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The former deputy speaker had resisted days of calls to step down

Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister to twins Ashley and Mary-Kate

Sister act part three: Is Elizabeth Olsen about to eclipse both of her celebrity siblings?

The elephant lurking in the Los Angeles hotel room where Elizabeth Olsen holds court refuses to budge until the question is asked. Patiently discussing her burgeoning acting career, she looks relieved, if not faintly exasperated, when finally asked what role her far-more-famous twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, have played in her life thus far.

'Whatever the technology, real-time locating systems are all about triangulation'

Does GPS need replacing?

Mark Piesing looks at the contenders hoping to plot a fresh navigational path.

(L-R) Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah

Terror gang plotted to blow up the Stock Exchange and Mayor's home

Muslim fanatics were recorded discussing a 'Mumbai-style' atrocity across London

The PCC chairman, Lord Hunt of Wirral, wants the power to summon witnesses and issue fines

Press watchdog must have more power, says chief

PCC chairman heralds industry consensus for new body and tougher regulations

Early test to detect autism

Autism can be detected in six-month-old babies by measuring their brain activity, say scientists.

President Sarkozy with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Sarkozy reveals his personal plan B: I'll quit politics entirely if I lose presidential election

But is it all just a double bluff to make him seem less power-driven – and all the more electable?

Zulu king alleged to have made anti-gay slurs

South Africa's government human rights agency is investigating whether the Zulu king made comments that could increase anti-homosexual sentiment in a country where gays face discrimination despite liberal laws being in place to protect them.

Rebecca Armstrong: Forget the fitness fads – just eat less and move more

Want to shift those pounds? Lose weight fast? Reader, you're in luck. It's clear that there are any number of companies keen to takes pounds off your bank balance and seriously lighten your wallet. Snake oil is obviously going to be huge this year, as is the waist size of anyone who really believes that the singlet/leggings/ cycling shorts they wear will make them trim.

A diver of the Nucleo Operatori

Owners of stricken vessel admit captain had 'character problem'

Head of Costa Cruises opens door to lawsuits as skipper says he was encouraged to show off

Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo are captivating in The Artist

Christina Patterson: The Artist is a reminder of some of the things we've lost

On Saturday night, in a cinema in Dalston, the audience clapped. They may or may not have clapped after the event that took place next, which was a "happening", involving live, human beings, and which sounded to me as weird as the outfits of the trilby-headed hipsters I had to squeeze past. But what they clapped when I was there wasn't human, and it wasn't alive. What they clapped was a film that had just finished called The Artist.

H5N1 virus: The new mutation allows for easy airborne transmission
between mammals

Epidemic fears see bird flu doctors halt research

Influenza experts have agreed to a two-month voluntary ban on research into a highly dangerous strain of bird-flu virus because of fears that it may escape from their laboratories to cause a global human epidemic.

Johann Hari leaves The Independent

Johann Hari is to leave The Independent, it was announced last night.

Evgeny Lebedev, chairman of IPL, centre, managing director Andrew Mullins, left, and Independent editor Chris Blackhurst, right, yesterday

PCC is damaging genuine journalism, Lebedev tells MPs

The press in Britain is under-regulated but over-legislated, damaging genuine investigative journalism but allowing scandals like phone hacking to go undetected, the proprietor of The Independent told Parliament yesterday.

Golshifteh Farahani posed in the nude for a French magazine in protest against the ultra-conservative cultural policies she says are restricting Iran’s film industry

Iranian actress exiled for posing nude

An Iranian actress who posed in the nude for a French magazine has been warned not to return home.

Leveson Inquiry: Editors cautious on 'privacy list'

Celebrity magazine editors gave a cautious welcome today to a proposal for an official register of famous people who want to remain private.

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