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Online gossip site asks readers to fund purchase of footage as controversial politician describes claims as 'ridiculous'

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Magnus Olsson has died in Spain after suffering a stroke at the age of 64. He had previously survived two heart attacks, which are not thought to be connected to the stroke.

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A serious accident on Britain's busiest motorway led to severe rush-hour delays for drivers today.

American car industry has best month since 2007

American car manufacturers drew hordes of customers during March, with Chrysler and Ford reporting their strongest monthly sales performance since the US economy began a long period of contraction in 2007.

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All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

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The BBC leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards with five nominations for period drama Parade's End.

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Advert causes outrage as critics accuse Ford India of undermining attempts to tackle violence following a spate of high-profile attacks on women

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