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Apple's latest press conference confirmed one thing. Not that the corporation gives great shiny tech, nor that it has a way with pixels (well, could you fit 3.1 million of the blighters on to a product the size of a small tray?). Whatever, we knew all that.

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McCartney brings curtain up in Paris with a flash of British style

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday at the Hôtel de Ville, the neo-Gothic city hall, and a reminder of the French capital's historic power and grandeur. Beneath the building's monumental, gilded, vaulted ceiling, models stepped out in the sort of oversized broad-shouldered masculine tailoring that is sweeping the runways and looks set to be a major trend.

World's first sex trafficking opera to premiere in UK

Groundbreaking production about women forced into prostitution opens in Liverpool this week

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Unlike most of their peer Sixties songwriting/production teams, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer didn't work with one eye lovingly trained on Broadway musical theatre, but remained focused on their first love, pop.

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Slow but perfectly formed

Sloths are all the rage but, asks Simon Usborne, what is it about the curious creatures that appeals to us?

'Sloths are full of surprises... some studies show they sleep for as few as 10 hours a day'

The slow shall inherit the earth

Why are sloths the darling of the internet? Simon Usborne studies the science of our obsession with furry animals

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Singer stuns music industry by saying she wants to give romance a chance

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Having ridden out the ignominy of being the only Mercury Award winner not to significantly profit from that success, Speech Debelle shows some welcome signs of maturity on this follow-up.

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A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a school friend he claimed had pestered him for sex.

Teenager 'murdered for practising witchcraft', court hears

A British Congolese couple tortured a teenage boy to death on Christmas Day because they believed he was practising witchcraft in a “staggering act of depravity and cruelty”, a court heard today.

Sinead O'Connor reunites with husband

Sinead O'Connor has reunited with her husband, a week after they split. 

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Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Ready To Wear: The last thing we need after Christmas is serious fashion

Feeling liverish, as your granny used to say? The good news is that this is the one time of year when it is nothing short of uncouth to consider wearing anything remotely fashionable and, even more so, tight-fitting and/or fabulously transformative.

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Sarah Millican: Gossip girl

She's the unlikeliest comedy hit of the year – the one-time lowly civil servant from South Shields whose total candour and killer punchlines have won her a vast audience

Man jailed for killing girlfriend

A man who killed his girlfriend by putting a plastic bag over her head was jailed for 10 years today.

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