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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.

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From sex siren to virgin: rising actress Juno Temple

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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

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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.

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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.

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Glee's latest graduate laughs all the way to Hollywood

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