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Scotland Yard began a so-called 'scoping' exercise to assess the credibility of allegations that the couple were murdered by a member of British special forces

Hilary Mantel has called the Duchess of Cambridge a bland, manufactured, personality free mannequin princess

Hilary Mantel attacks 'bland, plastic, machine-made' Duchess of Cambridge

The double Booker Prize-winner compared princess Kate unfavourably to Anne Boleyn and said she had a 'plastic smile'

From Bill Gates to David Hasselhof - The decline of A-listers at Necker Island

The clientele of Richard Branson's luxury holiday base (dubbed Virgin Island) has gone down in the world of late with the likes of Harry Styles and Bay Watch star Hasselhof turning up

Page 3 Profile: Jacob Lew, US treasury secretary nominee

The man to replace Tim Geithner?

If it's a boy, John and Charles are the bookies favourites

Names: Will it be Prince John or Princess Hashtag?

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, because barely had the royal-baby news been announced before newspapers went into naming meltdown and patriotic punters set off to local dens of iniquity for a flutter on the new Royal’s name.

The press: To legislate or not to legislate?

Any statutory regulation would ignore a fundamental problem with our prurient society

London Olympics 2012: Troops make up 50% of park security

Troops drafted in to protect London 2012 venues after the G4S fiasco make up 50 per cent of security personnel stationed at the Olympic Park.

Newsreader Sir Alastair Burnet dies

The veteran newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, known to many for his years fronting News at Ten, has died at the age of 84. The presenter, who last hosted the nightly ITN bulletin almost 21 years ago, died following a series of strokes.

Alastair Burnet, the former News At Ten presenter hailed as 'the best newsman ever', dies age 84

Former News At Ten presenter Sir Alastair Burnet, who has died at the age of 84, was hailed by colleagues today as "the best we'll ever have".

Hot spot: Serpentine Gallery summer party

Let's make arts parties about the arts again

Extravagant events with celebrities as the stars of the show are out of place in a recession, says Arifa Akbar

Hot spot: Serpentine Gallery summer party

Why blingy bashes are no cause for celebration

Extravagant arts events are out of place in a recession

More power to her elbow: Dr Lucy Worsley

Grace Dent on Television: Harlots, Housewivs and Heroines - a 17th Century History for Girls, BBC4

David Starkey, your time is up. For restoring women to Restoration history, I love Dr Lucy

Versace shows a clean pair of heels on catwalk and in the boardroom

After dark times following the murder of founder Gianni, the fashion firm has turned the corner and is back in profit

A Day That Shook The World: Diana dies in Paris car crash

On 31 August 1997, the world was stunned when Diana Princess of Wales died in a horrific car crash in Paris in the small hours of the morning.

Diana Lamplugh: Activist whose daughter's disappearance inspired a national campaign for personal safety

Diana Lamplugh suffered any parent's worst nightmare: her beautiful, beloved and sparky daughter Suzy, a trainee estate agent, arranged to meet a client, a "Mr Kipper", at a house in Fulham, west London, on a July afternoon in 1986. She went off to the appointment and disappeared. What happened to Suzy is still not known 25 years later.

The truth about colonic irrigation: It doesn't work

It had been a steady passage from alternative to mainstream for colonic irrigation – but that could change after researchers have rubbished the treatment’s benefits, and cautioned about its side effects – including cramps, nausea, vomiting and renal failure.

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thurston Moore interview

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