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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.

Army plot to kill Trinidad and Tobago PM is foiled

Law-enforcement officials foiled a plot involving army soldiers and police officers to assassinate the Caribbean country's Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and other government officials, Ms Persad-Bissessar said.

Sir Philip and his wife Tina Green

Has Sir Philip Green lost his Midas Touch?

Once he turned everything into retail gold. But as he closes hundreds of stores, even he is struggling

Former NOTW reporter Neville Thurlbeck

Former 'NOTW' reporter to give evidence to MPs

Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter of the News of the World, has been asked to give evidence to MPs about whether a crucial email on the extent of phone hacking at the paper was described in detail to James Murdoch.

The 10 Best Pocket Camcorders

No more lugging a bulky camcorder on holiday; now they come small enough to fit into your shirt pocket.

The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, left, has called on the new Interior Minister, Anna Maria Cancellieri to act

Shadow of Mafia returns to Italy

The latest murders in a mob turf war have switched the new government on to a racket that costs £100bn a year

James Murdoch stepped down after taking up a position in New York with News Corp

James Murdoch quits boards of UK papers - as fresh scandal hits empire

James Murdoch remains on the editorial board of 'The Times', which would approve any new editor

Hugh Grant lawyer criticises 'smears' accusation

A lawyer for Hugh Grant has criticised the Mail on Sunday after the paper accused the actor of making "mendacious smears" in his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

Guardian to offload loss-making US digital business

The owner of The Guardian newspaper is set to sell a digital publishing business it bought just three years ago, as part of a wider drive drive to overhaul the company and stem losses.

Hugh Grant arrives at the Leveson Inquiry at the High Court in London

Hugh Grant: 'Mail on Sunday may also have hacked my phone'

The publisher of the Mail on Sunday yesterday denied Hugh Grant's allegations at the Leveson Inquiry that key details obtained by the paper about his personal life could only have been obtained by the illegal interception of his voicemails.

The RFU have managed to remain in robust financial health

RFU announce record results

The Rugby Football Union were today offered some respite from the chaos that has engulfed Twickenham by posting a record financial performance of £8.7million profit.

Sky News' star reporters angry at scrutiny of reporting practices

The satellite broadcaster BSkyB has appointed outside lawyers to conduct a trawl of the emails of star journalists working on its rolling news channel Sky News to ensure that there is no evidence of stories being obtained by illicit news-gathering methods.

The Week Ahead: Leaner and greener is the name of the game for Mitie

The Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, published a report last week which called for improved energy efficiency in public buildings. The study, entitled, Leaner and Greener Part 2: Putting Buildings To Work,recommended investment in energy-efficient measures and renewable energy, saying public bodies should team up with the private sector to do so. Seymour Pierce believes Mitie and Carillion "are the two best-placed companies under our coverage to benefit from this".

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BSkyB names two new directors

British Sky Broadcasting, the media group which has resisted calls from shareholders to oust its chairman, James Murdoch, over the phone-hacking scandal, has named Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse as non-executive directors.

The classified document detailed the movements of President Obama and his security entourage during the visit to Australia this week

Obama's secret security details found in gutter

President Obama's movements during his whirlwind trip to Australia this week were choreographed in painstaking detail – as an Australian journalist who found a classified copy of his schedule in a Canberra gutter can testify.

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