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Arts and Entertainment An Edouard Vuillard painting bought for £3,000 on Ebay is thought to be worth £250,000

Fiona Bruce said the owner has 'bagged themselves the bargain of the century'

Photo-Me sale could hit non-execs

NON-EXECUTIVE directors of Photo-Me International could be faced with serious repercussions from its possible sale, since several have interests in third-party contracts with the photo booth operator.

Racing: International Revival

JOHN GOSDEN yesterday declared Russian Revival a probable runner in tomorrow's Tote International Stakes. As his four-year-old tops the handicap at Ascot, his presence will mean that the weights for the pounds 150,000 contest will not rise.

BG plans pounds 5bn international expansion

BG, THE GAS transportation and exploration group, yesterday unveiled plans to double the size of its international division over the next four years with a pounds 5bn investment programme.

English testing `was not easier'

ALLEGATIONS THAT English tests for 11-year-olds were made easier this year were unfounded, an independent inquiry has said.

Podium: Let us dare to be Karelians

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Letter: Bastion besieged

Sir: Ricks Thompson's assertion that international news channels do not make money is wide of the mark (letter, 28 June). CNN International does make money - and profits - and has done for years, as a separate financial entity from CNN in the US. It would be inappropriate for me to speculate on why BBC World can't also support itself financially.

Racing: Punters' Guide - Tiutchev can rise to the occasion

The former top jump jockey Steve Smith Eccles analyses today's Lanzarote Hurdle

Reed promises trading statement

SHARES IN Reed International, which fell 23p on Thursday on rumours that the company would use a briefing for analysts as an opportunity to issue a profits warning, fell a further 5p to 487p.

Outlook: Exchange must tighten rules

TWO MONTHS and a day after Imperial Chemical Industries was accused of issuing a profits warning to a chosen group of analysts, National Power is embroiled in a similar sort of row. A few days ago the electricity generator told a number of City experts that their forecasts for the company's international division were way off line and needed to come down sharply.

Sporting digest: Paralympics

Sporting digest: Paralympics

Inchcape director to leave

Inchcape director to leave

Letter: To prevent war, tackle poverty

To prevent war, tackle poverty

Badminton : Baddeley bans elite players

Nathan Robertson and Ian Sullivan, two of England's most promising players, have been severely reprimanded and suspended from the national training squad by Steve Baddeley, England's Director of lite Play who is concerned about late nights, drinking and absence from squad sessions.

Letter: Poll pointer

Sir: How appropriate that Mr Major should favour the election date 1 May, International Labour Day.

Women risk bad hair days

Women who make it to the boardroom may have to face an unforeseen battle - keeping their hair on. Hair loss is as serious a problem for women as it is for men because of the lifestyle and stresses brought about by equal opportunities, according to a report in the magazine, Hair International.
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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
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Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
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Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
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Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

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His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week