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Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Science and Education

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Alexander McCall Smith: The author on the lie of 'failed' Africa, swearing in public, and travels with his teapot

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The firebrand preacher Al Sharpton has been leading the protests in Ferguson

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Chris Saul, the senior partner at Slaughter and May law firm in London

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Lee Evans: Comedy's Duracell bunny is winding down after a frenetic 30 years

His frenetic routines have had audiences in stitches for 30 years. Now the slapstick supremo’s had enough

David Abraham has been at the helm of Channel 4 since 2010

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Mr Kassig started running more aid missions into Syria, even though most Westerners – concerned at the growing risks – had stopped entering

The man who inspired Band Aid has mutated into a grumpy old nostalgist desperate for a platform for his prejudices

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