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Magazine admits it did alter picture of Duchess

The fashion magazine Grazia has admitted that it did indeed alter a picture of the former Kate Middleton on her wedding day to make her look slimmer.

Former NOTW man arrested after flying back from America

Police investigating the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World (NOTW) have made their 12th arrest. The paper's former news editor Greg Miskiw, 61, was held after reporting by appointment at a London police station yesterday.

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It seems likely that she will come top of the crucial Republican straw poll in Iowa this Saturday

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Sometimes, two films about meteor strikes or Robin Hood go into production at once, but it's still strange to watch Sarah's Key only two months after The Round Up. Both are concerned with 16 and 17 July 1942, when 13,000 Jews were marched from their homes in Paris by the French police, and some scenes are so similar that they could be swapped from one film to the other without anyone batting an eyelid. But while The Round Up was content to inform us of these events, Sarah's Key uses them as the starting point of a much more ambitious, far-reaching story. At first the film's strength, ultimately it's the opposite.

The 50 best farm shops

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Baron Wolman's book is a Who's Who of rock'n'roll photography

When the photographer Baron Wolman joined the new Rolling Stone magazine in 1967, he was the only staff photographer. "I wasn't paid. I said I'd shoot for free because they had no money. I didn't know where it would lead to, but in hindsight it worked out well. I had some unforgettable encounters."

The Big Splat: collision may have created lopsided Moon

The Earth may once have had two moons which collided several billions of years ago – not so much with a bang but with a "splat" – to form the lopsided lunar landscape that exists today, scientists said.

Kim Kardashian confirms dress designer

Kim Kardashian has confirmed Vera Wang will design her wedding dress.

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After parachuting into folklore in 1971, the hijacker known only as D B Cooper may finally be identified

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