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

Writer of unreliable memoir plays safe with LA novel

James Frey, the American writer who was first embraced and then publicly lambasted by Oprah Winfrey for his not-so-truthful drugs and prison memoir, A Million Little Pieces, is embarking on a literary genre where he would probably have been most comfortable from the start – novelistic fiction.

Editor-At-Large: A few frocks on a red rug don't make a film industry

The Baftas are coming, but a bit of glitz and glamour can't disguise the fact that British cinema has little to celebrate

Winfrey gets her own TV network

Oprah Winfrey is getting her own television network. OWN – Oprah Winfrey Network – will debut next year in nearly 70 million homes with cable and satellite, as part of a deal with Discovery Communications. It will replace the Discovery Health network.

The school of Chris Rock

On the eve of a world tour, Chris Rock talks to Julian Hall about Barack Obama, kinky hair and the search for the next great black stand-up

US report warns of worsening Iraq violence

The prospect of an early US withdrawal from Iraq has receded further after an intelligence assessment warned that a pull-out by coalition forces would only lead to a further surge in sectarian violence.

PM faces sleaze row over £2m 'slush fund'

Tony Blair is embroiled in a new row about sleaze, after a local authority watchdog said it was investigating allegations that Labour is using council taxpayers' money for a £2m campaign "slush fund".

Nadal too strong for nemesis Hewitt

Another day on red clay, another figure in the black for Rafael Nadal. The statistics will show that Lleyton Hewitt yesterday became the Spaniard's 57th successive victim on terre battue, but any impression that the French Open's defending champion is having an easy ride here would be thoroughly misleading.

Ellis Cashmore: 'Beyoncé proves that racism is no longer an impediment'

From a lecture by the professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University, delivered at the Celebrity Culture conference at the University of Paisley

Film: In a league of her own

Elisabeth Shue has never fitted the Hollywood mould. With a new film out, she tells TIFFANY ROSE about her singular career

Oprah invites fellow jurors to come on her show

Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television, may only have been paid $17.20 (£9.40) a day for her recent stint as a juror but she plans to cash in on the experience by featuring it on her show next week.

Eleven angry men... and the queen of chat shows

As the queen of confessional daytime television, she should be perfectly equipped to observe domestic dramas unfolding in a courtroom.

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent