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Kevin Spacey will executive-produce and star in a new series for Netflix.

A woman has been jailed for four years for stalking the actor Kevin Spacey

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Not even a contender six weeks ago the daughter of a rubber tapper is now the front-runner

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Businessman Krishna Maharaj has served 28 years in a Florida prison but has always maintained his innocence

His conviction for double murder has always looked dodgy. But a legal travesty may finally be put right

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Observers across five US states reported seeing a lengthy flash across the night sky earlier this month

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President Obama ruled out the involvement of ground forces at a visit to the US Central Command at Tampa, Florida, yesterday

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Deals with Boeing and SpaceX will end reliance on Russia to carry astronauts into orbit

Deals with Boeing and SpaceX will end reliance on Russia to carry astronauts into orbit

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Marvin Gaye’s children are suing singer and co-writers, claiming ‘Blurred Lines’ is a copy of ‘Got to Give it Up’

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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it

When Elizabeth Stringer Keefe was given a wedding photo that had been found at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11, it became her mission to try to track down the people in the picture, dead or alive, in the hope of returning the snap to its rightful owner. Thirteen years later, she has finally been able to do just that. Simon Usborne hears her extraordinary story

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Scientists hope the project will help answer questions on climate change by monitoring air movements over the rainforest

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Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico on Sunday

Hurricane Odile hit Baja California early on Monday, damaging resorts and ripping trees from their roots

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A news anchor working for an Illinois news channel told viewers on the show he has brain cancer and only six months to live.

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Actress Daniele Watts was detained by LAPD after being mistaken for a prostitute

Hollywood actress was mistaken for a prostitute by the LAPD after she was seen kissing her husband in the street

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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