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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

Lorna Vickerage (left) is thought to be with John Bush (right)

Man jailed for sprinkling pubic hair on curry to avoid payment

A man who sprinkled his own pubic hair over a half-eaten curry in an attempt to avoid paying for it has been jailed.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said she cries every morning because she has started losing her hair

Tory MP Nadine Dorries speaks of hair loss on Daybreak

Former I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! star says it makes her 'cry every morning'

A cut above: How barbers are making a high street comeback

The triumphant return of the short back and sides as the hairstyle of choice for Britain’s top male celebrities has helped boost the number of barber shops across the country.

Album: Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

It's not happening.

Woolwich: The EDL were camped outside my house

In all the time I've lived in the area it's never felt so alien

Vaughan: his work was described by one film-maker as ‘so simple, unostentatious and yet so perfect’

Mick McManus: Wrestler who revelled in his status as the man the British public loved to hate

Mick McManus was one of the greatest British wrestlers. An enormously popular figure who delighted in the nicknames of "The Man You Love to Hate" and "The Dulwich Destroyer", he was renowned for pushing the rules of the sport to their limits and for deliberately turning the crowds against him for theatrical effect.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under fire again as official residence expenses near £1m

Further embarrassment for PM as household spending increases by 80 per cent in just three years

Girl, 12, raped in Milton Keynes play park

Thames Valley Police said the schoolgirl was walking alone when the man pulled her into a woodland area

The Blagger's Guide to... the Desmond Elliott prize

All you need to know about the hottest literary topic of the week

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InterContinental Westminster has teamed up with Paula Radcliffe to offer guests running maps. There are routes in St James's Park, along the Thames and around Westminster (ihg.com).

Five-Minute Memoir: Julia Copus recalls how her father fixed her crumpled Yamaha trumpet

I'm standing at the full-length mirror in my mother and step-father's bedroom practising scales when it happens. The little cup-shaped mouthpiece gripped in my left hand is still warm from my breath.

Manchester police make first arrests under new hate crime law after emo teenager is attacked

Police in Manchester have arrested two people for an attack on a 16-year-old emo in the first recorded hate crime against followers of alternative subcultures.

Online and services sectors ride out storms

Freezing conditions across the UK haven't stopped people spending – but it was online retailers and the services sector that benefited.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'