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

Tory MP Louise Mensch claims hackers threatened her children

The conservative MP Louise Mensch has contacted police over claims that computer hackers made online threats to her children.

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The set text

Church of Scientology fires a second salvo against the New Yorker

Senior staff say they are unaware of any investigation and deny all allegations of wrongdoing, have instead hit the gilded roofs of their many properties.

Sect scandal: Scientologists outraged by defector's claims

Film-maker causes furore with magazine allegations about secret FBI 'investigation'

John Travolta ends $25m extortion case linked to death of his son

Two people accused of attempting to extort $25m (£16m) from John Travolta following the death of his son are to walk free after a judge in the Bahamas dismissed the case against them, apparently at the actor's request.

How Little Billy's letters fooled the great and the not-so-good

John Major, Charles Manson and the Mormons all fell for 15-year prank

Guy Adams: Revealed - Scientologists claim the dead Michael Jackson as one of their own

A few weeks back, I discovered that the Church of Scientology was using images of Sir Winston Churchill, together with quotations from his speeches on a selection of its fundraising and recruitment literature.

Leave Churchill out of Scientology, says family

Images of Britain's wartime leader are being used in recruiting posters

Ex-Scientologist sues the cult for loss of girlfriend and business

A former member threatens to disclose the inner workings of the organisation to which he was 'persuaded to give substantial sums'

Scientology fined £545,000 in first conviction for fraud

Church fined and ordered to advertise findings from trial around the world

Church of Scientology convicted of fraud

A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than €600,000 ($900,000) today but stopped short of banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.

Oscar-winning director: why I'm leaving Scientology

Haggis fires parting shot at 'hate-filled and bigoted' church

Guy Adams: Oscar winning director angrily quits the Church of Scientology

Whichever way you look at it, the past few weeks have been tricky for the Church of Scientology’s normally-smooth PR machine.

Travolta to testify over death of teenage son

Actor to take stand in Bahamas against paramedics accused of blackmail
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