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Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Magistrates Court

Justin Lee Collins' ex-girlfriend denies £20,000 blackmail attempt

The ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins today denied attempting to blackmail the comedian after they broke up.

Album: Papa Roach, The Connection (Eleven Seven)

Great art often springs from trauma.

Face to Watch: Arlissa, Singer, 19

"It wasn't until I was on the plane home that I suddenly realised, wow, I just did a track with Nas. It's been an incredible opportunity."

This gloriously British mug is one of a collection from The Contemporary Home, the website that sells cool retro home accessories and furnishings. The seven mugs depict sunny seaside scenes starring seagulls and beach-huts. Perfect for cheering up a chilly summer's day. £9.99 each, tch.net
Riot police at the Markikana mine yesterday

Mine 'bloodbath' shocks post-apartheid South Africa

Police shot dead more than 30 at Marikana mine; Brutal images shock post-apartheid South Africa; President Zuma cuts short Mozambique trip; World platinum prices spike, Lonmin shares slump

Victoria Summerley: Help! The A-level results are about to hit us

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Felicity Ward: Prickly about the subject of marriage

Returning to Edinburgh after three years, the Australian TV sketch show star and stand-up, Felicity Ward, is one of the most charismatic performers you're likely to see at the Fringe. Unfortunately, her exuberance sometimes falls into the "gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta act" category.

Felicity Ward: The Hedgehog Dilemma, Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Returning to Edinburgh after three years, the established Australian television sketch show star and stand-up Felicity Ward is one of the most charismatic performers you are likely to see at the Fringe this year. Unfortunately, her exuberance sometimes falls into the “gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta act” category.

A desolate Murray Mount as the British number 1 slipped to defeat in yesterday's Wimbledon final

Howard Jacobson: Murray let us think the unthinkable – where does that leave us now?

It's hard to think of any other sport where the relationship between player and fan is so close

Album: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ashes and Roses (Rounder)

You might think that 12 million album sales and five Grammys later, singersongwriter Chapin Carpenter might have lightened up a little.

Fashion doyenne Daphne Guinness has donated 102 items of clothing to Christie's

Trending: Christie's becomes the go-to haute charity shop

She's a walking fashionplate, a couture-clad collector. So why is Daphne Guinness selling her clothes?

Finance legend George Soros says Germany has only three months to save the euro

Soros warns of three-month window to save the single currency

The billionaire finance sage George Soros has told Germany it has three months to save the euro – and prevent the disintegration of the European Union.

Norah Jones, Royal Festival Hall, London

Norah Jones’ look and manner seem to come from the kooky-but-cool Zooey Deschanel school of style. In canary yellow dress, bright red Fender and fluffy-fringed, dark hair, she purrs with a sweet voice: “How are you up in the top? So high! I like my audiences high!...Kinda kidding...”

Tim Walker: Blame the music, not Graham Norton

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Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

Adele thanks the critics for her double triumph

Most stars enjoy giving two fingers to music critics. But Adele has admitted that the writers who told her to raise her game helped her score a double triumph at the Ivor Novello awards.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste