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American Apparel chief Dov Charney is back... but it's not what you think

Controversial founder set to return as 'consultant' while the investigation into alleged misconduct continues

L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs

L'Oreal confirms Axelle Despiegelaere's contract with the French beauty behemoth has "been completed"

Apple victory after EU top court says store designs may be registered as trademarks

European Court of Justice argues a store can be a trademark if 'the layout departs significantly' from competitors

A wooden house collapsed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri in Naha, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa

Neoguri storm leaves 'three dead, dozens injured' as it sweeps Japan

At least three people have died after Neoguri storm sent mud and rock tumbling down across Japan

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gestures while watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game

Donald Sterling lashes out at wife Shelly Sterling over Clippers sale: 'Get away from me, you pig'

Sterling claimed his wife is terrified of the NBA and is incapable of running the family trustee in bizarre court rant

Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo

The 17-year old will star in a series of online "beauty tutorials" for the cosmetics behemoth L'Oreal

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his Sunday address

Scandal-hit Vatican bank turns to French financier for redemption

Vatican bank has come under scrutiny over allegations of corruption, money laundering and lack of transparency

Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten

Lord Patten appointed head of Vatican media committee

Vatican aims to modernise and re-vamp its online presence and communications strategy to reach wider audience

Brazil fans react during the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014.

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: How top economists got their predictions completely wrong

Goldman Sachs, Unicredit and Danske Bank all predicted Brazil would win the World Cup. Germany disagrees.

Pope Francis at the weekly papal audience in Rome, January 2014

Vatican bank profits collapse after clean-up

The Vatican's secretive bank has reported a huge decline in profits and blocked thousands of accounts following an annus horribilis for the institution, marred by allegations of corruption and money laundering.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice