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A Minute With: Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley and his Hillbilly Heart

After writing hit song "Achy Breaky Heart," starring in Disney Channel show Hannah Montana and raising a famous daughter, country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has found himself at a crossroads.

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The marriage of 80-year-old Labour politician Lord Hattersley drew to a close in a London divorce court today.

Uruguay approves gay marriage bill

Uruguayan lawmakers have voted to legalise gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so.

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Death of Margaret Thatcher: Golden years add a silver lining to Iron Lady's bank accounts

Margaret Thatcher died a multi-millionaire, having made the same discovery as other prime ministers before and since that she could make more money in semi-retirement than when she was in office.

Social worker struck off after lying about deaths of relatives to get time off work

A social worker has been struck off after lying to bosses about the deaths of her father, mother, uncle, aunt, brother and ex-husband to get time off work.

SAC founder Cohen faces new $5.5m claim by ex-wife

A New York appeals court has revived a lawsuit by the former wife of Steven Cohen, the founder of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, who accused the billionaire of hiding $5.5m (£3.6m) from her during proceedings that led to their 1990 divorce.

Peer's fury as legal aid cuts affect 500,000

The Government's legal aid reforms coming into effect on Monday have been branded a "day of shame for our legal system" by the former minister and Labour peer Lord Bach.

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Even the Treasury’s clever chaps don’t have all the answers

Asked a particularly ticklish question about sales tax during the 1964 election the then Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas Home said: “A lot of clever chaps are thinking about it at this moment.”

Boris Berezovsky post-mortem finds hanging is cause of death

A post-mortem examination on Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has found he was hanged, police said tonight.

Paperback review: The Vanishing Point, By Val McDermid

Child abduction mystery that grips and won't let go

Rod Stewart makes a plea for his long-lost love on new album Time

Rod Stewart makes plea for teenage lover who bore his first child in new album Time

Despite being happily married to Penny Lancaster, the crooner has broken a 20-year song-writing silence with an album about divorce, the daughter he put up for adoption, and his 17-year-old first love

Richard and Sybil Burton at Victoria Station in 1955 befor esailing for New York on the ‘Queen Mary’

Sybil Christopher: Actress, theatre producer and first wife of Richard Burton

Sybil Christopher became the wife of Richard Burton at the age of just 20 and was married to him for fourteen years. During that time she experienced the entire gamut of emotions, from pleasure to pain and back again, that being married to the great and complex actor could bring. 

As Kate Middleton knows to her cost, board games cause rows, for royals and ordinary goyim alike

My hosts told me how brilliant the novelist Zoe Heller was at the game. It was calculated to get my competitive juices flowing.

Tiger Woods with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Tiger Woods confirms relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn

Tiger Woods has confirmed he is in a relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

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