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The troubled star is set to give fans the biggest insight into her life away from the headlines

Body language expert: 'Lance Armstrong proud of fooling everyone'

While the disgraced cyclist confessed his use of performance-enhancing drugs up until 2005, his gestures suggest he may not be as contrite as he claims

Lance Armstrong is 'a disgusting human being' says British Olympic champion Nicole Cooke

Interview with Oprah Winfrey described as 'pantomine'

World awaits Lance Armstrong admission

Disgraced cyclist's interview with Opray Winfrey airs later today

Lance Armstrong is preparing to give his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles for doping offences

Armstrong apologises to Livestrong charity staff ahead of Oprah Winfrey interview

Disgraced cyclist chokes back tears before his expected confession of doping

Lance Armstrong will appear on Oprah this Thursday

Cycling: Lance Armstrong is urged to name and shame all who aided him

British chief calls on doping cheat to come clean on his TV date with Oprah Winfrey

The Oprah effect: Winfrey, at a campaign rally in 2007, is said to have won the election for Obama

Forgive us, Oprah, for we have sinned

Out of America: She is the mother confessor of the United States, the woman to whom the nation's miscreants turn and tell all

Lance Armstrong: The Oprah interview will air on 17 January

He's beaten cancer, won seven Tours, but can Lance Armstrong find redemption on Oprah Winfrey's sofa

Disgraced cyclist bids to win over US public in interview with queen of TV confessions

Michael Tubbs is one of the youngest elected officials in the United States

Student, 22, backed by Oprah and MC Hammer wins council election

A bankrupt city recently dubbed the "most miserable" place in America is back in the news for all the right reasons, after a 22-year-old student succeeded in a celebrity-backed campaign to win election to the local council.

Is Facebook the 21st century confessional box?

Autobiographies, status updates, Twitter - we're all programmed to confess our every move in modern society.

Irish author Maeve Binchy dies at 72

Bestselling Irish author Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland's most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, has died in Dublin after a brief illness, Irish media and national leaders said. She was 72 years old.

Boyd Holbrook

Screentalk: Wild about Boyd Holbrook

Boyd Holbrook will play the object of desire of Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen in Naomi Foner's Very Good Girls. Peter Sarsgaard and Demi Moore also star in the story of two best friends determined to lose their virginity. They fall in love with the same artist (Holbrook) in the film set to shoot in New York in June.

Graduates at Barnard College, New York, last week

Rupert Cornwell: Is this the bursting of the education bubble?

Out of America: As students prepare to graduate saddled with record levels of debt, the parallels with the sub-prime mortgage crisis are hard to ignore

Whitney Houston took cocaine before drowning

Whitney Houston died as a result of accidental drowning, but cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors, a coroner said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown tells Oprah Winfrey: Whitney Houston was 'my everything'

In her first interview since Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she was "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.

Harvard goes Gaga for new human rights star

The hallowed lectern at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre has, over the years, been graced by such speakers as Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Mikhail Gorbachev. Yesterday, a very different sort of global opinion-former joined their lofty ranks: Lady Gaga.

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Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
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Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

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Sanctuary for the suicidal

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A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits