

Emergency workers were searching for the occupants of six homes last night after a US Navy jet crashed into a group of apartment buildings.

Detroit has a budget deficit of $200m and $13bn in long-term debt

Sad Detroit surrenders control of its future

The humiliation of once-proud Detroit, cradle of the American automobile industry and of the sound that became known simply as Motown, seems to know no end as the city has reluctantly and angrily agreed for the first time to share control of its future destiny with the penny-pinchers from far-away Lansing, the state capital.

The Apartment, By Greg Baxter

In 2010, Texan-born Greg Baxter published his brutally honest memoir, A Preparation for Death. It recounted his life in Dublin as a failed novelist, teaching creative writing and drowning his sorrows in booze and women. The reviews were mixed: the occasional quality of his writing was overwhelmed by the tediousness of the explicit sex and his tendency to descend into narcissistic self-pity.

Frankel’s programme for the year is not yet decided by Sir Henry Cecil

Cecil pencils in Newbury gallop to relax Frankel

Fans of Flat racing's chief equine celebrity, the magnificent, unbeaten Frankel, will be gratified to know that their hero has not merely come through the winter well, but so well that a public appearance has had to be planned ahead of his first scheduled race, the Lockinge Stakes in mid-May.

House prices post first monthly rise for two years

House prices have climbed over the month for the first time in almost two years.

Value of ordinary countryside will be recognised in new 'streamlined' planning system

The intrinsic value of ordinary countryside will continue to be recognised in the new “streamlined” planning system, the Government announced today in a concession to countryside campaigners.

Leading article: Turn the scandal to good account, Prime Minister

The spectacle of a Conservative Party treasurer hawking access to the Prime Minister in return for "premier league" donations to the Tory coffers is deplorable. But it is hardly surprising. And until party political funding is reformed, and big-money donations outlawed, such shady practices will inevitably continue.

Pub ban for Windsor intruder

A lorry driver who scaled an 8ft-high gate to get into the grounds of Windsor Castle while drunk has been banned from pubs for a year.

Letters: Lessons from Ireland on planning

I was born and raised in rural Ireland where there are relatively few protections afforded to the countryside. The result is rural areas blighted by indiscriminate housing and poorly applied planning rules, ie – exactly what Michael McCarthy (22 March) and others are afraid will happen in the UK.

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