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The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused

Strikes leave passengers grounded – but insults fly between BA and Unite

Willie Walsh 'shocked' at union boss's Twitter updates during talks

British diplomats suspended after Warsaw bust-up with Canadians

A recent audit of Canada's eye-catching embassy in Warsaw concluded that the mission's plush bar proved valuable in "promoting team spirit".

The Winter Vault, By Anne Michaels

A dozen years after Fugitive Pieces, the Canadian mistress of poetic melancholia returns. The Winter Vault hardly develops like a conventional novel: each main character in a triple narrative slips into a mode of rapt soliloquy.

Elaborate state funeral for Poland's first couple

An elaborate state funeral for Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, began today bereft of many world leaders whose travel plans were paralysed by the plume of volcanic ash that has covered Europe.

Will the world's political elite make it to funeral of Polish President?

Volcanic ash cloud closes Warsaw airport ahead of tomorrow's state event

Protests over plan to bury President in Polish pantheon

Poles angered by funeral arrangements for divisive and controversial leader

Body of Polish First Lady returned to Warsaw

The body of Polish First Lady Maria Kaczynska was flown back from Russia today as MPs prepared to hold a special observance in memory of their president and other politicians.

Lech Kaczynski: Polish President and co-founder of the Law and Justice Party

The Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash last Saturday as he travelled to a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of The Katyn Forest massacre. He was 60 years old. The plane, a 25-year-old Russian-built Tupolev Tu-154, operated by the Polish Air Force, crashed in thick fog as it approached a military airport near Smolensk in western Russia, killing all 96 passengers and crew, including Kaczynski's wife, Maria, and many senior political and military officials. It is thought that pilot-error was to blame.

A stunned Poland mourns loss of its governing elite

Body of Polish President killed in Russian crash flown home to Warsaw where huge crowds line streets.

Krzysztof Bobinsk: A blow to the heart of our reborn country

Watching the crowds lining the streets to watch the return of Lech Kaczynski's coffin I couldn't but think how practised we Poles are at commemorating national disasters. The last time we lost a president by violent means was in 1922 when Gabriel Narutowicz was shot by a deranged artist.

Polish president's body returned to Warsaw

Tens of thousands of Poles softly sang the national anthem and tossed flowers at the hearse carrying the body of President Lech Kaczynski to the presidential palace today after it was returned from Russia, where he and dozens of political, military and religious leaders were killed in a plane crash.

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics, By Adam Zamoyski

Composer's life hits the high notes

Yundi Li: 'I think I'm not a normal artist'

Two young Chinese performers are taking the world of classical music by storm. But while the international superstar Lang Lang thrives in the spotlight, Yundi Li prefers to let the purity of his pianism do the talking

Warsaw hosts 170-hour party for Chopin

Free round-the-clock concerts held to mark composer's 200th birthday

Album: Groove Armada, Black Light (Ministry of Pies/Cooking Vinyl)

Explaining the essential difference between Black Light and 2007's Soundboy Rock, Groove Armada's Andy Cato cites the likes of Friendly Fires, Klaxons and MGMT as having given them a fresh challenge which sent them back to the influences of Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Roxy.

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