News London Mayor Boris Johnson is to face a High Court probe over allegations he banned an advert to boost his election campaign.

The Chritsian group The Core Issues Trust has accused Boris Johnson of banning the advert for political gain

Gay rights groups vow to fight back as North Carolina votes to bar same-sex marriages

Rocked by an overwhelming vote in favour of amending the state constitution to bar same-sex marriages, gay rights groups across North Carolina today vowed to fight back with demonstrations in several cities in the coming days.

Tunbridge Wells' Forum scores NME top music venue award

Royal Tunbridge Wells may be the traditional voice of Middle England’s morality but the busybodies are in danger of being drowned out after one of its nightspots was named the best small music venue in the UK.

Hagai Amir, right, greets his supporters yesterday after being released from prison

I am proud of what I did, says Rabin murder accomplice as he walks free

The brother of the man who murdered the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin walked free yesterday after 16-and-a-half years in jail for being an accomplice, declaring that he was "proud" of what he did.

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Sixteen men and women have pleaded not guilty to a spate of bizarre hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio.

DVD: The Ledge (15)

Terrence Howard's cop is tasked with talking down a potential jumper, Gavin (Charlie Hunnam), from a tall building in Baton Rouge.

See the RSC's Written on the Heart for £35

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US lawmaker Bobby Rush dons hoodie in appeal over Trayvon Martin killing

A national debate over the killing of a black teenager in Florida spilled into the House of Representatives on Wednesday when a Democratic lawmaker put on a hoodie - an item of clothing that has become emblematic of those protesting police handling of the case.

Chalk Talk: Headteachers give Michael Gove something to think about

Education Secretary Michael Gove showed a touch of humility when he addressed the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders at the weekend.

Santorum tightens grip on Bible Belt with Louisiana win

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary this weekend, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the race to challenge President Barack Obama.

Seven-year manhunt for 'Australia's most wanted' fugitive Malcolm Naden ends

After seven years on the run, Australia's most wanted man was finally behind bars today following a police raid prompted by a tip-off.

St Asaph's high street

St Asaph: The proud little town that became a city for just £300

For years, St Asaph thought it was a city, but was not. Now, for 10p a head, it's a big shot after all

For sale: All you need to stage your own opera

After 20 years of producing operas in stadiums, arenas and other unusual venues around the world, Companions Amsterdam is putting away its songbooks and shutting up shop for the last time, after its retiring director, Peter Kroone, failed to find anyone to fill his shoes.

Fans of this £1,436 dress worn by Jennifer Lopez, can hire it for only £157

Can't afford that snazzy jacket? Then lease it

Renting desirable but expensive outfits is the new way to shop

Ian Burrell: To fashionistas, 'Vogue' is tangible; something you hold in your hand

Quinn's Book is a slim volume that the veteran publisher of Vogue takes with him to meetings with the media agencies which make the key decisions on where to spend the advertising budgets of big brands.

Album: John Eliot Gardiner, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (SDG)

With their Howard Hodgkin cover images, John Eliot Gardiner's series of Brahms symphonies may be the most beautiful items in the CD racks.

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