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Rupert Murdoch’s hopes of drawing a line under the financially toxic phone-hacking scandal will be derailed in the High Court on Friday when details of more hacking victims are announced.

Hugh Grant said he would donate the damages to the Hacked Off campaign

Hugh Grant wins ‘substantial’ damages against the News of the World

The actor Hugh Grant has become the latest victim of phone hacking to settle his damages claim against the News of the World.

The Secret Olympian, by Anon

If there's any secret, it's that those seduced by the title into expecting explosive revelations will be disappointed. Because this is an interesting, insightful examination of the experience of being an Olympic athlete rather than a sensational exposé, and all the better for that.

Charlotte Church with her mother Maria

Judge warns Rupert Murdoch: Your trials aren't over

Last-minute £500,000 deal with Charlotte Church puts an end to one high-profile hacking court case – but others are imminent

Cherie Blair criticised for leniency

The barrister wife of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair was criticised by the Court of Appeal today for not sending a cocaine smuggler to jail when sitting as a judge at a Crown Court.

Business Diary: The perfect event for Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair is an excellent choice as the keynote speaker for a forthcoming conference aimed at women entrepreneurs. Her career achievements have been all the more impressive for the fact that she has had to cope with the distractions of her husband's job. Still, the name of the event in question might raise a few eyebrows given the way the Blair family has amassed so many assets in recent times. The summit for entrepreneurial women, to be held at Imperial College in June, is entitled "We Own It".

Sarah Sands: Cherie swoons again, but who can blame her?

The response to Cherie Blair's unprompted declaration that her husband "still excites me in every possible way" has ranged from sceptical to squeamish. What is wrong with her? She has terrible form in this area. Who can forget her panting memories about "fancying" Tony "rotten" on first sight and going straight from the 74 bus to bed. Or the "contraceptive equipment" she lustfully abandoned before going to Balmoral. Some commentators have accused her of protesting too much. I doubt it. If you have read Tony Blair's autobiography, The Joy of Sex, I mean The Journey, you will know that the strangest things set him off. As he decides to run for the Labour leadership, Blair is "cradled" in his wife's arms. "I was an animal following my instinct." Let us remember that our tiger has been roused in the wake of John Smith's death. What on earth was he like after Princess Diana?

Cherie Blair to lead Labour policy review

Cherie Blair has been recruited to lead one of the policy reviews set up by Labour leader Ed Miliband, the party said today.

Gaza documentary rapped for breaking impartiality rules

A current affairs programme presented by Lauren Booth, Cherie Blair's sister, has been rapped by the broadcasting watchdog for breaching impartiality rules.

John Rentoul: Evil and its returns

Of the many confidences broken by Peter Mandelson in his The Third Man, perhaps the most striking is this quotation from a note from Cherie Blair after his first resignation, in which “the engine of my destruction was Gordon Brown”, from the Cabinet in December 1998

Results of Cherie Blair inquiry 'were covered up'

The body which investigates complaints against judges has been accused of covering up the full extent of an investigation into Cherie Blair over her decision to hand down a lenient sentence to a convicted man because he was "a religious person".

Cherie Blair cleared over court comment complaints

Cherie Blair will not be disciplined after she was cleared over comments she made while sparing a violent offender jail.

Pandora: David Irving turns tour guide

He's done jailbird, and he's done author. Now, it appears that the ever-sinister David Irving is attempting life as a tour guide. The discredited historian, who once denied that Auschwitz existed to murder Jews, is offering punters the chance to take a guided tour of "Hitler's Headquarters and other historical sites". For $2,900 (£1,900), says a brochure for the trip, tourists will be given a tour of wartime headquarters, including the notorious "Wolf's Lair" in what is now Poland, and a visit to Treblinka death camp. Whether anyone will take the tour remains to be seen; Irving declined to tell Pandora of any interest. Even more curious is Irving's decision to use a quote from Mr Justice Gray's ruling at the Irving vs Lipstadt trial in order to sell the idea. Mr Justice Gray ruled that Irving had "manipulated historical evidence"; Irving, though, cites a rather more positive version of the ruling, quoting Mr Justice Gray on his website as claiming that his "knowledge of World War Two is unparalleled".

Gurkha accused points finger at Cherie Blair

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