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Cameron Diaz honoured on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cameron Diaz has become the latest celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Candid Cameron Diaz

You may think that Cameron Diaz's latest role, playing the mother of a dying child, is a blatant Oscar bid – but she denies it. The actress tells Gill Pringle what her real motivation is for taking on such a hard-hitting part

Catherine Townsend: Cameron Diaz defends child-free women

So Cameron Diaz has spoken out in defence of women who don't want children by telling Cosmopolitan magazine that women are 'afraid to say that they don't want children because they're going to get shunned.'

Cameron Diaz: Women who don't want children fear being shunned

Women fear being shunned if they say they do not want children, Cameron Diaz has said.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/open-air-cremat.html">Minority Report: Open air cremations, a seriously hot potato</a>

On Tuesday we published a report about how a 69-year-old Hindu "guru" from Newcastle is launching a High Court battle next month to try and enshrine in law the right to cremate bodies in the open.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/sikh-and-muslim.html">Minority Report: Freshers week 'seduction website' angers Sikhs</a>

Sikhs have angrily condemned a website (left) which appears to be run by young male Muslims and boasts about seducing Sikh women during freshers week at university.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/minority_report/index.html" target="_blank">Minority Report: Has Ian Blair shot himself in the foot?</a>

So the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has finally succeeded in forcing out his increasingly troublesome nemesis and No 3 Tarique Ghaffur (the pair are pictured together in 2005).

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/minority_report/index.html" target="_blank">Minority Report: Is there really any animosity between Britain's Sikhs and Muslims?</a>

In the past few days two reports have highlighted what may indicate rising tensions between Britain's Sikh and Muslim communities and if they are correct should we be worried?

The greatest hits of Don LaFontaine

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Legal Bills: The intolerable cruelty of finding the right lawyer

Ahead of a shake-up in the market, how to ensure you get justice with your legal bill

BAA backs &pound;10.3bn Spanish takeover

The airports operator BAA looked set for foreign ownership today after it backed a £10.3 billion takeover offer from Spanish consortium Ferrovial.

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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