Voices A mugshot of Ian Watkins released by South Wales Police following his guilty pleas

Enigmas of this nature are more common than one might expect

The dedication ceremony at the Church of Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, last month

Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling

The Supreme Court judgment  has profound consequences, meaning it could gain charitable status – and opens the floodgates to claims by other organisations

Scientologist Louisa Hodkin with her fiance Alessandro Calcioli

UK set for first Scientology Church wedding after Supreme Court rules it a ‘place of worship’

Scientologist Louisa Hodkin had brought legal action after the registrar general refused to allow her wedding service to be held at the organisation’s London chapel

Confetti falls as the Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige dedicates the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida

The Church of Scientology's new $145m complex has generated more in fundraising than it cost

The site offers parishioners the opportunity to undergo a secretive programme devised by L Ron Hubbard that is said to heighten senses and provide special abilities

Homeland's Nazanin Boniati, who plays CIA agent Fara Sherazi

New Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi 'vetted by Scientologists to become Tom Cruise's wife'

Homeland’s newest recruit has already undergone a secret mission of her own, having reportedly been vetted by Tom Cruise to become his Scientologist wife.

Left, from top: Anette Iren Johansen; the actress Nazanin Boniadi; Tom Cruise with his ex-wife Katie Holmes

I was one of women auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s wife, says former Scientologist

Norwegian woman recounts personal questions from interview

The village of Balcombe is nestled in the valleys of West Sussex

The only way is Sussex: Protesters glued together. Activists attached to a fire engine with bike locks. Where else than in our most radical county?

Demonstrations against the shale gas explorations of oil company Cuadrilla are the continuation of an ancient and rich vein of radicalism and dissent in the home county

King of Queens actress Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology after membership of more than 30 years

King of Queens star Leah Remini quits 'corrupt' Church of Scientology after 30 years

King of Queens star reportedly went through attempted ‘thought modification’

Anyone caught importing the V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask now faces arrest

Anti-protest: Bahrain bans import of plastic Guy Fawkes masks

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Industry and Commerce Minister, Hassan Fakhro, issued an unusual decree this week: he banned the importation of a plastic face mask. Anyone caught importing the V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask now faces arrest, as anti-government protesters in the country have been using them to stay anonymous.

Jemima Khan: 'My journey with Julian Assange has taken me from 'admiration to demoralisation'

Jemima Khan has warned Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that he risks falling from a “hero” to the Australian L Ron Hubbard, expecting his supporters to follow him “unquestioningly, in blinkered, cultish devotion”.

Fiancée fights for her right to a Scientology wedding in landmark legal bid to overturn 'unfair' marriage laws in England and Wales

Scientologists have launched a landmark legal bid to overturn marriage laws in England and Wales. Followers of the controversial new religion believe it is unfair that Protestants, Catholics, Quakers, Jews and Non-Conformists are allowed to have state sanctioned marriages in their religious buildings whilst other faiths are not.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Courageous Kelvin is a delicate petal

The shadow of poverty looms in Ed Miliband's conference speech; Boris scores an own goal on World Cup '66, and an apology to the Church of Scientology

Rebecca Tyrrel: If Scientology’s L Ron Hubbard was around today, he would ban the number 33

Who knew that, 33, always an important number in Christianity, has acquired mystical significance for another major religion? It is a uniquely feared number for Scientologists, this being the age at which all three of Tom Cruise's wives have parted company from him. Thirty-three is the new 13 for the folk at Sea Org, no doubt about it.

Hackers intercept phone call between FBI and Scotland Yard

A sensitive conference call between FBI and British police's cybercrime investigators was recorded by the very people they were trying to catch, officials and hackers said today. 

Hackers target US security think tank

Hackers claimed to have stolen a raft of e-mails and credit card data from US-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a week-long Christmas inspired assault on a long list of targets.

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