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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.

Actress Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan calls rehab a 'blessing' on David Letterman show

Lindsay Lohan has called her time in rehab a “blessing”.

Changing of the guard: late-night hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno as Tonight show host after 22-year stint

The landscape of America’s late-night television is about to shift, after Jay Leno, host of NBC’s Tonight show for 22 years, confirmed he would depart in spring 2014, to be replaced by the more youthful Jimmy Fallon.

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Lindsey Vonn to undergo surgery after serious crash that saw her airlifted from mountain

The American skiier lost control at the World Championships in Schladming

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Skiing poster girl Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after serious crash

American skier has been romantically linked with Tiger Woods

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at the Kennedy Center awards

Led Zeppelin get a whole lotta love from President Barack Obama

They may have been sitting down in their tuxes rather than tearing across the stage in their flares, but in the words of Barack Obama: “Guys who are not completely youthful can still rock.”

London Boris Johnson poses with the bronze statue of a bull outside the Bombay Stock Exchange

Boris Johnson praises India tax regime as he urges cut in UK top rate

The Chancellor George Osborne should think about cutting the top rate of income tax, Boris Johnson said today as he praised India for having a more attractive regime for entrepreneurs.

Page 3 Profile: Thomas Arne, Composer of Rule, Britannia!

Don't you mean Edward Elgar?

David Cameron visits Brazil to boost trade links

Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Brazil today on a trip to boost UK trade links with one of the world's fastest growing economies.

'London created America' Boris Johnson tells Letterman

Mayor says he has "as much chance of being reincarnated as an olive" as he has of being Prime Minister

From Zeros to heroes... the rise and rise of a superband

If you have seen Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, you will know they are the next big thing. As they tour the festivals of Europe, Sarah Morrison meets them in Paris

Screen Talk: Royal flush

Fox Searchlight has marked a comedy spec script from Easy A writer Bert Royal with a gold star.

Caught in the Net: Old-school beats from Barcelona

Comedian, actress and ideas guru Anna Faris is also a movie producer selling ideas around town. Faris just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Paramount based on a funny incident that happened to her in real life.

The Reading List: Stand-up comedy

Last week UK comics voted Daniel Kitson the funniest man in Britain. But what books should budding stand-ups not put down?

Steven Tyler thinks idols need time to succeed

Steven Tyler doesn't think 'American Idol' is the best way to find new musical talent.

Caught in the Net: Clap your hands for Rye Rye's new single

I tend to find any song with a recurring handclap motif hard to resist: such is the case with the new single by Baltimore artist Rye Rye. "Sunshine" is a giddy dash of electro rap – get it at ind.pn/ doyex7.

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence