News Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

Pirate Bay copyright appeal looking shaky

The Pirate Bay co-founders, convicted of copyright infringement earlier this year, look set to have their appeal overturned with the Stockholm District Court.

JD Salinger sues over 'Catcher in the Rye' sequel

JD Salinger yesterday sued the writer and publisher of a book billed as a sequel to his classic novel "The Catcher in the Rye," saying the work infringes on his copyright.

US ex-soldier convicted of Iraq rape and killings

A federal jury convicted a former soldier of raping and fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl after killing her parents and younger sister while he was serving in Iraq.

CIA torture case allowed to proceed

An American court has cleared the way for two British residents released from Guantanamo Bay to sue a subsidiary of the international aviation company Boeing over complicity in their rendition.

North Korean spy used 'sex as a tool'

A North Korean woman accused of using sex to elicit sensitive information from a South Korean military officer was sentenced Wednesday by a court in the South to five years in prison for spying.

DNA finally clears JonBenet Ramsey's family

New DNA analysis has definitively cleared the parents and brother of the child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey who was murdered on Boxing Day in 1996.

Sudoku addicts halt drugs trial

An Australian drugs trial lasting more than three months and costing taxpayers over A$1 million has been aborted after a number of jurors were found to have spent up to half the time playing Sudoku puzzles.

Judge orders genetic tests for members of polygamous sect

All 416 youngsters taken from the Mormon splinter group are to remain in the care of the state until DNA sampling determines how they are related

My night on the tiles with Chelsea

David Usborne joins the Clintons' daughter as she rallies voters on a gay bar crawl around Philadelphia

Hooters: Over the top, underdressed, and over here

It's the feminist nightmare: an American restaurant chain whose unique selling point is the vital statistics of the waitresses. Now Hooters is coming to a city near you

Assault with a prickly weapon

A New Zealand man has been accused of assaulting a boy by throwing a hedgehog at him.

Who killed JFK? new papers suggest dialogue between Ruby and Oswald

For many Americans, the assassination of John F Kennedy remains an unsolved crime, even though it is the most investigated murder in US history.

Poland's deputy PM sacked as coalition government splits

Poland's deputy prime minister, Andrzej Lepper, has been sacked after just four months as the country's right-wing government collapsed amid acrimony.

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So much American cinema is about the love between fathers and sons that a movie about a love-hate relationship feels quite an anomaly. Haskell Wexler, as well as being possibly the world's greatest cinematographer, is also a committed liberal, a ladies' man and a very tetchy father - "I am the star of your fucking movie," he tells his son, photojournalist Mark, director of this intriguingly ambivalent documentary portrait. The son knows all too well what a "pain in the ass" his dad has been, and we feel for him as he tries to persuade the old goat to sign the permit form that will actually ensure the movie's release. As an inquiry into filial estrangement it hasn't the revelatory charge of My Architect, but Wexler senior's amusingly irascible persona makes it all worthwhile.

England 3 Hungary 1: Walcott walks into record books as England stagger to victory

Sven Goran Eriksson would call it a half-time epiphany, others might suggest a desperate kind of improvisation, but however England freed themselves from tactical paralysis last night it seems that their manager is no closer to finding a formula for winning the World Cup without Wayne Rooney.

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