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Speaking for the first time following the singer’s arrest, Universal chief Lucian Grainge broke company protocol to make this public plea

True blood: What the forensic pathologist saw

It's splattered over vampire movies, TV shows and crime novels. But the bloody reality of guts and gore is even more fascinating than the fiction, writes New York pathologist Jonathan Hayes

Dozens injured as turbulence slams jet

A flight from Brazil to Texas dropped without warning, throwing flight attendants against the roof.

Gasquet free to play after ITF cuts ban

Richard Gasquet has been cleared to return to the tour after being banned following a positive cocaine test, the International Tennis Federation said yesterday.

Good to be God, By Tibor Fischer

Tyndale Corbett is all washed-up at 40: no job, no mortgage, no wife, no kids, no prospects. So when his friend offers him the chance to impersonate him and go to Miami for a conference of handcuff manufacturers, why wouldn't he jump at it? Once he gets there, he realises he has no good reason to return to England. He's going to get into religion, use his salesmanship talents to make some money. But he's not going to be any old preacherman. His aim is to convince the citizens of Miami that he is, in person, God. A splendid comic premise, but it dwindles away as the story proceeds.

Scandal priest Father Cutie goes over to the other side

Florida is gripped by a tale with a heady mix of sex, sand, God, celebrity and celibacy

How Miami made crime pay

While 'The Wire' has caused anger in Baltimore, 'CSI Miami' celebrates its host city, even if it is mostly shot in California. Sophie Morris flies in

Murray forced to fight hard for Miami victory

Andy Murray has reached the last 16 of the Miami Masters after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 2004 Olympic champion Nicolas Massu last night. Murray will now play Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who earlier beat Bjorn Phau 6-4 6-3.

Barbara Hulanicki's top shopping spots

She's crazy about clashing colours and can't stand minimalism – so where does the designer find inspiration for her interiors? She reveals all to Kate Watson-Smyth

It may be fashion, but is it art?

Last week, one of the world's most prestigious art fairs devoted an entire section to the glossy, airbrushed world of fashion photography. As demand for such imagery soars, Rhiannon Harries asks, does a Galliano shoot really belong in a gallery?

Album: The Doors, Live at the Matrix 1967 (Rhino)

An artist's early death usually ensures that all their recorded performances are released in some form.

Straightheads (18)

Album: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends

Solos, Sessions & Encores (Sony BMG)

L'Oreal Took My Home, by Monica Waitzfelder, translated by Peter Bush

An ugly story of anti-Semitism, profiteering and denial behind a beauty giant

Yes, it's those lovable 'locusts'. Buyout firms start to spin

A public profile that alternates between "buccaneering asset strippers" and a "swarm of locusts" is one few would covet.

Gorgeous George could climb celebrity alphabet

It seems that the previously indefatigable George Galloway may be tiring of his parliamentary concerns.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?