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Macklemore said Kendrick deserved best rap album

Sinead O'Connor has ended her fourth marriage after just 16 days

Sinead O'Connor single again after just 16 days

Musician Sinead O'Connor has parted from her fourth husband after just 16 days of marriage.

Donald MacInnes: A glutton for punishment, my card’s really on the ropes this time

Last week I detailed how my flimsy little Santander debit card had taken a man-sized kicking in Miami, due to the demands placed upon me to make sure I tipped with as much largesse as American waiting staff deemed acceptable (for the record, it's 83 per cent of the value of the bill, plus a 3 per cent cut of your net wages for the next four years, plus a set of Argos pasta plates). However, that shock to my monetary system was but a stern telling-off compared with the toe-to-toe slugfest to which this day, Christmas Eve, provides the climax.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr appears in court to plead on domestic violence and other charges

Boxer Mayweather jailed for domestic violence

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced battery, domestic violence and harassment charges.

Dan Wheldon was killed by a head injury after colliding with a post

Wheldon's death due to 'perfect storm' of factors

IndyCar officials yesterday determined British driver Dan Wheldon was killed by blunt force head trauma after colliding with a fence post that lined the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track.

Khan knocks Peterson down

Amir Khan eyes Las Vegas for Lamont Peterson rematch

Amir Khan insists he would prefer his rematch with Lamont Peterson to be at a neutral venue rather than in the UK.

Violetta Villas

The singer Violetta Villas, who has died aged 73, was a coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music, a Polish singer who became a caberet star in Las Vegas and who was trapped for years behind the Iron Curtain when she flew home to tend to her dying mother.

DVD: The Hangover: Part 2 (15)

Todd Haynes's first, hugely successful Hangover caper was innovative, crude and funny, the lead characters – decent Doug (Justin Bartha), indecent Phil (Bradley Cooper), unhinged Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and neurotic Stu (Ed Helms) – were obnoxious but still endearing, particularly Helms's bullied dentist.

Indycar: Dan Wheldon funeral today

The funeral of British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon will be held today in his adopted hometown St Petersburg, Florida.

Gloves come off in presidential debate

The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, aware that voting starts within 11 weeks and many votes remain up for grabs.

Britney Spears wants more children

Britney Spears wants another baby.

Mission Drift, Traverse, Edinburgh

The Team don't do things by halves. The New York-based Theatre of the Emerging American Movement state their mission as being to dissect what it means to be an American, living in America today.

Lamb of God Russell Brand

Russell Brand is set to star in 'Lamb of God'.

Victorious Khan dismisses Judah complaints

Amir Khan denied he had dispatched Zab Judah with a low blow to become unified light-welterweight champion.

Boxing: Khan aims to light up Las Vegas with career-defining win

Amir Khan is now a Las Vegas star with his name in lights, and he is convinced that the man who knocked him senseless in 2008 made it all possible.

Boxing: Khan looks the part for showdown with veteran Judah

Amir Khan is closer to Hollywood than his pal David Haye may ever be. The WBA light-welterweight champion trains deep in the heart of Tinseltown and admits he is acquiring the heady taste of celluloid, with movie stars among regular watchers of his workouts in the Wildcard gym of Freddie Roach.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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