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A report by children's charity the NSPCC revealed the extent of Savile's offending over several decades

Michelle Obama: What the US First Lady really thinks about turning 50

The First Lady on confidence, achievement and the all-important issue plaguing the female face of a nation: plastic surgery

Relationships strained between the two after Obama slammed West for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009

Barack Obama says that 'Kanye West’s music is outstanding', but he’d rather hang out with the reality TV cast of Duck Dynasty

Relationships strained between the two after Obama slammed West for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009

Tom Cruise with his daughter Suri

Tom Cruise lawyer says words were 'distorted' over comparison between career and soldier at war

Tom Cruise's lawyer has defended his client over allegations that the film star considers aspects of his career as gruelling as fighting in Afghanistan.

Actress Leah Remini, pictured here in 2011

King of Queens star Leah Remini plans to write tell-all Scientology memoir

US actress joined the controversial religion in the 1970s

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith arrive at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 2013

Girlfriend Lea Michele 'grieving with Cory Monteith's family' after Glee star's death

The actress released a statement following the toxicology report and continues to ask for he privacy to be respected

Cory Monteith at the GQ Men of the Year Party, 2012
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele at the Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles, 8 June 2013

Glee's Lea Michele 'inconsolable' after sudden death of on-screen and off-screen boyfriend Cory Monteith

Glee star Lea Michele has been left “inconsolable” after the sudden death of her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith on Saturday.

Finn from Glee admitted to rehab

Glee star Cory Monteith has been admitted to rehab for 'substance addiction'.

Family business: Richard Gere and Brit Marling play father and daughter in the drama ‘'Arbitrage'

Richard Gere and the morality of power

Nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, the 63-year-old actor plays a billionaire broker in his new film Arbitrage. It was easy to sympathise with him, he explains

Rolling Stone's ‘50 Funniest People Now’ vs ‘People's Sexiest’: Can you be funny and hot?

Brief relief for those sick of endless magazine Hottest/ Sexiest / Most Beautiful lists: Rolling Stone has released its list of 'The Funniest People Now', which raises an interesting question: Is it humanly possible to be both extremely funny and extremely hot?

R-Patz and K-Stew top Forbes' list of highest-grossing Hollywood couple with

The real-life couple, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, appeared in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight franchise

Q: How much money does Brad Pitt carry in his wallet?

A: $1,100 (or £700)

Today's wacky web stories: Elevator anxiety, the Sarah Palin diet and John Lennon's letters

The Sarah Palin diet, the kidnap that wasn't, a motor-tricycle hearse, the John Lennon letters and why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in films competing at Cannes

Twilight star Kristen Stewart apologises to Robert Pattinson over Rupert Sanders affair

Kristen Stewart has apologised publicly to Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson following tabloid reports that she had a brief affair with her Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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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
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'