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The National are Ellis' favourite band

Pinterest introduces Place Pins service to 'turn inspiration into reality'

Social media website that allows users to curate their favourite content has moved from pictures of cupcakes to global travel

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Political Takeout Podcast: Tax, blocking child pornography, and Rob Ford's out-of-office activities

Political Takeout is a funny but informed review of the week’s news and politics

'The atmosphere was strange too. Only two of the stands are opened so it is like watching a reserves game at times'

The O Zone: How we saved Robbie from the torture of life without a club

The O Zone: Behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

GTA 5 online updates: Beach Bum DLC pack and Casino Heist rumours

‘Opening Soon’ sign on already in-game casino is behind the rumours

Steven Taylor has apologised for sending out a bizarre tweet which could be construed as racist
Naomi Campbell won substantial damages and an apology from The Daily Telegraph in January

Defamation cases brought against media companies fall sharply

The High Court drama of the big libel hearing is becoming a rarity. New research shows there has been a sharp fall in the number of cases for defamation brought against media companies, despite a succession of press scandals and Parliament's demand for a new regulator of the newspaper industry.

Twitter and Facebook aren't just competing for users – they're moving into the same London building

Twitter flies nest after Facebook moves in: Micro-blogging site ditches plan for new HQ after rival social network sets sights on same building

Zuckerberg’s social network ruffles rival’s feathers by moving into same London building

Smilebombs: The Free Help Guy's latest campaign to make your day better

Spreading the happiness with the Free Help People

Coming out, and out, and out again

Transgender felt like a negative label. I drafted and redrafted before posting the Facebook status and changing my name. Everybody knew. It was a huge relief.

Putin is a 'proud buff dude' and Russia should not be vilified for anti-gay laws ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, says US swimmer

Richard Alther appeals to Russia President to treat gay athletes with compassion and respect

Microsoft details Xbox One Friends App with Twitter-style friends feed

The new app includes features such as the ability to follow friends and a real-time Activity Feed

Kim Jong-un and the curious case of the fake trousers and 'fuzzy' legs...

Keen-eyed bloggers notice tell-tale details which suggest the leader and his comrades have been photoshopped in

Apple rumoured to introduce two new iPads October 22nd

New tablets will likely include updated processors and slimmer designs

Brits spend one in 12 waking minutes online

More time spent living on the web has been matched by an increased spend from companies on online ads

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

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
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all