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

Diane Abbott: You Ask The Questions

The Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington answers your questions, such as 'Why did your son go to private school?' and 'Isn't multiculturalism a failure?'

A fairytale role model: What impact will Disney's first black heroine Princess Tiana have on children?

Paul McKenzie takes his daughter Esme, 7, to the cinema to find out

Michelle Obama: Meeting military families has been one of my biggest privileges

When people ask me what I'm most proud of this first year, I usually give them two responses. I usually say, first, as a mother I am most proud that our two girls have made that adjustment and they've built a new life here and are happy and healthy, and as I say, as normal as they could possibly be under these circumstances. I joke that I still recognise them. So that's a good thing.

State of the union: One year on, are we still in love with Barack and Michelle Obama

To their millions of admirers around the world, they represent the American Dream come true. But as Barack and Michelle Obama celebrate a year in the White House, is their union as perfect as it seems?

Obama defends war as he accepts Nobel peace prize

President Barack Obama evoked the cause of a just war today, accepting his Nobel Peace Prize just nine days after sending 30,000 more US troops to war in Afghanistan but promising to use the prestigious prize to "reach for the world that ought to be."

Google says sorry for racist image of Michelle

Google has suffered a blow to its reputation as a champion of liberalism after it inadvertently helped a racist picture of Michelle Obama become one of the most viewed images on the internet.

Google says sorry for offensive Michelle Obama image

Google is apologizing for a racially offensive image of the First Lady that appears at the top of the list when users search for pictures of Michelle Obama on its site.

Stephen Foley: Would you care if AOL were to disappear?

US Outlook: If you wanted to read last night about Oprah Winfrey quitting her chat show, or Michelle Obama's wardrobe, you could have gone to AOL's website. But of course you didn't have to. There's lots of coverage of Oprah out there on the web. And if you were after something more entertaining by half, you might watch a Barack and Michelle elf dance on YouTube.

The Oprah Winfrey Channel

She may be leaving her show, but the queen of daytime TV has grand plans to expand her broadcasting empire. David Usborne reports

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The Flaming Lips, Troxy, London

It's professional and all a bit plastic, but Beyonce still glisters in her bustle

Christina Patterson: Why it's hard to be a blonde in the City

Two tales of the City. In the first, an attractive blonde meets a City financier, and is very, very cross because she is treated like "an Eastern European mail-order bride". In the second, an attractive blonde meets a City financier and is very, very cross because, she says, he tried to kiss her, even though he doesn't fancy blondes. Dearie me. It's hard to be a blonde in the City.

Google's Sesame Street 40th celebrations continue

Not only was it the year Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Woodstock changed the concept of the music festival forever, and colour TV launched in the UK - 1969 was also the year that Sesame Street launched, 40 years ago today.

Sarah Sands: Why it takes a mother to make the male of the species blush

No matter how powerful the man, he can always be embarrassed by his mum

Why Sesame Street still counts

It's four decades since the residents of one of the most famous addresses on TV made their debut. Guy Adams reports on an educational institution

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: America's racial divide is healing faster than our own

Black Americans can rise to the sky &ndash; but the poorest languish forever
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thurston Moore interview

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Bradley Cooper is terrific