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Recipient actually lived in Illinois, not Daughter Killed In Car Crash

North Korea book wins top award

The £20,000 BBC Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction has been awarded to an American journalist for her account of the lives of six people in the world's most secretive country.

Wagner star and director clash in US costume drama

British actor says production is 'artistically flawed' by cumbersome masks and 'dangerous' design

Voices off: Gaming's unseen heroes

You might not recognise their faces, but they provide the voices for the characters in your favourite titles. Archie Bland meets the actors who bring video games to life

William Tuohy: US war correspondent who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in Vietnam

William Tuohy, a late-blooming American war correspondent who won a Pulitzer Prize in Vietnam, then covered conflicts far and wide and in between enjoyed the good life in London, died on 31 December at the age of 83 after open heart surgery in Los Angeles.

The schizophrenic genius whose worst fears came true

Walter Sartory made a fortune in the markets, but it never made him happy and was the motive for his murder, writes Guy Adams

The truth is out there: 05/12/2009

A weekly look at the world

Transsexual who went back to being a man is found dead

When Mike Penner, a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, typed the words "I am a transsexual sportswriter", it became the most celebrated coming-out of the internet era.

Guy Adams: Chaste all round the dancefloor

LA Notebook

Jack Nelson

Jack Nelson, who died on 21 October aged 80, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times and was the paper's Washington bureau chief for 20 years.

TMZ boss sues police over Mel Gibson scoop

Website founder claims LA cops snooped on telephone records to trace leak

Guy Adams: How to lose celebrity friends in Hollywood

LA Notebook

For the record: 06/07/2009

“I think they might benefit from a Beeching-style enquiry to explore just how well they are serving the public with the public’s money and just how many of those media branchlines are really necessary and viable” The ITV newsreader Alastair Stewart questions the value of the BBC

Johann Hari: How we can save newspapers

Is it time governments got involved with supporting the world of news-gathering?

Stephen Glover: Are Cameron's friends in the right-wing press deserting him?

The front page of The Times last Tuesday will have shaken the teacups at Tory HQ. At the top was a photograph of David and Samantha Cameron standing alongside David Ross and his girlfriend. Mr Ross is the chap in the soup over his shareholding in Carphone Warehouse. The headline over the picture was "The Party's over for Carphone playboy". The unwritten headline was "And Cameron is a silly ass for accepting donations from such a man".

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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