News Kanye West is apparently shelling out a mammoth $250,000 in order to ensure his fiancée Kim Kardashian looks camera-ready at all times.

The eye-watering amount the rapper is shelling out for his fiancée to appear camera-ready at his concerts

The former next leader of the Conservative Party award: Jeremy Hunt for his impersonation of a rabbit caught in the headlights when Hackgate was unfolding all around him

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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Ian Hislop to give evidence to Leveson Inquiry

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.

Madonna on the set of her film 'W.E.'

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.

Madonna on the set of her film 'W.E.'

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
Colin Myler has been made editor-in-chief of The New York Daily News

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

Press gangs of New York

If you think British tabloids are cut-throat, look at the Big Apple's. As Colin Myler, ex-News of the World editor, flies in to run his former boss's arch rival title, a new chapter is about to be written...

Kardashians to launch magazine

The Kardashians are reportedly planning to publish their own magazine. 

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