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The actress Eva Longoria has rejected criticism of her controversial new series, Devious Maids, which has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes of Latina woman in the United States.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Baytown Outlaws (15) Barry Battles (99mins)

This violent actioner opens with three redneck brothers massacring 13 heavily tattooed chaps in their Alabama home. Turns out they've slaughtered the wrong mob.

Dallas stars launch revamped series

Stars of the classic US soap opera Dallas have been reunited in London to mark the arrival of a new series to UK television screens.

Jennifer Aniston is to marry Justin Theroux

Relationships: All the single ladies... put your defences up

News that Jennifer Aniston is to marry Justin Theroux will have sent shockwaves through the celebrity magazine market. After all, who is going to be their "go-to" girl when they want to write about "unhappy", single females? Here are the front-runners:

Brought humanity to a nosy, meddlesome character: Joosten with her Best Guest Actress Emmy in 2005

Kathryn Joosten: US actress who starred in Desperate Housewives

The American actress Kathryn Joosten was known to millions of television viewers worldwide as Karen McCluskey, the nosy, gossipy neighbour in Desperate Housewives, observing the lives and relationships of the group of women in the fictional Wisteria Lane.

Desperate Housewives to end in 2012

'Desperate Housewives' will end in 2012.

Dallas: The oil barons are back

Dallas was bold and brash, the ultimate Eighties soap. But will anyone tune in to the 21st century remake? By Sarah Hughes

Eva Longoria's nightclub closes

A nightclub in Las Vegas owned by Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria is temporarily closing its doors amid financial troubles.

Justin Bieber set to host MTV EMAs

Justin Bieber is set to host the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

The Weekend's TV: The Pillars of the Earth, Desperate Housewives

A histrionic take on the 12th century

Last Night's Television: Jamie Does...Marrakech, Channel 4<br />Human Target, SYFY<br />Desperate Housewives, Channel 4

There was just enough time in the opening minutes of Jamie Does... Marrakech – a lurid, cacophonous whirl of chained monkeys, hawkers, Sufi dancing and charmed snakes – to recall the last time that primetime television sent a wide boy to the Moroccan city. That was two years ago when, how could we forget, Sir Alan dispatched his hapless apprentices to the heart of the souk to test their bartering skills and buy a kosher chicken, whereupon self-proclaimed "good Jewish boy" Michael collared a butcher, made the sign of the cross a few times and asked him to say "Allah!" over the doomed fowl.

City slicker: Las Vegas

With $8bn spent on designer hotels, restaurants and shops, the gambling capital of the world is re-inventing itself &ndash; again. Kate Simon reports

Best for splashing the cash: Moscow

Russia is in the throes of the coldest winter in a long while, and that, by any standard, is cold. Across Moscow, locals scuttle from A to B avoiding the huge phallic icicles which jut into the street from the spouts of drainpipes. At the doors to the metro, babushkas in headcarves and battered furs hunch against the bitter wind, begging for pennies. And, all the while, just a few paces away, Russia's super-rich are proving their impunity to these testing conditions.

Pandora: Hot Shot Shahid relinquishes his title

Pandora has lost track of Shahid Malik's comings and goings in recent weeks, what with his resigning as a minister over expenses, only to return to the Government a week later and then become the subject of an investigation by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Desperate Housewives on the verge of a nervous breakdown

Pedro Almodovar takes his zany Spanish film to the American suburbs &ndash; and television

Desperate Housewives: The 100th episode

The smart satire notches up its century in Britain this week. But all is not well in Wisteria Lane. Guy Adams reports
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project