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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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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