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Air Force probe expands to UK air base and five more in America

US Supreme Court deals blow to tough Arizona immigration law

Partial victory for Hispanic lobby as judges begin week that will culminate in vital decision on healthcare law

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announce their engagement

It turns out "The Last Song" was only the beginning for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

Greg Mortenson used CAI funds to pay for luxury hotels and family holidays, the report claims

Mountaineer used charity's money to fund lavish lifestyle

Greg Mortenson, the mountaineer, philanthropist and author of the bestselling Three Cups of Tea has been ordered to repay $1m (£630,000) to the charity he founded after misusing its funds to pay for personal holidays and buy copies of his own books.

China Anne McClain, aged 13, star of Disney's A.N.T. Farm, was spotted at age eight

Meet the mini-mice: What does it take to make a Miley Cyrus?

Britney and Justin started there – and so did Ryan Gosling. Glittering careers begin in the Disney tween machine. So how does the House of Mouse keep cranking out the pre-teen talent?

The Brave, By Nicholas Evans

Throughout his writing career, Evans has survived life-changing dramas as catastrophic as those faced by his characters. While completing his bestseller, The Horse Whisperer he learnt he was suffering from skin cancer; his latest book was delayed when he and his family became critically ill after consuming a basketful of poisonous mushrooms.

Rewriting Wild West history – did Butch Cassidy survive shootout?

Butch Cassidy, the Wild West bandit and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, did not die in a shootout 1908 in Bolivia as popularly believed but survived and lived the rest of his days in Washington state, according to a book collector and a writer.

Pipeline leak turns Yellowstone black

An oil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River has ruptured and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway and caused a 25-mile plume, fouling the riverbank.

£2.1bn is record payout for American Indians

A Federal judge has approved a $3.4 billion (£2.1 billion) payout to American Indians in a case that represents the largest legal settlement ever agreed by the US government.

Huguette Clark: Heiress to a 'robber baron' fortune who spent 80 years in gilded isolation

She was heiress to one of America's greatest "robber baron" fortunes of the 19th century. She spent most of the 20th century as a recluse, the owner of lavish estates in Connecticut and California where she did not set foot in 50 years, and died early in the 21st century in an unassuming room in a Manhattan hospital where she had lived under a false name, shrouded in mystery and solitude. Whether Huguette Clark was happy or sad in her strange existence may never be known. But with her has vanished one of the very last remaining links with the New York of the Gilded Age, populated by Fricks and Guggenheims, Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts – and the Clarks.

Wolves back in hunters' sights after US government removes their protection

Permits for wolf hunts are selling briskly in the US state of Idaho, after most wolves in the Northern Rockies were officially struck from the endangered species list in an unprecedented removal of protection by Congress.

Sweetgrass: In search of the last surviving cowboys

The cowboy may be alive and well on our cinema screens, but in the American West they're part of a dying way of life, one that's paid tribute to in a new documentary by the film-makers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash.

'Three Cups' charity to be investigated

The attorney general in Montana has started an inquiry into the charity run by Three Cups of Tea co-author Greg Mortenson after reports suggested Mr Mortenson benefited from money donated to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

World's oldest man celebrates 114th birthday

The world's oldest man has celebrated his 114th birthday with a traditional Japanese meal.

World's oldest man dies at 114

Walter Breuning, the world's oldest man and second-oldest person, has died at 114.

US store offers free gun with satellite dish

A US store is offering would-be satellite television customers a free gun.

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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

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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'