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Apology over phone hacking scandal

News of the World publisher News International sought to draw a line under the phone hacking scandal today, apologising and admitting liability in a number of cases.

My Secret Life: Max Clifford, PR consultant, 67

My parents were ... Lillian and Frank. He was an electrical worker and an accomplished classical pianist and my mum was a housewife.

Watchdog to probe undercover PC case

Independent officials will examine whether police tried to cover up the role of an undercover colleague who infiltrated a group of environmental activists.

Charles Nevin: Things to worry about after your rest

Start The Week: Some believe that Life is being written by an inspired but malevolent scriptwriter combining the talents of William Brown, Jonathan Swift, Lady Gaga, Stuey from Family Guy, Max Clifford and Edgar Allan Po

'News of the World' suspends executive over 'phone-hacking'

Senior journalist accused of instructing private detective to target Sienna Miller

Honeymoon murder: Questions the groom must face

A night-time taxi ride leaves a bride slain. Did her husband arrange her death? Is he linked to an earlier killing? Or is he being framed by man trying to save his own neck?

Terri Judd: From shocked victim to murder 'accomplice'

In just a few weeks Shrien Dewani has gone from being the heartbroken victim of an unimaginably cruel crime to a man accused of plotting a murder.

Murdered bride's husband paid to have her killed, says cab driver

Shrien Dewani arranged to have his new bride murdered after striking a deal with a taxi driver in South Africa where they were on their honeymoon, the High Court in Cape Town heard.

Jungle queen 'may earn £5m in a year'

The pop singer Stacey Solomon could earn up to £5m next year after winning the reality television show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the weekend, according to the publicist Max Clifford.

Chandlers sell hostage story 'for £500,000'

Freed hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler have sold the story of how they were kidnapped by Somali pirates in a deal worth an estimated £500,000.

Why following your stars is about to get a whole lot easier

The celebrity stalking industry can be dated back to the 1950s, when enterprising young bucks on Hollywood Boulevard began selling maps showing the homes of movie stars. Next week, it will take a giant leap forward, with a website that will map not just Hollywood but the entire planet, and not the stars' homes, but the stars themselves.

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The man remains a mystery, but his Russian revolution rolls on

Boxing: Hatton's licence withdrawn

Former world champion Ricky Hatton today had his boxer's licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control.



Phone-hacking: Where does it all go from here?

The No 10 communications chief proclaims his innocence, but with inquiries and court cases threatening, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch are watching keenly. James Hanning reports
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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
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there