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Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning director who publicly resigned from the Church of Scientology in 2009, has claimed that private detectives are examining his rubbish bins to find information that might discredit him.

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State press regulation is wrong, says Jeremy Hunt

State regulation of the press would be "completely the wrong direction to go" but there must be a way to ensure all newspapers sign up to any body that replaces the current system, the Culture Secretary said today.

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Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will put forward his ideas for the future of press regulation when he gives evidence to the Leveson Inquiry next week.

Simon Kelner: Man of the People? Give me my ivory tower any day

It was gratifying yesterday to open my copy of Britain’s favourite newspaper (“Just Say Aye” – or even i – as the adverts have it) and discover two letters from readers agreeing with my assessment of the film The Artist, which has been lauded by film critics, but left me strangely unmoved.

Buffett willing to show the money to tackle national debt

Warren Buffett is willing to put his money where his mouth is, if only congressional Republicans would join him.

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The man who put Madonna right about Edward VIII

A patriotic extra has revealed how he set Madonna straight on UK royal history during the filming of her Wallis Simpson biopic, WE.

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Film extra tells Madonna the real history of Wallis Simpson

A patriotic film extra decided to set his director straight over her revisionist take on royal history, despite the fact it was Madonna in charge.

RAF a leader in lesbian recruits

The Royal Air Force has been nominated as one of the country's top recruiters for lesbians. The service has been voted for by readers of g3 – a magazine aimed primarily at gay and bisexual women.

Leading article: A nation divided by more than race

In many respects, Britain in 2012 is a far better country than it was in 1993, when Stephen Lawrence was murdered. At least as far as race is concerned, non-white people get a fairer deal from the education system; it has become less acceptable to express racist views in public – including on the football pitch – and there are more non-white people on television and in Parliament. Apparently contrary statements can both be true: that Britain, always a relatively open-minded country, became more tolerant over the past 19 years; and that racial prejudice is still a serious problem.

John Rentoul: Didn't do our prep, did we, Mr Cameron?

The Prime Minister should learn from Tony Blair and prepare an answer to the obvious question, not the one he is hoping for
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Press gangs of New York prepare to greet old foe

Former 'News of the World' editor Colin Myler is to head Murdoch's arch rival in the Big Apple. Ian Burrell reports

Report warns 80mph speed limit is bad for... everything

Proposals to increase the maximum speed limit will cost lives, harm the environment and produce few of the economic benefits claimed by the Government, a report warns.

Menzies rises on profits boost

John Menzies, which runs check-in, baggage handling and ticket desks for 300 airlines around the world, said yesterday that its annual pre-tax profit would be more than 20 per cent higher than last year.

Rupert Murdoch owner the New York Post, left. Colin Myler, ex-News of the World editor, is now at the helm of arch rival title the Daily News

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