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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Warning over library cuts

Cash-strapped councils are cutting library services without sufficient regard for their legal duty to maintain “comprehensive and efficient” provision, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

Lord Justice Leveson

Critics fear MPs' plan to call Leveson could turn into televised 'grilling'

Lord Justice Leveson faces a televised grilling by critical MPs when he publishes his report into press regulation.

Rupert Murdoch has expressed regret for his personal comments about media campaigner Hugh Grant

Murdoch says sorry to Grant over 'love child' remark

Rupert Murdoch experienced the dangers of tweeting in haste for the second time in 24 hours yesterday, issuing an apology to Hugh Grant for a liverish message questioning the actor's commitment to his daughter.

IGN reportedly up for auction

Break Media and SAY Media said to head a list of potential buyers.
Dawn Purvis, programme director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland in the new Belfast clinic

Pro-lifers vow to close Belfast's first private abortion clinic

Opening of Marie Stopes service divides the community despite tougher regulations

Burley approached two volunteers in the street as the news broke and asked them what their reaction to the news was. When they told her they had not heard the latest news she told them.

Sky News presenter, Kay Burley, accused of being 'insensitive bordering on cruel' in interview with April Jones volunteers

The Sky News presenter, Kay Burley, has been accused of being 'insensitive bordering on cruel' by users of the microblogging site Twitter today, after she broke news of April Jones' alleged murder to two volunteers in Machynlleth.

The Europa League trophy

Uefa ask clubs to refer to the Europa League as 'dramatic' and 'prestigious'

UEFA are asking club officials to boost the profile of the Europa League by telling managers and players to refer to the competition in glowing terms, it has emerged.

Search widens as deadline to release April suspect nears

All 44 police forces in England and Wales are now helping in the hunt for missing five-year-old April Jones, it emerged last night, as officers and search teams continued their efforts through driving rain in Machynlleth.

Elisabeth Murdoch and father Rupert

Rupert Murdoch's empire has to be challenged, says Harriet Harman

Labour calls on parties to act together on eve of MacTaggart Lecture by Elisabeth Murdoch

Teen horror Until Dawn announced for PS3

Sony announces Move exclusive slasher during Gamescom briefing with reveal trailer.

Ian Burrell: BBC says it will be spartan behind the scenes but the show will be epic

Roger Mosey, the head of the BBC's Olympics coverage, pulls on his metaphorical hair shirt as he sets out the conditions under which he will be working during the greatest sporting event ever seen in Britain.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the company said in an internal memo on today.

Yahoo poaches Marissa Mayer from Google to take over as CEO

Yahoo electrified Silicon Valley and its own 12,000-strong workforce last night by poaching Marissa Mayer, one of the earliest and most famous employees of its arch-rival Google, to be the company's new chief executive.

Market Report: Sky high after boost for media sector

As one of the City's longest-running bid tales finally came true, media stocks were providing some rare winners yesterday in a tough session on the markets. After it was revealed that the advertising agency Aegis, a subject of takeover speculation for years, is finally getting bought out, BSkyB was another company in the sector on the rise amid optimism ahead of the satellite broadcaster's upcoming results.

Rupert
Murdoch
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Wendi Deng

Murdoch blames 'the English' as he vows not to bid for BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch vowed not to make a new bid for BSkyB after the division of News Corporation yesterday, saying he would focus his media empire on the US because "the English" had made him unwilling to invest any further in the UK.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform