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With an apt rendition of "Goldfinger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for Aids research.

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Lars Von Trier’s upcoming porno Nymphomania may not have been ready for Cannes, but “real sex” has surfaced in two of the best-received films at the festival.

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Behind the Candelabra: Liberace biopic throws spotlight on gay marriage at Cannes Film Festival 2013

The relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover dazzled at the Cannes film festival yesterday and threw the spotlight on gay rights at the movie industry's largest annual gathering.

Michael Douglas plays the pianist Liberace opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's film Behind the Candelabra

Cannes Film Festival 2013 review: Behind The Candelabra - Michael Douglas brilliantly captures Liberace's showmanship

Had Hollywood been brave enough to back this made-for-TV biopic, Steven Soderbergh would be attracting serious Oscars buzz

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Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes

Regular users of the drug found to have lower levels of insulin after fasting, research shows

Man who spent years copying out the Bible nears revelation

A New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible is finally penning the last lines.

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike sells at auction for £10,600

The auction's proceeds will go to a charity helping Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS

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Complexity has been ironed out from the footballer's legacy

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Bidding on Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike closes tonight

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Bicycle at centre of 'plebgate' row put on sale on eBay by former chief whip Andrew Mitchell

All proceeds from the sale will go to charity

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Blair and Berlusconi present at grand opening to mark the rebuilding of a reputation

Lesley Fitz-Simons was known for her role in Take the High Road

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The actress Lesley Fitz-Simons literally sailed into the Scottish soap opera Take the High Road in 1983. She was first seen stepping on to land in the fictional village of Glendarroch from the ferry boat that took her character, Sheila Lamont (later Ramsay), to and from school across the water in Auchtarn. The bright teenager soon brought scandal to the tightly knit community, becoming pregnant by Eddie Ramsay, a petty criminal, during her final year at school. With her father furious, mother distressed and chances of going to university dashed, she left for Glasgow, had the baby and gave it up for adoption – not even knowing whether it was a boy or a girl.

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Madonna takes her adopted children to see their Malawi birthplace

Madonna is visiting Malawi with the two children she adopted from the impoverished African country.

Cheap generic drugs from India turned the tide against HIV and this court case means this can continue

The judges’ decision will help secure the supply of affordable medicines for millions of the world’s poorest

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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