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First Night: Avatar, Odeon, Leicester Square

London rolls out the blue carpet for Avatar (and it's actually quite good)

This Is It, Odeon Leicester Square, London

No thriller, this is just bad

Win tickets to the Thomas & Friends premiere



All aboard as Thomas & Friends are back with their new feature 'Hero of the Rails.'

Alex James: A dedicated follower of farmyard fashion

Rural Notebook

First Night: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Odeon, Leicester Square

It's dark – but at least there's a kiss

First Night: Brüno, Empire, Leicester Square

Out of Austria: Brüno storms London

Stop Messing About, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Carry-on that's short on laughs

Indiana Jones and the child prodigies

Back in 1982, three 12-year-olds decided to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result, premiering tonight, has even impressed Steven Spielberg. By Geoffrey Macnab

'I'm so proud of my daughter Miley' says Billy Ray Cyrus

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus spoke of his pride last night as he and daughter Miley attended the UK premiere of Hannah Montana The Movie.

Observations: Summer nights' sex comedy

An Austrian man, who looks like a cross between Walter Matthau and Paul Gambaccini, but sounds a bit like Jackie Mason as he probes your sex life for laughs in a theatre sounds like the stuff of bad dreams. But it's a scene that will replay live in London for a month from next week. Comedian and amateur sexologist Wolfgang Weinberger will attempt to answer the sexual queries of his audience, who will be divided along gender or gender role lines, relieving the tension of the situation with laughter along the way.

Hit Me!, Leicester Square Theatre, London

What a waste, what a waste (and I do mind)

Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress, Leicester Square Theatre, London<br/>Liberty, Shakespeare's Globe, London<br/>Twelfth Night, Tricycle, London

Joan Rivers is funniest &ndash; and most likeable &ndash; when she's at her most deadly

Anti-gun crime movement may close after loss of state funding

One of Britain's most successful anti-gun crime projects is in danger of closure after the Home Office refused to continue its funding.

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Why the cost of parenting has become so expensive

Today's pre-school child costs £35,000, according to Aviva. And that's but the tip of an iceberg, says DJ Taylor
Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US