Jason Orange leaves Take That - Twitter reacts: 'He lay in my lap during an interview. I rank this above my wedding day & giving birth'

Grief and cynicism flood the internet over the exit of Take That’s Jason Orange

Charlie Hunnam: Thinks geordies have nothing to fear from alien invaders

Charlie Hunnam suffered 'nervous breakdown': Sons of Anarchy actor turned down Fifty Shades of Grey role due to health problems

'I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn't transition from Jax Teller', the actor said during a recent interview

Sophie Ellis Bextor interview: How motherhood helped (not hindered) her career and why she won't boycott Russia over anti-gay laws

The singer, who has just released new single "The Deer and the Wolf" and is about to embark on tour, speaks exclusively to The Independent

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Simone Battle dead: GRL band member took her own life, Los Angeles coroner rules

The band said in a statement that they plan to 'carry her memory with us in everything we do'

Blu Cantrell 'hospitalised and sectioned' after police called to erratic outburst in California

Cantrell, whose real name is Tiffany Cobb, has remained reclusive and away from the media spotlight, last appearing on TV in 2008

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Lorde’s Royals is the perfect way to herd cows farmer proves

Presumably the singer didn’t foresee the mesmerising affect her music would have on cattle

Beyonce flawless remix: Singer finally addresses Jay Z and Solange lift fight

'Of course sometimes s*** goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator,' she sings in a new remix

Massive Attack visit Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: 'All of them have a right to a life of dignity and beauty'

The band will stage a fundraising concert in the country this evening to raise money for the ambulance service in Gaza

Festival fans enjoy the music in the sunshine

Summer adventure on a student budget? Festivals in Europe may be your ideal retreat

As summer fast approaches and student budgets dwindle, you find yourself stuck in a dilemma when planning your summer getaway. Festival or holiday? Your poor party-animal heart, torn between hearing this year's best live music, or jetting off to a new, exciting country to unwind and let go. But what if you could do both without breaking the bank? It's easier and more affordable than you think.

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The best six TV series to 'help' student procrastinators

With exam season over and only the odd assignment on the horizon, all this spare time should be appreciated. Instead of spending this time doing something like extra reading or socialising with your mates, why not be productive and watch some of the best TV series available online?

Coming to a screen near you: New talent

It's never been easier to make a film of your own. But what's the best way to get it seen?

Six things I’ve learnt watching Fresh Meat

When Fresh Meat first aired in 2011, I had just gone through the ordeal most commonly known as Fresher’s week. Interested to know how Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain would portray university life, I at first found Fresh Meat surprisingly realistic... except that university students do work some of the time, but that wouldn’t make for very entertaining television.

Pranks: A sign of a healthy local student population

50 things to do before you leave university

University is a very special time in your life. There are some incredible opportunities for personal growth. And also for being very, very silly. Studentbeans is all about this (plus, of course, the freebies, discounts and money saving - join now, it's free!) - so they've created this handy list to work through before you leave uni. How many have you already done?

Welcome to a new kind of student film festival

The British Student Film Festival awards are on in London tomorrow, a culmination of a monthlong tour of the UK

Interview with... Mylo: The musician and record producer looks back

The musician and record producer recalls uni life
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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