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Property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung first offered £40 million after his daughter Gigi Chao entered into a civil partnership

Pigs' faces censored in International New York Times news story

Identity of swine shrouded in secrecy

A Hindu devotee with needles protruding his cheeks walks towards the 272 steps taking up to the Batu Caves Temple during the Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks to the press following his appointment

Comment: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has entered a madhouse at Cardiff City - and he won't leave it on the good terms on which he has arrived

Working for owner Vincent Tan is unpredictable and far from the familiarity he enjoyed at Manchester United and Molde

Malky Mackay finally ended Cardiff’s long quest to gain promotion by winning the Championship title last season

Malky Mackay sacked: Revenge is a dish best served cold for Vincent Tan as proud Mackay bows to the inevitable

To the fans Mackay remains a messianic figure, viewed as the best manager the club has ever had

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No shortage of controversial owners and chairmen; Cardiff's Vincent Tan may yet end up as one of the more villainous. On the pitch, being loyal Welsh internationals won't spare the likes of Craig Bellamy, Ashley Williams and others from dog's abuse.

Is Cardiff City's Vincent Tan the worst club owner in the history of football?

We take a look at the most controversial club owners to have graced football

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay gives the thumbs up to fans ahead of their match against Liverpool

Liverpool v Cardiff City: Malky Mackay focused on 'doing his job properly' despite threat of sack from owner Vincent Tan

The Bluebirds' manager could be taking charge of the side for the final time after Tan issued a 'resign or face being sacked' ultimatum

Vincent Tan (right) in happier times with Malky Mackay (centre) as they celebrate a Cardiff victory

Theatre lover Vincent Tan produces a dark Welsh farce at Cardiff

Malaysian does not understand football culture as he is treating Cardiff like a franchise not a club

Football clubs play away for stock market listings

Every season, Premier League football matches are broadcast to 720 million homes across the world, making “the beautiful game” one of Britain’s most popular exports.

An artist's impression of the Garden Bridge

Joanna Lumley’s garden bridge over the Thames gets £30m seal of approval from Government

The Government has pledged £30 million in funding for actress Joanna Lumley’s vision, as it plans to sell off £20 billion state assets

London slavery case: Maoist sect leader Comrade Bala claimed he was 'Jesus Christ'

Former activist claims charismatic leader persuaded female followers  to put him before their own families

Officers stand outside flats in Brixton, south London, as police are conducting house-to-house inquiries

London 'slavery house': Police alerted Lambeth Council 15 years ago

Latest: Reports suggest alleged victims may have been moved around several times over three decades

A muslim protestor reads a Koran during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word 'Allah'

Non-Muslims cannot refer to God as Allah, Malaysian court rules

A Malaysian court ruled yesterday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

Michael Page shares slide with ‘difficult’ end to year expected

Shares in white collar recruiter Michael Page International fell 5% today after a slowdown in Australia and Europe forced it to downgrade expected operating profit for the year.

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The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss
Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

A new tomb has just gone up in the Middle East's graveyard of US and British political reputations, says Patrick Cockburn
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Meet the top 12 wacky candidates seeking your vote in May
Countdown to the election: Operation Save Danny Alexander shifts into high gear as the SNP target his Commons seat

Operation Save Danny Alexander shifts into high gear

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury didn’t forget his Highland roots in the Budget. But the SNP is after his Commons seat
The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure

The US is getting frayed at the edges

Public spending on infrastructure is only half of Europe’s, and some say the nation’s very prosperity is threatened, says Rupert Cornwell
Mad Men final episodes: Museum exhibition just part of the hoopla greeting end of 1960s-set TV hit

New Yorkers raise a glass to Mad Men

A museum exhibition is just part of the hoopla greeting the final run of the 1960s-set TV hit
Land speed record: British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

Bloodhound SSC will attempt to set a new standard in South Africa's Kalahari desert
Housebuilders go back to basics by using traditional methods and materials

Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud at the wall until it sticks

Traditional materials are ticking all the construction boxes: they are cheap, green – and anyone can use them
Daniel Brühl: 'When you have success abroad, you become a traitor. Envy is very German'

Daniel Brühl: 'Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)
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Celebrating 100 years of Leica

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