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Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Director defends Bale over four-letter tirade

An expletive-laden rant by Batman star Christian Bale on the set of Terminator: Salvation was dismissed as "just a moment that passed" by the film's assistant director.

Squatters take over millionaire mansions

Squatters are holed up in two £15 million-rated mansions on one of the country's most exclusive roads, it was reported today.

Pensioners had been battered to death

Two pensioners murdered in their home were battered to death, it emerged today.

Foul weather threatens Vendée Globe yachts

The cream of Britain's ocean-racing talent was heading into perilous waters yesterday as the world's most difficult and challenging yacht race, the Vendée Globe, set sail in conditions that threaten to tear the fleet apart.

Curzon slay giants as Ogoo makes a name for himself

Curzon Ashton will not have appeared on the football radar so very often but the FA Cup first round has an infallible habit of shining a light in the quieter corners and the Unibond North side's 3-2 defeat of League Two Exeter City threw the spotlight on the Ashton-under-Lyne side. Goals by Chris Worlsey, just before the half-hour, and Gambian international James Ogoo, just before the hour, put the Greater Manchester side firmly in control. Michael Norton made it 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining before a tardy recovery by Exeter, but they had left it too late and Curzon Ashton, in the first round for the first time, hung on.

It's time for The Terrys!

Another year, another 280 meals out. Our restaurant critic Terry Durack presents the only food awards that count – as he recalls what slipped down a treat and what stuck in his throat

Taekwondo: Cook misses golden opportunity

Aaron Cook was denied the chance to fight for a taekwondo gold medal by a refereeing mistake, according to his coach.

Taekwondo: Ready, steady Cook fired up to kick boyhood idol into touch

Dorchester 17-year-old can prove he is the greatest against Muhammad Ali of the mat

Gone Baby Gone (15)

A child is gone, but a reputation is reborn: Ben Affleck's directorial debut was withdrawn last year because of the McCann case. It still makes disturbing viewing

Piccata of veal with taleggio and spinach

Serves 4

The lady vanishes: What ever happened to Fenella Fielding?

She wowed Noel Coward, fascinated Fellini and seemed destined to become a huge star. But after a vampish turn in 1966's 'Carry on Screaming', Fenella Fielding's film career never recovered. Here, she tells her amazing story – and reveals why her latest showbusiness venture has gone horribly wrong

Storm-hit ship adrift in Channel after dramatic rescue

Attempts will be made later today to take in tow a storm-hit cargo ship from which 20 crew were dramatically rescued in the Channel last night, said Coastguards.

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Dundee United bring in Levein to revive club fortunes

The former Heart of Midlothian and Leicester City coach Craig Levein was appointed as the manager of the Scottish Premier League strugglers Dundee United yesterday.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there