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Police said to be ‘delighted’ by footage from camera which streams 24-hours-a-day to the TV presenter's website

X Factor judges LA Reid and Simon Cowell (left and second right) with new additions Demi Lovato and Britney Spears (second left and right)

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato join X Factor USA as new judges

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are joining the judging panel on the American The X Factor this autumn, as part of Fox's effort to boost its underperforming music competition shows.

Deciphering the past: The Rosetta stone at the British Museum

Cracking The Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life Of Jean-François Champollion, By Andrew Robinson

Portrait of a quiet genius who revolutionised our understanding of the ancient world.

Up to 40,000 foxes live in Britain’s cities, or around 15 per cent of the UK total

TV study of the urban fox is bigger than Big Brother eviction night

A new TV programme tracking urban foxes has been a surprise hit

Equestrian: Badminton Horse Trials cancelled following heavy rain

Organisers have cancelled this year's Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after they accepted there was "no chance" of the ground drying out in time.

Fox News digs up a 'mole' and suspends him

Fox News yesterday suspended indefinitely an employee who had anonymously posted videos and comments about behind-the-scenes workdays at the television network, leading media website Gawker to dub him the "mole."

Mickael Barzalona celebrates

Barzalona has the world at his feet after Dubai success

Frenchman's latest big-race victory seals his place as the successor to Dettori at Godolphin

The Snow Child, By Eowyn Ivey

Fantasies from the wild frontier

Letters: HS2 is good for Britain’s future

As a regular rail-user, it was a pity to see your headline “Full steam ahead for high-speed rail” (7 January) ruined by the negative leading article, “Too easily seduced by the glamour of highspeed rail”. You ought to be givingthe green light to investing in Britain’s dated rail infrastructure, with only a pathetic 70 miles of dedicated high-speed rail track.

HMV to post loss ahead of make-or-break Christmas

HMV is expected to post another big loss in its interim results tomorrow, as analysts predict a "make or break Christmas" for the beleaguered music retailer.

Dickson Wright says: 'I have an explosive temper That Krakatoa strata is still in my make-up'

Clarissa Dickson Wright: 'When I was young, pubs had badger ham on the bar'

What people loved about the Two Fat ladies was the sheer anarchy of it Two fat old bats on a Triumph, travelling around the country and cooking. The impact we had felt particularly brilliant: I found out recently we single-handedly saved the Gloucester Old Spot pig breed from dying out, after we did a programme about it.

Hughes and claimer Fox get bans under new whip rules

Two jockeys at opposite ends of the experience and expertise spectrum became the first to fall foul of strict new rules, introduced yesterday, governing the use of the whip during races. Senior rider Richard Hughes and apprentice Kieren Fox both picked up bans after the running of the Bathwick Tyres Handicap at Salisbury.

It's cost the earth - now Terra Nova needs an audience

After production delays, a flooded set, rising budgets and the firing – then rehiring – of its entire writing team, Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama series Terra Nova has finally arrived. Almost.

Masters takes eight as Foxes skittled for 34

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Richard Fox

Richard Fox, who died in West Suffolk Hospital aged 57 on 28 June after spending almost two months on a life-support machine, was a former jockey popular with trainers needing a good rider capable of making a low weight. The Irishman had been in a coma since 30 April, when he hit his head in a fall while shopping in his home town, Newmarket.

Equestrianism: Olympic course offers 'punishing' test, says Fox-Pitt

British rider William Fox-Pitt has predicted "a test of athleticism" when the world's top eventers go for Olympic gold at Greenwich Park next year.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape