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Edinburgh Festival fireworks secured until 2017 — THE future of the spectacular fireworks finale to Edinburgh's festivals season has been secured until at least 2017. Fergus Linehan, the incoming director of the Edinburgh International Festival, has announced an extension to the lucrative sponsorship deal with Virgin Money which was struck in 2011.

Rats on the rampage at Louvre Museum in Paris — RATS are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum in France. The rats are so bold they run on to the grass in broad daylight, scaring tourists visiting the site. The hot weather in Paris has brought out many picnicking visitors, whose rubbish left in the garden is a feast for the rats.

Glasgow 2014: Ojo wins medal, pulls down shorts — WHAT is it with table tennis and outlandish celebrations at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games? Last week we were subjected to the sight of Team Scotland's Gavin Rumgay giving himself a wedgie and showing off his boxer shorts after winning a point against Canadian opponent Pierre-Luc Theriault.

Forget Commonwealth medal tables, remember stories — ON DAY two of the Beijing Olympics, one Sunday newspaper indulged in a little hand-wringing over the failure of any of the British cyclists to finish the men's road race. If it wasn't a disaster then it was certainly a portent of one. The question had to be asked: had the wheels fallen off already?