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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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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam