Anarchy erupts in Greece as austerity bites

As Thessalonika riots, a town near Athens spins out of control with angry residents setting up massive roadblocks and hurling Molotov cocktails

Violence spikes in Greek rebel town

As explosions boom, the town's loudspeakers blare: "Attention! Attention! We are under attack!" Air raid sirens wail through the streets, mingling with the frantic clanging of church bells. Clouds of tear gas waft between houses as helmeted riot police move in to push back the rebels.

Leading article: Country for hire

One might have assumed that renting an entire country would be the most extortionate of transactions. But the Principality of Liechtenstein is allegedly available for a remarkably reasonable £40,000 a night.

Newborn girl's body found near path

The body of a newborn baby girl has been discovered in undergrowth close to a footpath.

Recycling reward schemes shunned

Financial incentive schemes designed to encourage householders to recycle more are being shunned by the majority of councils, research suggested today.

'Long Island Ripper' may be linked to old murders

The hunt for a suspected serial killer in Long Island took a dramatic new turn yesterday when the discovery of eight bodies were linked to murders of four prostitutes in Atlantic City, in neighbouring New Jersey, in 2006.

American beauty

The work of George Bellows and his peers shows that US artists of the early 20th century were far more than mere European copyists, says Adrian Hamilton

Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, Wellcome Collection, London

Dishing the dirt... or how we learnt to grapple with life's grubby truths

Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life - in pictures

If you’re a germaphobe, it’s probably best to look away now. A major exhibition at the London-based Wellcome Collection examines the uncleanliness of human life.

Album: Britney Spears, Femme Fatale (Jive)

The madder she gets, the more interesting she gets. That ought to be how it works.

An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters, National Gallery, London

While the American Impressionists were trying to pass themselves off as French, the Ashcan Painters developed a voice like Top Cat's

Edgelands: Journeys Into England's True Wilderness, By Paul Farley and Michael Symmons

Somehow we know immediately the meaning of "edgelands". The word evokes zones where overspill housing estates peter out or factories give way to black fields or scrubland; where unkempt areas become home to allotments, mobile-phone masts, sewage works, cooling towers, dens, places of forgetting, dumping and landfill. This territory had no signifier until the geographer Marion Shoard invented the term "edgelands".

Waste Land (PG)

Starring: Vik Muniz

Michael McCarthy: Contamination: the enemy we've almost forgotten

Major industries are always major contaminators. It's easy to forget this, as Britain is a country in which manufacturing and resource extraction have all but disappeared, and the current generation of young Britons is growing up with rivers cleaner than they have been, in some cases, since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Britian needs coherent waste policy, says CBI

The CBI is launching a campaign today calling for government action on Britain's waste policy, as part of an initiative aimed at helping the country meet its climate change targets and improve energy security.

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