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The true colours of Tsarist Russia revealed

You can stuff your exclusive 'thin' and 'beautiful' club, Abercrombie and Fitch - I don't want to join

I find your garments Sloaney, uninspiring, overpriced and generally far, FAR too beige

Niall Ferguson used the letter to condemn 'vituperative online critics'

One of my best friends is gay, says historian, Niall Ferguson, in homophobia row

The historian Niall Ferguson has denied being an “gay-basher”, claiming that his friendship with the prominent homosexual blogger Andrew Sullivan showed that he could not be homophobic.

CCTV still shows Tia Sharp and Stuart Hazell on the bus on the afternoon before her murder

Final images of Tia Sharp – out shopping with the man accused of killing her

The last images of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp alive were shown to a jury today, as they heard how she “idolised” her alleged killer.

A quietly English (but high security) funeral with a Russian cast for Boris Berezovsky

At a Surrey cemetery, it was a rather English affair, but with a Russian cast.

President and CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer

We don’t know how they do it: Business women winning the fight for family friendly terms of employment

Four-day weeks, leaning  in - the working methods of high-powered female execs have never been under more scrutiny. But why is remaking the rules a woman’s job?

Schoolboy hurls sandwich at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

What began as a straight-forward visit to a high school near Brisbane by Julia Gillard descended into farce when a schoolboy was accused of hurling half a Vegemite sandwich at the Prime Minister.

Michael French who is heading back to Albert Square to play womaniser David Wicks

Womaniser David Wicks to return to EastEnders

Michael French is heading back to Albert Square to play womaniser David Wicks, it was reported today.

Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

Madonna raises $7m from sale of Fernand Léger painting to 'make girls like Malala smile' around the world

The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

Jaz Ampaw-Farr became the first Apprentice contestant to face Lord Sugar's finger in the boardroom

You're fired Jaz Ampaw-Farr! The first Apprentice to face Lord Sugar's axe says she felt like a naughty schoolgirl

Fired Apprentice hopeful Jaz Ampaw-Farr has confessed how facing Lord Sugar in the boardroom, she felt like a naughty schoolgirl being told off by the headmaster.

More than a quarter of kids have sneakily updated a parent’s Facebook status

In-app charges: Parents fork out estimated £30m after children use 'freemium' online games

Parents have been forced to stump up an extra £30 million after their kids have got hold of their smartphones and iPads.

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Violinist Nigel Kennedy 'appalled' by allegations of child sex abuse at prestigious Yehudi Menuhin music school

The violinist Nigel Kennedy has said he is “appalled” by allegations of sexual abuse involving children as young as 10 at one of Britain's most prestigious music schools.

Chris Christie’s weight-loss surgery feeds talk he could run for the White House in 2016

When Chris Christie briefly considered a bid for the White House in 2011, many suggested the popular New Jersey Governor was too fat to be President. However, if he decides to run in 2016 his weight may be less of a burden; in an interview with the New York Post, Christie has revealed that he underwent secret gastric-band surgery earlier this year, and observers say it is already paying off.

Newspaper founder Eddy Shah 'had sex with schoolgirl in hotel rooms'

Prosecution alleges abuse took place in the early 1990s

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