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Shares in Mulberry plummeted nearly 30 per cent in early London trading after the luxury brand issued its third profit warning under chief executive Bruno Guillon.

Michaella McCollum Connolly, second right, and Melissa Reid, far right, after their arrest for drugs smuggling in Peru

British women accused of smuggling £1.5m of cocaine out of Peru 'to plead guilty'

Melissa Reid's lawyer is said to have agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors that could see her released within three years

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Going budget? British Airways ditches free baggage allowance on key European routes

Passengers who check in a bag will pay more than those who travel light on key short-haul routes

Film review: Diana - Naomi Watts stars in dark tale of love weighed down by princess’s baggage

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic of Diana could easily have seemed cynical and opportunistic in the extreme. Hirschbiegel is a distinguished German director who made a very well received film about Adolf Hitler in his bunker (Downfall), but it’s hard to see how that qualifies him to tell the story of the “people’s princess”.

Michaella McCollum Connolly, second right, and Melissa Reid, far right, after their arrest for drugs smuggling in Peru

Melissa Reid's father presses for police investigation of Peru drugs case

William Reid demands Spanish and British authorities investigate the circumstances of his daughter's journey from the holiday island of Ibiza

Pope Francis takes Twitter by storm in the first Papal selfie

Pope Francis has taken the Twittersphere by storm yet again with the world's first papal 'selfie'.

Peru 'drug mule' Michaella McCollum confident story of coercion will be proven after arrest over £1.5m cocaine

British women claim they were threatened at gunpoint and forced to smuggle drugs by criminal gang

Restaurant review: Plum + Spilt Milk, Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, London

Can Mark Sargeant command attention at an already bustling King's Cross, asks Lisa Markwell

The trip: A new 15-day trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express departs Budapest next October for Iran. It’s the first European train tour allowed in to the country. It will also visit Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey (mircorp.com).
Hull's Jason Crookes has recovered in time to play

Challenge Cup: Hull fired up to fuel dreams of 1985 repeat

The Hull coach, Peter Gentle, will rely on a couple of Crook(e)s to help him lift the Challenge Cup today, though neither Ben Crooks nor Jason Crookes were expected to be on the Wembley team-sheet a few weeks ago.

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From finding the nearest rural inn to a new look for family holiday specialists

A lost age of flying with glamour

When did you last go on a plane journey that wasn’t completely full?

Spanish police 'doubts' over claims by girls from UK arrested in Peru on cocaine charges

Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly, both 20, are accused of trying to smuggle £1.5m worth of cocaine

Tim Key: ‘I had bought provisions for my stay in the Lakes. Sausages and Hula Hoops’

This week I went to a little cottage in the Lake District. I went there on my own, partly to write, partly to breathe in air from the mountains and waterfalls and partly to see whether I could spend five days in complete isolation. No internet. No phone reception. No make-up. No nothing. Would I flourish? Or would I fold, destroy the cottage and then have a difficult conversation with my mum’s friend Barbara, who owns it?

Edinburgh 2013: Holes - A new play from Tom Basden, one of the UK's most talented young comedy writers

There's an invigorating flair and ambition to Holes, and not just because it begins with a walk along a blustery beach. Audiences are bused out of town to a "secret seaside location", where, following that bracing stroll, they end up seated around a super-sized sandpit, lit by a huge, throbbing orange sun like something out of Tate's Turbine Hall.

Young girls can behave in a predatory manner. I should know

Aged 14 I looked much older, and used to enjoy enticing men

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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