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The First Lady on confidence, achievement and the all-important issue plaguing the female face of a nation: plastic surgery

Hollywood postpones violent programmes after Sandy Hook shooting

Movie studios and television programmers have postponed or canceled violent films and TV shows after a shooting left 20 children and six adults dead in a Connecticut elementary school last week.

Gangnam Style rapper PSY asks Tom Cruise to dance

The South Korean rapper behind YouTube’s most-viewed video ever has invited Tom Cruise to join in the famous dance.

Jack Harvey, winner of the 2012 World's Biggest Liar contest spins his tale at the Santon Bridge Inn, Wasdale

The World's Biggest Liar: the art of fibbing

“Now you're not going to believe this,” said Glenn Boylan as he took to the stage at the Santon Bridge Inn in the Lake District valley of Wasdale. But, of course, that was the whole point. Glenn was defending his title of World's Biggest Liar in the competition that is held annually in the pub.

Certainly m’Lady! Michelle Obama requests Downton Abbey series three early

Having been so busy on the campaign trail up until last week, you can understand why America’s First Lady Michelle Obama is keen to curl up on the sofa with a decent box set.

The Obama family - growing up in the White House

For Sasha and Malia Obama, four more years as the First Daughters

When her father's second term as president is up, Malia Obama will be 18 years old and entering into adulthood. She and her younger sister, Sasha, will have spent their formative years in the White House, a place that their parents have attempted to shape into something resembling a normal home.

Power dressing: the election-race wardrobes

With polling in the US about to get under way, Harriet Walker casts her vote on who has won in the fashion stakes

Is Donald Trump going to leak Obama divorce papers?

Rampaging wig-head Donald Trump, not put off by the failure of his birther conspiracy, has been claiming this week he has another bombshell to drop on President Obama's campaign for re-election. It's "bordering on gigantic", says Trump. But what could it be this time?

As America's presidential candidates are neck and neck, Florida prepares for final debate

The noisy carnival that is every presidential race in Florida has started already on the corner of Route 1 and Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, the preferred spot for Barry Sheen to brandish assorted slogans at oncoming traffic.  He has had “projectiles” hurled at him by drivers, he says, and 20 death threats so far. 

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Parade: wrote Parade's End; home ground Valley Parade; co-stars of 1948 film Easter Parade.

Barack Obama enjoying a beer with locals in Iowa earlier this month

Brewing: 'We the people... demand Barack Obama's beer recipe'

Barack Obama is known to enjoy a "brewksi" and his aides and thirsty journalists have been lucky enough to share a pitcher of his White House homebrew on the presidential campaign bus.

Michelle Obama arrives in Britain for start of two-day Olympic visit

Michelle Obama arrived in Britain today for the start of a two-day visit designed to showcase the best of Team USA – and perhaps steal a little thunder from her husband's gaffe prone presidential rival Mitt Romney.

#Romneyshambles: 'Some Americans just shouldn't leave the country', says Carl Lewis

"Stay home if you don't know what to say," says nine-times gold medal winning sprinter

Michelle Obama to attend Olympic Games ceremony

Michelle Obama will be travelling to London to attend the Olympic Games' opening ceremony, the White House announced.

Pucker up: Barack and Michelle Obama smooch on the big screen

Barack Obama proves Michelle is still his First Lady

It was a dream moment for any politician. There was the first couple in the seats of the Washington's basketball arena, the Verizon Centre, watching an exhibition match between Brazil and the US Olympics squad when the Kiss Cam swung by.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. The Jules Rimet Trophy, the original World Cup.

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

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Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

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Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution