Arts and Entertainment Peep Show duo Mitchell and Webb

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: The novel takes the form of a series of letters from an obsessed fan to a TV game show hostess

Ann Summers given lift by Fifty Shades

Lingerie boss Jacqueline Gold has said the success of the saucy literary hit Fifty Shades of Grey has led to sales at her chain, Ann Summers, going through the roof.

The royal couple in Cambridge

A feelgood foetus? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's news offers hope to bearers of bad tidings

Extinguish all rational thought. Abandon all hope that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement will make the front pages this week. Stand aside, Leveson Inquiry and its fretful consequences. There’s a royal foetus out there and it’s instantly eclipsed all other news.

EastEnders' Rita Simons accused of abusing daughter over cochlear implant operation

EastEnders star Rita Simons said she has been accused of abusing her deaf six-year-old daughter after deciding she should undergo an operation to enable her to hear.

Fern Britton: Strictly revealed the 'real me'

Fern Britton said her performances on Strictly Come Dancing had shown people "the real me".

Strictly host Tess Daly horrified by 'distracting cleavage'

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly has vowed to keep her curves under wraps to spare her, and the nation's, blushes.

Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy after discovering genetic defect that leaves her at greater risk of breast cancer

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she underwent a double mastectomy operation to prevent her developing breast cancer.

Party people: Tom Parker Bowles; Mary Portas with her partner, Melanie Rickey

Mega-rich at war! Party crowd vs The well-heeled

Sanchez Manning on locals who want Quintessentially to pipe down

Singer Amy Winehouse in 2007

Winehouse mother: Grief doesn't get any easier

The mother of the late singer Amy Winehouse says that almost a year after her death the grief "doesn't get any easier".

Flying the flag: June Whitfield was a guest on 'We Are Sixty'

The Week In Radio: Royal appointment ruined by cringing contributions

How do you do the Jubilee on the radio? Is it actually possible to discuss the impending royal knees-up without archive films of trestle tables bisecting drab Seventies streets, and of the young monarch gamely watching "exotic" performances under a canopy in an unnamed African country, the Duke silently rolling his eyes in the background.

Judge slams 'Hello magazine approach' to marriage

A High Court judge has hit out at the “Hello magazine approach” to marriage which he said has led to a dramatic increase in divorce and family breakdown.

Michael Buble's insecure romances

Michael Buble's womanising ways stemmed from "insecurity". 

Ryan Giggs: How yoga has stretched the career of very private Ryan

He is surrounded by boy wonders and they've brought the best out of him. James Corrigan talks to a wing commander in the form of his life

Press Watch: Manchester United line-up £40m Rooney deal

Middlesbrough are keen on Kluivert and Birmingham can take their pick from Melchiot, Izzet or Gray
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
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Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent