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German composer Hans Zimmer

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British customers will be hit with charges on new debit and credit cards if a proposed European Union rule is allowed to come into force

Card fees to be introduced for British customers following EU rule change

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Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's west London embassy for a year

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He fears moves are already under way to extradite him from London to US

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

The Home Secretary's premature decision is enough to show she has prejudged the issue and her bias would make any subsequent decision open to challenge, says Geoffrey Robertson

Retailer collected payments on unwanted mobile for 10 months

Questions of Cash: Tell me what I should look for if crooks have rigged up an ATM

Q: You answered a reader’s letter (Questions of Cash, 11 May) on a fraud committed at an HBOS ATM, where a “skimming device” was fitted to the front of the machine.  The victim was obviously unaware of this, but apparently a subsequent customer was as they reported it to the branch when it reopened after the weekend. I have no idea what to look for and many other readers will be similarly uninformed.  Please enlighten us!  IM, by email.

Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2013 with MasterCard gather on stage today at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket for a celebratory group photo, including; James McAvoy (3rd row from back, 5th from right), Billie Piper (3rd row from back, far left), David Wood (2nd row from back, seated far left), Leigh Zimmerman (3rd row from back, 4th from right), Tade Biesinger (3rd row from back, 3rd from left), Luke Treadaway (2nd row from back, 4th from right) and Rafe Spall (2nd row from back, 3rd from right). The star-studded ceremony hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28 April.

Stars gather to celebrate Olivier Award nominations

Theatre stars such as James McAvoy and Billie Piper shared a stage today as nominees for this year's Olivier Awards gathered to celebrate their inclusion on the shortlist.

Seth MacFarlane, actor and Oscars host

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British breakthrough act: Ben Howard

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Former lovers Taylor Swift and One Direction's Harry Styles could have an uncomfortable moment at the Brit Awards later this month after both were booked to perform.

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