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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

How 'The Sun' jumped the gun on Harry – and vindicated his view of newspapers

"We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H"

Letter From the Editor: It's tough, but not as tough as reporting from a war zone

This was one of those weeks when, as Editor, I freely, but nonetheless uncomfortably, admit to being a hypocrite.

Amol Rajan: Maybe, just maybe, our MPs should be better paid

In December, I met an exceptionally talented young Labour MP for coffee. She has merits that most employers would salivate at: a fierce intelligence, excellent communication skills, judgement and motivation. Best of all, she has an inspirational concern for social justice and solidarity with the poor and needy.

CNN News anchor Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan stares down the barrel in bust-up with gun nut Alex Jones

The CNN anchor invited the man who launched a petition to deport him on to his show - with predictably explosive consequences

Yard anti-terror chief 'rang paper to ask for a bribe'

A senior Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer rang the News of the World (NOTW) to offer "highly sensitive" inside information about a police inquiry into phone hacking at the newspaper in exchange for a bribe, a court heard yesterday.

Two people in hospital after bridge collapse in Yorkshire

Two people have been hospitalised after a footbridge over a river collapsed in North Yorkshire.

Veteran political blogger Andrew Sullivan leaves Daily Beast to relaunch blog as subscription-based and ad free

Andrew Sullivan, the veteran political blogger is leaving the Daily Beast in order relaunch his blog as an independent subscription-based site.

James Foley's car was stopped by armed men in Syria's Idlib province. Rebels searched for him without success

Family of journalist taken hostage in Syria appeal for immediate release

An American photojournalist remains missing in Syria after being kidnapped by gunmen more than a month ago.

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen in the series as Fonsmark

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen: Borgen's back! Meet one of its stars

Jane Merrick interviews a key actress as the Danish political drama returns

Euan Blair is said to be considering following in his father's footsteps and entering politics

Red Princes and Princesses: Labour grandees' offspring are following in their parents' footsteps

Tony Blair fuelled speculation last week that his eldest son Euan is to follow him into Westminster politics by revealing he had advised his son he needed "passion" to be an MP.

Email trail: What the BBC bosses really knew

On 29 May 2010, Nick Vaughan-Barratt sent an email to George Entwistle (then the BBC’s Controller of Knowledge Commissioning):

Maria Miller is to have her expenses investigated by the Parliamentary sleaze watchdog

Maria Miller expenses inquiry launched by watchdog

Probe follows complaint that Culture Secretary had claimed more than £90,000 in second home allowances towards the cost of a house where her parents lived

Editorial: A silly warning that conveys a serious message

The hamfisted attempt by a minister's special adviser to frighten off a newspaper nosing around expenses claims has the feel of a comedy of errors. The political sidekick of the Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, told a reporter from The Daily Telegraph – who was asking about the propriety of the minister allowing her parents to live in a home subsidised by the taxpayer – to think carefully about the fact that Ms Miller is having a lot of meetings with newspaper editors over the Leveson Report just now. It's not clear why these dark hints were thought to have any leverage since Ms Miller and the newspaper take pretty much the same line.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is said to have arranged the killing of Anna Politkovskaya at her Moscow flat

Murdered Russian journalist's son seeks 'open trial' of former policeman

The family of a murdered journalist expressed cynicism as the trial of a former police officer implicated in her killing began in Moscow.

Laws need to be enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites to protect journalistic standards, warns Lord Justice Leveson

Mainstream journalistic standards could plunge if laws are not enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites, Lord Justice Leveson warned today.

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible