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The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

Mitt Romney campaign confirms Paul Ryan as running mate

Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, the Romney campaign confirmed today.

Mourners honour Wisconsin Sikh temple victims

Mourners began paying their final respects today to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple in the US almost a week ago for reasons that still aren't clear.

Wisconsin Sikh temple gunman shot and killed himself according to FBI

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in the US died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he was shot by police, the FBI announced today.

A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where seven people were killed

Seven killed in Sikh temple mass shooting

Dozens of worshippers are also injured before police kill gunman in Wisconsin

Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth got trapped for nine days in New Zealand after a snowstorm in a mountain range on the South Island

Two survive nine days in New Zealand blizzard

Two American students who were trapped in the wilderness by a snowstorm trekked to safety, surviving for nine days by rationing their meagre supply of snacks and keeping warm in hot springs.

Students survive nine days in New Zealand wilderness

Two 21-year-old American students have walked out of the New Zealand wilderness after being trapped for nine days by a snowstorm.

Rupert Cornwell: The rust belt punishes a tactical blunder... and Barack Obama could be the real loser

The recall was meant to be a show of strength for the unions. The outcome was exactly the opposite

Republican Governor Scott Walker celebrates his clear victory on Tuesday over his Democrat rival Tom Barrett in the recall election in Wisconsin

Scott Walker's triumph boosts Mitt Romney in key Wisconsin election test

Republican 'union-basher' thwarts Democrats to become first in US history to survive a recall vote

Governor Scott Walker angered unions with attack on collective bargaining rights

Showdown in Wisconsin sets stage for presidential contest

A recall campaign against the state Governor is seen as a litmus test for Barack Obama and GOP tactics

Album: Bright Moments, Natives (Luaka Bop)

Kelly Pratt, who to all intents and purposes is Bright Moments, has in the past supplied horn parts to Arcade Fire, Beirut and LCD Soundsystem.

The winning cheese at the championships in Madison, Wisconsin

The big cheese: Gouda worth its weight in gold is hailed world's best

A Gouda worth its weight in gold has proved a deserving winner of the World Championship Cheese Contest after being sold at auction for $8,400 (£5,270).

Barack Obama has gone into full re-election mode as Mitt Romney lengthens his lead in the Republican presidential race

Obama and Romney square up as Republican rivals fade

The reek of rhetorical gunpowder hung over Washington last night as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama abruptly hurled themselves into the 2012 battle for the White House regardless of the lingering presence of other rivals for the Republican Party nomination.

Barack Obama has gone into full re-election mode as Mitt Romney lengthens his lead in the Republican presidential race

Romney and Obama face off as GOP race nears end

War of words as challenger cruises to victory in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC

Romney will face a better organized, better financed Obama campaign backed by the power of the presidency

Front-runner Mitt Romney closes in on Republican nomination after winning three more primaries

Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination last night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC, and shifted his focus to the general election with a sharp attack on President Barack Obama.

A large gap separates the high demand for organs and their scarce supply

'There was someone who needed it...' 60 lives, 30 kidneys, all linked in longest donor chain

Organ donation to stranger starts an amazing series of events across 11 US states

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An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
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The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
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Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum
France's Front National and the fear of a ‘gay lobby’ around Marine Le Pen

Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser
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Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
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Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

New chart host Clara Amfo must placate pop's fan armies
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

The head of Veterans Aid on how his charity is changing perceptions of ex-servicemen and women in need
Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted, argues Patrick Cockburn
Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence. They are missing the point, and we all need to grow up
A Greek island - yours for the price of a London flat

A sun-kissed island - yours for the price of a London flat

Cash-strapped Greeks are selling off their slices of paradise
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Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

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Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys

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