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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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eBay's enduring appeal

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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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