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The Temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra which Isis destroyed at the weekend
A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London

Twitter users get angry as Lush release incense inspired by London riots while Burger plan the McWhopper

There's also a German Enigma coding machine from the 1930s going up against an Apple-1 computer at auction

Ageing juvenile Andy Greenstreet is still living in a bachelor flatshare, with no known dependents

It is sometimes hinted that Andy is getting a bit long in the tooth for this kind of lifestyle. Such intimations, he is sure, can be put down to envy

Middle Class Problems: When you complain about invasive species like Japanese knotweed, you start to sound a bit racist

Fallopia japonica has taken up residence on the canal towpath alongside Laura Whelan's house

Crowning glory: the last novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, who died in March, stars the witch, Tiffany Aching

We're lucky to have Terry Pratchett's latest novel

How to tell the perfect bedtime tale

Chocolate labs are the well-meaning but renegade splinter group of this usually dependable breed

Did I tell you about my labrador? A perilous mix of shameless and not quite the full shilling

In the past fortnight Betty has eaten a 50ml bottle of Sandalwood beard oil, a beloved home-nurtured rosemary plant, and a large tub of Philadelphia cream cheese

Richard Keys has now, as Partridge would put it, bounced back after his 2011 'resignation' from Sky

Qatar hero: How Richard Keys provided the week's most Partridge moment

The former Sky Sports anchor welcomed a camera crew into his Doha home...

Charysse is an enigmatic chanteuse whose album gave rise to a series of extraordinary videos

Curiously, journalists summoned to interview Charysse at her family home in Acton discovered a somewhat elfin woman, keen on the poetry of the Romantic era

The adaptation of 'Elf' may be one for hardcore Will Ferrell fans only

Elf warning: Ticket prices for musical adaptation of Will Ferrell film are lacking in Christmas cheer

Maybe spend a tenth of the money booking for the local panto instead

Refugees, mostly Syrian, on the border of Greece and Macedonia last week

Migrant crisis: Only by working together can EU states hope to deal with refugees fleeing violence, poverty and drought

World View: Last month, 110,000 irregular migrants were detected on the EU’s frontiers

We're Brits abroad (but keep it under your hat)

Turkey in August is extremely hot, and headgear of some sort is necessary. But what style?

Alison Taylor on relationships: The late-night taxi is intrinsic to modern 'romance'

It's the will-I-won't-I in-between-land where reality is suspended

Bring me my beau with a Union Jack waistcoat - I need a ticket for the Last Night of the Proms

If I want to weep during 'Jerusalem' I will. I have done far stupider things to music
Hillary Clinton peers over a podium while addressing an audience on the campaign trail in North Charleston.

Self-serving stance on emails is doing Hillary Clinton no favours

Usborne  in the USA: At the very least, the presidential hopeful seems guilty of poor judgement

Khaled Asaad, the Director of Antiquities and Museum in Palmyra, in front of a rare 1st century sarcophagus, one of the finest sculptures in Palmyra

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

After a month, the militants realised that Khaled  al-Asaad knew nothing – or would say nothing – and so they decapitated the old man and strung his torso to a Roman pillar

Suicide claims more young lives than road accidents in Korea, where stress is widespread

Why Korean children rank below England as the worst nation for child happiness

With the job market increasingly tight and admission to top universities essential to finding positions in conglomerates, most parents keep their children at their desks until at least 10pm

Rescuers carry a victim from the site of Syrian government airstrikes in Douma, a suburb of Damascus

Syria civil war: Civilians in Damascus pay the price for those in the provinces in conflict's balance of horror

There are no good guys on either side, and the more cornered each becomes, the more they strike at the innocent

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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