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Taylor Swift will perform at the 2015 Brit Awards

Brit Awards 2015 line-up: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith announced as performers

The annual music event takes place in February at London's O2 Arena

Transformers: Age of Extinction was the most searched for movie in the UK in 2014

Google 2014 most searched movies: Transformers 4, American Hustle and The Lego Movie favourites with UK film fans

22 Jump Street and Dallas Buyers Club were also widely searched for this year

Marilyn Manson did not intend the Lana Del Rey rape footage to be included in one of his music videos

Marilyn Manson breaks silence on Lana Del Rey rape clip: 'I wouldn't make a video of that nature'

Shocking footage seemingly from a Manson music video leaked last month

Hilary Mantel’s new short story fantasises about a conspiracy to assassinate the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (right)

Hilary Mantel attacks critics for 'bout of froth and bile' over BBC plans to broadcast her Margaret Thatcher assassination story

Mantel's imagined killing of the former Tory PM will air on Radio 4 in January

Anna Gunn and David Tennant star in 'Gracepoint', the US version of Broadchurch

Broadchurch remake Gracepoint reveals different killer in shock finale

It was not Joe Miller who killed Danny in the US version of Broadchurch

Nick Frost as Father Christmas in the Doctor Who Christmas special

Doctor Who Christmas special: Nick Frost joins Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as badass Santa in new teaser clip

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer puts in an appearance at the North Pole

Ben Haenow is mobbed by his fellow X Factor contestants after winning the 2014 show

X Factor winner Ben Haenow topped public vote for past seven weeks - see voting breakdown

Fleur East was not the most popular contestant in any of the votes

X Factor finalist Ben Haenow

Ben Haenow crowned X Factor 2014 winner over Fleur East in final

The Croydon singer will release 'Something I Need' as his winner's single

EastEnders actor Jake Wood left Strictly Come Dancing in the semi-final

Strictly Come Dancing result: EastEnders' Jake Wood loses to Mark Wright in dance-off

Caroline Flack, Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe are all through to the 2014 final

X Factor finalists Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini

X Factor final 2014: Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini - who will be this year's winner?

Bookies' odds suggest Fleur will emerge victorious on Sunday night

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all