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British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

Strictly still waltzing away with the ratings as X Factor's Saturday show flounders

Audiences have plummeted throughout the latest series of the once unstoppable X Factor.

All the wrong moves: Radio 1 DJ Vernon Kay

The Week In Radio: Vernon Kay is Strictly out of step with this dancing debacle

"It’s saturday morning and it’s just gone 10 o’clock,” bellowed Vernon Kay. “and we are here! We are here! We are live!” Where, Vernon? I bellowed back from my kitchen.

X Factor's Rylan Clarke gets job presenting ITV's Daybreak

X Factor flop Rylan is heading back to our screens with a presenting stint on ITV's Daybreak only days after being voted off the talent show.

Ella Henderson buoyed by Cowell tweet after X Factor departure

The music mogul tweeted: 'Ella! Gone??? Unbelievable'

Frank Mugisha - Ugandan Activist
Mugisha is the Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and continues fearlessly to lead the fight for gay rights in the African country after the murder of fellow campaigner David Kato in 2011.

IoS Pink List 2012: International

They may not have made an influential contribution to life in Britain, but these international heroes and heroines are all at the top of a list somewhere. Here are this year's most impressive contributors to world LGBT harmony

A cheerful piece about dying alone

As the skeletal remains of a man in Lille remind us, there's a fair chance you'll die alone and your body will lay undiscovered for years. On the plus side, there's Strictly.

Something New: Girls Aloud unveil comeback track

Girls Aloud unveiled their comeback track today as they premiered the dance tune online.

The hunk: McFly's Dougie Poynter

McFly star Dougie Poynter reveals suicide attempt

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! winner Dougie Poynter has described how he tried to kill himself after his life became "a relentless hell".

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Cowell says 'no end in sight' for X Factor despite plummeting audience figures

X Factor supremo Simon Cowell said there is "no end in sight" for his hit show despite falling audiences for the new series.

Eric Hobsbawm wanted to use History to improve lives. Now, about those views on the Soviet Union...

On why, as jobs go, Marxist historian isn’t often suggested by career advisers at school

Cheryl Cole gives X Factor viewing figures a slight boost although numbers remain well down on 2011

The return of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has given the series a ratings boost but viewer numbers remain well down on last year.

This is the seventh series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival

Doctor Who back to fight insane Daleks (and Simon Cowell)

This is the seventh series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival with Matt Smith as the Time Lord

James Ashton: Cash-rich Google gets out its chequebook

Outlook James Murdoch was particularly irate when the BBC acquired the Lonely Planet travel guides a few years back.

Walsh, 60, returns to the ninth series of the ITV1 show on Saturday

Louis Walsh hints at X-Factor exit

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has suggested that he will bow out of the show after 10 years because he does not want to turn into Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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