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Leveson Inquiry: 'NOTW should have closed earlier', says Rupert Murdoch

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Two decades after he pleaded "can't we all just get along?" Rodney King has re-visited the scene of the Los Angeles riots, speaking publicly about his many brushes with the justice system and discussing the latest racially sensitive court case to divide America.

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Simon Cowell admits he 'had a crush' on his fellow X Factor judge, Dannii Minogue

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The news that Simon Cowell supposedly had a fling with his fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue filled the weekend's tabloids. The story comes from Tom Bower's new biography of the publicity-friendly music mogul, in which Cowell admitted that he "had a crush" on Minogue, adding, "it was genuine love".

Book signing: Readers show they care yesterday in Barnet, north London

Keep on borrowing: Libraries refuse to die

In north London, book-lovers have put David Cameron's Big Society into practice. And nationwide the issue has struck a chord

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Family has always been a significant theme in Loudon Wainwright's work, and never more so than here, where the familiar inter-generational problems are mingled with reflections on ageing.

Stile Antico, Wigmore Hall

If you want proof of the extent to which ‘early music’ is now enshrined in our culture, look no further than the packed Wigmore Hall on Easter Sunday, where the a cappella group Stile Antico were singing Renaissance motets which not so long ago would have drawn a small cohort of sandalled beardies and flower-maidens.

Keith Waterhouse, author of Billy Liar, in later life

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Unpublished autobiography written at 22 reveals the inspiration for the novel

Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim, By John Guy

Sub-titles are usually where publishers try to hype up a book, or give its subject a headline-making spin. So Viking should be congratulated for their Ronseal-like directness – "what it says on the tin" – in tagging John Guy's biography of Thomas Becket as "a story retold". For the tale of the 12th-century Archbishop of Canterbury and the king who appointed him, but came to rue the day and saw him murdered in his cathedral, is even on the primary-school curriculum.

Wrongs Hushed Up, By Hamish Ross

These nine stories are a surprise. Ostensibly about conflict, and those caught up in the business of war, they come at their subject sideways, not from an explosive, terrorised frontline, but from the quieter voices of child civilians, an accidental spy, a former wren at a commemoration ceremony.

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Archie Bland: The tall task for South Africans wanting Mandela role

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Can anyone ever fully recover from the trauma of war, especially if it rips apart your childhood? Although Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien is far too subtle a writer use this obvious framework, Dogs at the Perimeter explores the aftermath of war with a quiet power.

Anne Nolan: "I felt nothing when my father died. But telling the truth about him changed everything"

Four years ago Anne Nolan spoke out after a childhood of abuse. She explains what happened next

Iron War, by Matt Fitzgerald

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Thinking the Twentieth Century, By Tony Judt, with Timothy Snyder

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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