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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Richard Ingrams' Week: He may be troubled, but Al Fayed is far from mad

"Troubled" is the latest word to be used to describe the motley collection of deadbeats and drug addicts who comprise today's celebrities. Paul Gascoigne is a troubled former footballer. Amy Winehouse is a troubled singer. I was only surprised not to see Mohamed Al Fayed described as troubled Harrods supremo.

Mary Dejevsky: Why does Mohamed Al Fayed get such stick?

How the great and good of the British establishment must be rejoicing – discreetly sheltered by their castle walls and stucco facades. They finally granted Mohamed Al Fayed his yearned-for day in court, and now the whole Diana conspiracy has evaporated in the steam of his own overheated rhetoric. That's what we call fair play, old chaps, fair play.

Stevens hits back at 'scurrilous' Diana allegations

The police officer who led the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales today dismissed "scurrilous allegations" that he had not done his job properly.

Fayed may have bugged Diana, says her sister

Diana, Princess of Wales, suspected Mohamed Al Fayed had secretly bugged her conversations while she was his guest during a yachting holiday in the Mediterranean just days before she died in Paris in 1997.

Al Fayed 'urged' Diana bodyguard to recall flash of light before crash

Trevor Rees felt pressured by Mohamed Al Fayed to "remember" a flash in the tunnel moments before the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, the inquest into her death heard yesterday.

Diana inquest: How The Rock found himself in a hard place

He was the hub of Diana's wheel. Everyone else was on a spoke. But at the inquest last week it all fell apart. David Randall on the day the secrets ran out

Diana's former butler 'lied' about ring she was given by Dodi Fayed

The former royal butler Paul Burrell was accused of lying about a ring given to Diana, Princess of Wales, by Dodi Fayed, during his evidence yesterday at the inquest into their deaths.

Burrell: Diana wanted to marry heart surgeon

After the "rock" came the "hub". Paul Burrell, the royal butler whom Diana, Princess of Wales, considered vital to her existence, claimed yesterday that he co-ordinated her life to such an extent that she asked him to arrange a potential "private wedding" to a Muslim heart surgeon she called her "soul mate", rather than to Dodi Fayed.

Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 1: Ray of hope for Fulham after Dempsey goal stops the rot

Caretaker Lewington minds the shop for Fayed and earns a valuable point

Arcelor poised to snub Mittal again

The board of the steel group Arcelor is today expected to announce the rejection of an improved offer from Mittal Steel.

'Barcelona had 11 men and a referee on their side'

Arsenal's improbable dream of winning the European Cup ended in a frustrating, emotionally-drained defeat to Barcelona last night with captain Thierry Henry raging against the performance of referee Terje Hauge, and manager Arsène Wenger saying that one of his assistants had acted "suspiciously".

Fulham's turn to fret over rising star

As clubs follow the academy way, Omozusi proves that it pays to beware admiring eyes

Another pay day for Neil and Christine, the couple who turn muck into brass head here xyz Hamilton head here xyz

Neil Hamilton hasn't changed, unfortunately, not one bit. The former Conservative minister is the same grasping, boastful, smug, vulgar, deluded, obfuscating, mendacious oaf he always was. Those qualities, after all, along with a few other nastier ones, were what shot him into the public eye in the first place, when he was accused by Mohammed Al Fayed of accepting "cash for questions" - of taking payment to make planted inquiries in the House of Commons in return for plain brown envelopes stuffed with cash.

Another pay day for Neil and Christine, the couple who turn muck into brass

Neil Hamilton hasn't changed, unfortunately, not one bit. The former Conservative minister is the same grasping, boastful, smug, vulgar, deluded, obfuscating, mendacious oaf he always was. Those qualities, after all, along with a few other nastier ones, were what shot him into the public eye in the first place, when he was accused by Mohammed Al Fayed of accepting "cash for questions" - of taking payment to make planted inquiries in the House of Commons in return for plain brown envelopes stuffed with cash.

Lewington's Hornets sting frail Fulham

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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