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Organisation dating back to the Middle Ages brings its rules up to date

Philomena Lee in Dublin at the launch of the Philomena Project, a campaign to open up Irish adoption records

Philomena Lee's tragic tale was made into a film starring Judi Dench - but her battle continues

Philomena Lee, the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, launches project to help find children who were forcibly adopted

Sex club owner Mille Markovic is believed to have made many enemies

Gangster Mille Markovic ‘who had pictures of Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf in strip club’ shot dead in his car

Serbian-Swedish businessman found slumped in his vehicle outside his home with gunshot wounds to his head

Indian police escort men accused of the attack to court. 13 men have been arrested and remain in custody.

West Bengal gang-rape: Young woman 'attacked on bamboo platform in front of entire village'

Now India’s highest court has ordered a judicial inquiry

Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon have written a Christmas children's book featuring their twins Roc and Roe's take on a popular carol

Mariah Carey writes Christmas children's book with husband Nick Cannon

Publishers will release 'Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas' in autumn

Keith Houchen heads Coventry's second goal past Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence in the 1987 final

Arsenal v Coventry: Keith Houchen flies Sky Blue flag ahead of FA Cup meeting

One of the heroes of Coventry’s 1987 triumph tells Simon Hart that the battling League One side can make more Cup memories

Gigi Chao pictured with her father, Cecil

Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao 'doubles marriage bounty to £80m' for man who marries his lesbian daughter

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

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse; book review

Gone Girl had neon orange lettering on matt black with a demented scribble design. Before We Met has neon pink lettering on matt black with an exploding flower. Its tagline - “The most dangerous lies are those closest to home” – could very well have been the tagline for Gone Girl.

Shannon Tarbet, Polly Adams and Emilia Fox in 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'
Sandhurst Military Academy, in south-east England, where Noreen Orange's husband trained

Wartime spy’s widow Noreen Orange ends life with cyanide saved for 70 years

Inquest told 85-year-old did not want to be a burden to anyone

John, 9, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, Jayden, 5, Jesse, 6, and Jack Philpott, 7, all died after a blaze was started deliberately at the family's semi-detached house in Allenton, Derby

Philpott fire deaths: Police stop fundraising by Catch Me When I Fall group

Police confirm a man was questioned about allegations connected to the fund

She said, he said: the cast of 'Blurred Lines'

Blurred Lines, theatre review: Robin Thicke meets The Equality Illusion

The Shed, National Theatre, London

Bill Cosby plans to make a new family sitcom and remake Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Bill Cosby is back: Comedian to make new family sitcom for NBC

Two new shows are in the pipeline 20 years after The Cosby Show finished

Paula Lane, Hayley Tamaddon, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jennie McAlpine and Debbie Rush of Coronation Street

National Television Awards 2014: Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Ant and Dec win big

Julie Hesmondhalgh took Serial Drama Performance for her Corrie role

Valérie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris yesterday, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President François Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet

Valerie Trierweiler ‘will stand by her man’ Francois Hollande despite affair, French Closer claims in 'new revelations'

The magazine – which exposed the alleged affair – brought forward its normal Friday publication day by 24 hours to make "new revelations"

US court rules sperm donor to lesbian couple is legal father and must pay child support

Kansas state sues Marotta for $6,000 in child support for four-year-old girl

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France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect