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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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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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