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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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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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