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Letter from the editor: An eventful week for you, and i

It’s all changed round here in the wake of the rather unfortunate incidents that saw the football pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys lose their jobs. Walk past the sports desk these days and no longer will you hear ribald jokes and manly laughter, merely the tap-tap-tapping of the keyboards punctuated by the odd comment from the sports editor about how much more exciting women’s tennis is these days.

Pete Doherty misses drugs charge court date

Rock star Pete Doherty failed to appear in court today to face a charge of possessing cocaine.

Jemima Khan: Just don't call her a socialite

With her fervent support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is the inveterate campaigner finally emerging from the shadow of her ex-husband and gilded family inheritance?

Assange back in court as bail hangs in balance

Julian Assange will emerge from solitary confinement at Wandsworth prison this morning to attend the next stage of a legal process which could eventually lead to him being extradited to the United States on espionage charges. The founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks hopes his legal team can belatedly secure him bail at the High Court before it is decided whether to extradite him to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

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As England's Ashes team welcome the arrival down under of their LBWs (that's Lovers, Belles and Wives), Harriet Walker considers the mysterious appeal of the men in white

Celebrities flock to see free speech 'go on trial'

The diminutive figure of Bianca Jagger pushed her way through the scrum as a man with a megaphone repeated "Exposing war crimes is no crime" and hundreds gathered outside City of Westminster magistrates' court chanted back "Free Julian now". It was, banners proclaimed, "Democracy on trial".

WikiLeaks head bailed, but spends another night in solitary confinement

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail on a £200,000 cash surety yesterday at the end of a hearing in which high-profile figures queued to offer financial guarantees for his freedom and protesters outside the central London court building howled their anger against his "grotesque" detention.

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Asian and African women are aspiring to Western ideals of physical perfection – and the results are far from pretty

The back pain workout

Dan Roberts tried everything from drugs to shiatsu – but lived life in agony. When sciatica took his discomfort to a new level, he discovered a programme of exercise that promised to end his suffering for ever. Could it really cure him?

Liz Hoggard: Sorry, but posh people are different

"I come from an ordinary middle-class family in an ordinary town," Gordon Brown pronounced, as he hit the election trail. In many ways it was an extraordinary claim. Politicians usually want to be larger than life. First-league brains. Nothing average there. But Brown is reminding us he's part of an ensemble.

Pandora: McCall is flying high with move to airline

News that the head of Guardian Media Group is jumping ship to board the budget airline easyJet has proved one of the more surprising high-profile appointments of late.

Pete Doherty questioned over death of heiress

Rock star Pete Doherty has been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs following the death of heiress Robin Whitehead, sources said today.

Laetitia, a political debutante with a difference

The expenses row engulfing Tory MP Bill Cash threatens to derail the ambitions of one of his party's most ambitious youngsters – the Eurosceptic MP's absorbing daughter, Laetitia.

Jemima Khan: Mad and bad – but the West will turn a blind eye

Dogged by allegations of crime and corruption, Pakistan's new president could lose power to his army if he fails his restive people

MBT shoes: do they actually work?

They claim to tone your body, improve posture and ease back pain. Esther Walker reports
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