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Nato reports sightings of Russian tanks and troops entering eastern Ukraine

Nato has observed columns of Russian tanks, artillery and troops entering eastern Ukraine in the past two days, the military alliance’s senior commander in Europe said.<p>Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported on Tuesday seeing a convoy of 43 unmarked …

6 beds that made history

To most of us, our bed is simply a place for rest and relaxation at the end of a long day. But, as Richard Jackson from the Wooden Furniture Store …

Queen: 10 of the best album tracks

1 The Night Comes Down<p>All the elements that would make Queen great – Freddie Mercury’s octave-hurdling vocals, Brian May’s synthesiser-disdaining guitar work and an embarrassment of songwriting talent – were present on their first two albums. But at this embryonic stage, the group seemed unsure of …

Unpublished Raymond Chandler work discovered in Library of Congress

An early, never-before-published work by crime novelist Raymond Chandler has been discovered in the Library of Congress in Washington.<p>The 48-page libretto to the comic opera The Princess and the Pedlar, with music by Julian Pascal, has hidden in plain sight at the library since its copyright was …

Celebrating five years of the Guardian children's books site

The Guardian is changing how it covers children’s books – here we look back at some of the highlights of the Guardian children’s books site since 2011<p>The Guardian children’s books site began on World Book Day 2011 with this video featuring some of our very first members. A host of authors joined in …

Tom Kerridge’s 10 dishes of Christmas

This Christmas is a bit uncertain at my end. It’s the first year in many that my wife Beth and I haven’t known where we’ll be on December 25th. Having just opened another restaurant, I have my work cut out for me in Marlow, so we may well just stay put. But the one thing I am sure about this …

The Grandmaster review – thrilling but often incoherent martial arts epic

“Kung fu. Two words – horizontal, vertical. Make a mistake; horizontal. Stay standing and you win… ” After the false steps of Wong Kar-wai’s <i>My Blueberry Nights</i>, the Hong Kong auteur’s first US project, which found him if not horizontal then at least perilously oblique, this latest film sees him …

Do we really need all those endless updates to iTunes?

Leave a product alone for a year and people – even those who love it – assume it’s been forgotten<p>“What’s happened to the song list?” Complaints of that sort have been loud and long since Apple updated iTunes in October. The new version is officially iTunes 12 – though there have been so many …

Starry Oregon Skies Sparkle in Breathtaking Milky Way Photo Series

Ben Coffman spends his nights capturing the starry skies of Oregon, and the results are astonishing. The Portland-based photographer frequents Crater Lake and other iconic Oregon vistas during odd hours to achieve awe-inspiring, long-exposure shots showcasing the Milky Way.<p>The effortless natural …

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The best architecture books of 2014

Rowan Moore picks the year’s best architecture books, from a study of Latin American cities to a dictionary of Duchamp<p>Some of this year’s best books about architecture are about something else, and touch the Mother of the Arts only tangentially. This is as it should be: architecture only really …