Arts and Entertainment It began here: Oliver Stone's series gives an account of US foreign policy since 1945

Unsure of global politics since the war? Don't worry, Oliver Stone has it all sewn up

Rumours of deal on Express spark media share surge

Dramatic signals: Frenzy of speculation about newspaper and television consolidation grips markets, while long-awaited cable shake-up begins

Is hers the toughest job in Fleet Street?

The 'Sunday Express' has endured a 25-year decline. But the rot stops here, says its new editor. Sue Douglas talks to Rebecca Fowler

Letter: Whitbread: the judges' choice

From Mr Simon Tait

Ashby faces ruin after libel case

REBECCA FOWLER

Ashby 'paid over the odds' for flat

David Ashby, the Tory MP, paid over the odds for a flat in south-west London, after he separated from his wife, because he was so keen to live next door to a male friend, according to the woman who sold it to him.

Wife claims Ashby threatened to kill her

REBECCA FOWLER

Global village prepares to welcome Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil, the combative former editor of the Sunday Times, has landed a major BBC chat show a year after his planned American prime time programme failed to materialise.

MP tells of furious wife's 'Queenie' jibe

Ashby libel case: Court hears men fled as 'all hell broke loose'

Wife hurled knives at MP over 'gay affair'

David Ashby MP once had to lock himself and an elderly male friend in their rooms when his estranged wife began throwing knives and plates after accusing them of having an affair, the High Court heard yesterday.

Tory MP sues over 'gay' report

The Tory MP David Ashby sued for libel yesterday over a newspaper report which he says claimed he was a homosexual, liar and hypocrite.

'Telegraph' delay on succession

Britain's highest selling broadsheet, the Daily Telegraph, remained rudderless last night as a fourth deadline for the appointment of a new editor passed without a decision.

words : Robust

VOGUE words come and go. Fabulous is pretty well finished, and fascinating has been sent packing, to eke out its days among the second-rate blurb- writers. In the 1960s desperately was the in-word for very. Another 30 years back, the chatterers' expression for bad was wan, for good divine (today we'd think they meant pale or godlike).

Preview RECOMMENDED VIEWING THIS WEEKEND Martha Graham - the Dancer Revealed Sat 7.35pm BBC2 Is This Your Life? Sat 9.45pm C4 Witness: The Shadow of Hiroshima Sun 9.40pm C4

The most splendid activity pursuable in sultry weather is not to exert oneself into a perspiring shambles in the name of "health" or "fitness", but to watch other people doing so. Hence the popularity of Wimbledon and Test cricket, and hence also the attraction of the BBC's admirable new Summer Dance season.

Preview RECOMMENDED VIEWING THIS WEEKEND by Gerard Gilbert

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Chosen few given taste of success at Aspen eyrie

"Take your ties off," a beaming Rupert Murdoch told his assembled News Corporation executives and VIP guests who had been flown to his eyrie in Aspen, Colorado, from every corner of the world.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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