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Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

UK driver takes on role as US version of The Stig

Sussex racer Justin Bell has landed a job on prime time US TV as America's answer to The Stig.

War of US late-night big hitters rocks the nation's TV habits

Chat-show host Jay Leno returns to the screen with A-list line-up, ousting drama from prime time slot

Who will have the final say in the clash of America’s TV chat kings?

As Letterman trades blows with O’Brien, Leno is poised for a dramatic return.

Cat Stevens says Coldplay song is similar

Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens agreed yesterday that the Coldplay song, "Viva La Vida," sounds like one of his 1973 songs, but he stopped short of saying he would sue for plagiarism.

Hit & Run: Brother bother

Barack Obama can count himself lucky. His much younger half-brother George has caused a flutter by getting arrested for marijuana possession. But on the Richter scale of sibling embarrassments, this one is a barely discernable tremor.

Pump up the volume: How did Vans become a global shoe brand?

Josh Sims meets the man behind a pop culture icon

In the shadow of Tiger

For the first time in 13 years, Tiger Woods is not playing the Open as he recuperates from knee surgery. James Corrigan analyses the likely effects of the world No 1's absence from Birkdale this week

Leading political satirists plan 'unscripted' return

American television's most popular political satirists, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, will return to the air in the new year despite the Hollywood writers' strike, raising the prospect of some much-needed levity to carry voters and pundits through the presidential primary season.

Henman upbeat after curse of Tursunov strikes again

When you are ranked No 71 in the world you always need the luck of the draw. Tim Henman will be unseeded at Wimbledon later this month and could face the likes of Roger Federer or Andy Roddick in the first round. Even worse, he might be drawn against Dmitry Tursunov.

Nelson Mandela: We are grateful for the work being done by Product (RED)

We are grateful for the work being done by Product (RED) to fight what we consider the biggest threat to our existence on this continent. We trust that this initiative, similar to our 46664 campaign, will inspire people around the world to help us fight the HIV/Aids disease. It is not merely a disease, but an assault on human dignity. Our challenge is bigger than the one we faced in our struggle for freedom. We never anticipated that once we achieved our freedom we would face another challenge of this magnitude. We cannot win this fight on our own and we join Bono in calling for your assistance.

Obituary: Bruce Cassiday

Writer with as many talents as pseudonyms

Arts Preview: Bring on the belly laughs

COMEDY The Umbilical Brothers are about to give your inner child a little Thwak

Boxing: Lewis looks to defend his crown at home

LENNOX LEWIS last night revealed his renewed desire to fight "at home" again after becoming Britain's first undisputed world champion in 102 years.

American television embraces Starr quality

The Clinton-Monica tryst barely raised a smile at the Emmys. But then TV folks have always known which side their bread is buttered.
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