Sport Leigh Halfpenny celebrates Cardiff's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Toulon in 2010

The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

Pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour Pete Doherty

Want to see a dirty movie? Not *that* kind

I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.

It was a disappointing night for Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon

Biarritz's Yachvili beats Wilkinson in battle of the boot

Toulon 18 Biarritz 21

The poster for Cannes 2012, the 65th film festival, hitches a ride on the glamour of Marilyn Monroe

Cannes Film Festival: An old lady not to be messed with

A glittering cast has been assembled for Cannes, take 65 – no wonder the world's most prestigious film festival is feeling bullish

Santa Monica, Cannes, Lisbon

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Mahamadou Diarra (centre) joined Fulham earlier this week

Diarra has '12 finals' to earn permanent Fulham deal

Mahamadou Diarra has said that he is excited by Fulham's ambition and is looking forward to proving his worth in west London. The 30-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder joined the club earlier this week on a deal until the end of the season, with an option of extending by a year.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday after another dramatic day of cross-examination

I will lie to NOTW reporter but not in court – Redknapp

Harry Redknapp turned his fire on the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World yesterday when he said in court that he was justified in lying to one of the newspaper's reporters in order to prevent publication of a potentially damaging story.

Cussons buys Fudge hair care brand

The Imperial Leather soap owner PZ Cussons has ramped up the expansion of its beauty division by splashing out £25.5m on the Australian-owned Fudge Hair Care brand.

Heineken Cup round-up: Wilkinson signs up for an extra year at Toulon

Jonny Wilkinson, who surprised no one by announcing his international retirement in the week, kicked off the weekend by extending his stay at Toulon to 2013, when he will turn 34.

Danny Rogers: Earning a place at Cannes and beyond

What was once the Cannes Advertising Festival, founded in the 1950s, has now been rebranded as the International Festival of Creativity, because the lines between advertising, PR and other marketing techniques have blurred.

Pilot and wife die as plane hits mountain

A British pilot and his wife died when their light aircraft crashed near the French Riviera. James and Jacqueline Balmer, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, set off from Italy and were making their way towards Troyes, 100 miles south-east of Paris.

Caught & Social: Brad’s Cannes opener for new film

Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie led a star-crammed red carpet for the premiere of his new film The Tree of Life in Cannes.

Caught & Social: Striking poses at Cannes

Over in Cannes, they were still celebrating at the opening of the festival party.

Wilkinson denied as Perpignan stride into last four

Perpignan 29 Toulon 25

French Fancy: UK is star of property annual ball

Britain is this year's honoured country at the annual European commercial property beano in Cannes – MIPIM.

Cussons buys St Tropez

PZ Cussons, which owns brands including Imperial Leather soap, is to bring a touch of the French Riviera to its Manchester home, with the acquisition of the fake tanning group St Tropez Holdings.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz