News Yes we can (fit it all in): Obama has come under fire for his fat-filled photo shoots

The POTUS has revealed his past as a pot-user. These days, says David Usborne, Barack Obama has other vices

Brandon Rios (left) connects with a left hand against John Murray

Boxing: Murray runs out of steam while Cotto gains his revenge at last

Manchester's John Murray failed in his bid to claim the WBA lightweight title as he was stopped in the 11th round by Brandon Rios in New York on Saturday night.

US Opower moves to help UK

Opower, a US energy efficiency company believed to be worth up to $1bn, has started its expansion into Europe with a new London-based boss.

Atwell says: 'I pulled out of a trip to Ayia Napa - I don't like clubbing or going to places where everyone is English'

My Life In Travel: Hayley Atwell, actress

'Documenting a trip makes it much richer'

Juno Temple

'My dad is one of my biggest inspirations'

Juno Temple's parents are film royalty. But she has no qualms about exploring the seedier end of the spectrum. She tells Kaleem Aftab why

Icap takes on Pettit

Icap has recruited MF Global's top futures broker, Gary Pettit, as global head of financial futures and options.

From sex siren to virgin: rising actress Juno Temple

Juno Temple - 'My dad is one of my biggest inspirations'

Juno Temple's parents are film royalty. But she has no qualms about exploring the seedier end of the spectrum. She tells Kaleem Aftab why

Sure shot: Scorsese on the set of 'Hugo'

Talkin' to Scorsese

Geoffrey Macnab investigates a new book on the auteur director

Sure shot: Scorsese on the set of 'Hugo'

Martin Scorsese: You talkin’ to me?

A fascinating new book captures Martin Scorsese in conversation – and reveals an addiction to film that stretches back to the director’s early childhood

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced charges of sexual assault and attempted rape

Does the DSK conspiracy theory stack up?

It is an incendiary story that has all Paris buzzing: that Nicolas Sarkozy's cronies could have concocted an allegation of rape. But can it be true? John Lichfield analyses the evidence

Charlotte Church waived fee for 'good press'

Charlotte Church described today how she agreed to waive a £100,000 fee for singing at Rupert Murdoch's wedding in exchange for a promise of future favourable coverage in his papers.

Strauss-Kahn, right, and Sarkozy meet at a G20 meeting in February

We didn't smear DSK, insists Sarkozy's party

Suggestions the French ruling party may have been involved in a plot to disgrace former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dismissed as " fantasy" yesterday by one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest allies.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to force Washington to abandon its partisan ways.

New challenge to Obama: a White House rival from outside the box

Online group asks US voters to pick centrist presidential hopeful to break two-party system

Body of alleged New York mafia boss Salvatore Montagna found by river in Canada

The body of an alleged mafia boss, who once led New York's notorious Bonanno crime family, has been found by the side of a river in Canada.

Lea Michele

Glee's latest graduate laughs all the way to Hollywood

Lea Michele leaps from TV to movies in the starry 'New Year's Eve' but is too upbeat and driven to let the strain get to her, says Kaleem Aftab

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas