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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

Cockroach-eating champion dies

The winner of a cockroach-eating contest in Florida has died after consuming dozens of the live insects and some worms.

Justin Lee Collins hit girlfriend Anna Larke 'to calm her down'

The comedian Justin Lee Collins has admitted that he slapped his girlfriend, but said he only did it to calm her down, a court heard.

I've never hit anyone, Justin Lee Collins tells court

Comedian and television presenter Justin Lee Collins has never hit anyone in his life, he told his trial for domestic and emotional abuse today.

TV comedian Justin Lee Collins 'pushed girlfriend in front of car'

The ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins has accused the television comedian of trying to push her in front of a car on a drunken night out with fellow presenter Alan Carr, a court heard yesterday.

Elvis undies, unwashed, the latest celeb pants up for sale

A pair of underpants that once belonged to Elvis Presley are expected to fetch £10,000 when they go up for auction in Manchester next month. An added bonus for the would-be buyer is that the light-blue boxers come unwashed and with genuine Elvis stains, which came when he wore them underneath a white jumpsuit, during a show in 1977.

All at sea: Norwegian Epic sets sail for Miami in October

Cruise Report: Flexible travellers can snap up 'repositioning' bargains

As summer in Europe winds down, flexible travellers can find bargains on a variety of unusual cruises. We are moving into the "repositioning" season. From late October to early December, numerous ships head west across the Atlantic to spend the winter months plying the warm waters of the Caribbean or South America. To help offset the cost of relocating the ships, cruise lines get paying passengers on board these one-off journeys by offering discounted fares. On these longer voyages – usually about two weeks – the cost per day can work out less than half of what it would be on a regular cruise.

My Life in Travel: Jenny Eclair, comedian and novelist

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My Life in Travel: Jenny Eclair, comedian and novelist

'I arrive with a headache from keeping the plane up with my mental powers'

No one knows exactly when the Matisse painting was switched for the imperfect forgery

FBI seizes Matisse masterpiece replaced by a fake

A painting by Henri Matisse, which was mysteriously stolen from a Venezuelan gallery around 10 years ago, has been seized in Miami, after what the FBI described as a successful undercover "sting" operation.

Floral bikini top, £14, by Warehouse, warehouse.co.uk; tropical shorts, £12, by Topshop, topshop.com; Straw trilby, £25, by Topshop, as before

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Edvard Munch's The Scream sold at auction for almost $120m

The secret of Edvard Munch's record-breaking Scream

Meet Mr Black. The new owner of The Scream. By David Usborne

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Miami naked cannibal attack linked to cannabis-induced psychosis after autopsy reveals Rudy Eugene was not high on bath salts

Rudy Eugene was not high on bath salts when he launched his naked ‘cannibal’ attack on a homeless man, a medical examiner revealed last week.

Wet suits: Surf style meets high fashion

Surf style meets high fashion, no waves required

LeBron James named MVP after Miami Heat triumph over Oklahoma City Thunder to win NBA finals

LeBron James was named series MVP after guiding the Miami Heat to a 4-1 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder - and claimed the accolade was just reward for two tough years.

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Monaco: the making of Wenger

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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Homage or plagiarism?

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

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