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Amir Khan: The two-time world champion boxer on Muhammad Ali, training during Ramadan, and why he loves Bolton

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

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

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Peter Kassig (with his father, Ed) set up a charity responding to medical emergencies

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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

Michael Buerk: The moralist with a microphone

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How John Grant emerged from the booze and cocaine to find happiness (in Iceland...)

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