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A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

Marina Pepper, activist

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Protesters gathered outside Vedanta's AGM in London yesterday

Mining giant's AGM under siege over rights abuses

Institutional investors in Vedanta echoed concerns of environmental activists outside

Julian Assange's celebrity backers 'surprised' but supportive of bail breach bid for political asylum

Julian Assange’s backers expressed surprise at his shock move to seek asylum at the Ecuador Embassy but continued to give him their support, despite the potential loss of £200,000 in bail money.

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Julian Assange to hear extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will learn next week if he has won or lost his High Court bid to block extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.

Florence and the Machine, Hackney Empire, London

Hackney may be a world away from her last public engagement on the Paris catwalks, but Florence Welch refuses to stint onglamour at the launch of her second album. When the red curtains finally pull back,they reveal an elegant, art nouveau backdrop, white set and the star herself in full-length, bronze satin gown.

Death and the Maiden, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

What better work to inaugurate the newly named Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy) than Death and the Maiden? Pinter was a friend of Ariel Dorfman, and, influentially, championed this 1990 piece. With its focus on the after-effects of political torture and the hideously vexed issue ofhow you achieve justice in a society emerging from violent dictatorship, the play’s revival now feels particularly timely in the light of post- Gaddafi Libya.

Selena Gomez outshines boyfriend Justin Bieber at Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards - one more than her boyfriend Justin Bieber.

Call to scrap human rights watchdog

The UK's human-rights watchdog should be scrapped because it contributes "very little to meaningful equality", a think-tank claims in a report issued today.

High Court appoints its first Sikh judge

Rabinder Singh QC has become the first Sikh to be made a judge in the High Court, and will wear a turban rather than a traditional judicial wig when he takes up the appointment later this year.

DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer, EIV (For rental & retail)

Matthew McConaughey is typically smug in this hard-boiled LA crime story, but for once the smugness suits his character, a fast-talking attorney who specialises in getting guilty clients off on technicalities.

DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer (15)

The Lincoln Lawyer, like most John Grisham movie adaptations, is chiefly enjoyable for its cameos (also see Gary Busey in The Firm and Will Patton in The Client).

Video: The Wanted's Nathan staying single

Nathan from The Wanted receives a death threat from a jealous fan and he gets told he looks like Emma Watson.

Laurie Penny: So this is what girl power meant for Victoria Beckham

As her celebrity stock grew, Victoria herself seemed to shrink

Vilified QC in Bellfield case 'just doing his job'

When Jeffrey Samuels QC agreed to defend in court one of the most infamous British murderers of the past decade, he must have known it would prove an unpopular brief.

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Spanx launches range of jeans

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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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