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Paris Hilton blocked from entering Japan

Paris Hilton's spokeswoman says Japanese officials have stopped the celebrity socialite from entering the country for a promotional appearance a day after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges in Las Vegas.

Paris Hilton banned from resorts after drug arrest

Paris Hilton was banned from two resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and her boyfriend dismissed as a nightclub partner following their arrests in a vehicle that police said reeked of cannabis.

Paris Hilton likely to avoid jail on cocaine bust

Paris Hilton was charged today with cocaine posession after a high-profile arrest in Las Vegas during the weekend, but the socialite is unlikely to do a second stint behind bars.

Paris Hilton is arrested for cocaine possession

Heiress detained on drugs charges for the third time this year

Paris Hilton arrested over cocaine in Las Vegas

Socialite Paris Hilton has been arrested for possession of cocaine after officers stopped the car she was in on a Las Vegas street, police said.

The Highlight Reel: So, whose private jets stopped fans from seeing the match?

Hands up if it was you Hilton, and your new-found interest in soccer? Or you Mr Kissinger, in another diplomatic triumph? Or perhaps, Queen Sofia of Spain, it was you who was the cause of the most improbable traffic jam at this or any World Cup?

Hello Kitty's canine cousin Rebecca Bonbon is latest Japanese craze in the making

Meet Rebecca Bonbon. She's not from around here, but chances are you'll be seeing a lot more of her in the near future. Rebecca was born in Paris but has lived most of her life in New York (it's a long story), and if your paths have never crossed, it simply means that you haven't been hanging out in the right circles.

Mariah Carey 'had Paris Hilton sacked'

Mariah Carey reportedly had Paris Hilton sacked from a music video.

2009: The Good, the Bad and the Bonkers

We all know the Booker, Turner, and Orange Prizes, and the Oscars, Grammys, and Perriers. But not every award handed out in the course of the year is as high-profile. Some – perhaps more socially useful – gongs do not get the coverage they deserve. Time to put that right. Here, then, are The Other Awards of the year

Goblins, a dentist and the worst movie ever

Sheffield Doc/Fest opens next week, in association with 'The Independent', and will feature the story of the film voted the biggest turkey in history. Alice Jones tracks down its stars and picks ten new documentary films to watch at the festival

Hollywood can breathe again as Burglar Bunch are arrested

Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom among victims of 'celebrity-obsessed' gang

James Lawton: The gods of football, and the mortals at Barça, would not have been impressed

Those who believe that almost everything Real Madrid have come to stand for makes a travesty of sport as we have always known it and respected it and, yes, loved it, are unlikely to be too reassured.

Paris Hilton sued in fraud case

In an odd intersection of showbiz and securities fraud, proving a claim that Paris Hilton was a lousy pitchwoman would benefit investors jilted by a Ponzi scheme she had no part in.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there