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Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Sharon Osbourne 'devastated' by Ozzy's drink and drugs relapse

Sharon Osbourne said she is "devastated" by her rocker husband Ozzy's return to drink and drugs, but said the family will cope with it.

Retailer sees Gap for upmarket boutique

US clothing giant Gap is looking to bring its new luxury boutique chain to the UK.

Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Ozzy Osbourne sets record straight on split-up rumours: 'Sharon and I are not divorcing...but I have been drinking and taking drugs'

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed he has not separated from his wife Sharon after internet rumours reported the pair had split up.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings war

ITV's talent show drew in 10.5m viewers compared to 6.7m for The Voice

Britain’s Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings battle

According to early data, Simon Cowell’s talent contest peaked with a huge 13.03 million viewers

Women would rather sleep with Dec than Ant. (Dec’s the one on the right)

Tweedledum is sexier than Tweedledee...

Sophie Heawood owns up to being spurned by a famous double act

Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol thanks well-wishers ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

Ofcom has launched an investigation into I’m A Celebrity... into a stunt involving Charlie Brooks, left, and her daughter, Kiki, right

ITV rapped by Ofcom over I'm A Celebrity... trial involving Charlie Brooks' daughter

TV watchdog Ofcom has rapped ITV a trial on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! which involved a seven-year-old child.

Review: Into the Woods, By John Yorke

Why it's always the same old story

Hilary Devey is the star of new Channel 4 show The Intern

TV review: The Intern (Channel 4) and Dogging Tales (Channel 4)

"We are wasting so much talent," protested Hilary Devey at the beginning of The Intern, a new show that promises to deploy a "radical recruitment method" to get Britain's young jobless on the career ladder. As a top businesswoman and high-profile Dragon, Hilary dislikes waste and she has, I think, spotted something that other television presenters have missed.

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

Bye, bye Brian, hello Emma Willis as Big Brother host

'Thrilled' Emma Willis ousts Brian Dowling as host of Big Brother

TV presenter Emma Willis is replacing Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother.

Ollie Locke reading from his memoir 'Laid in Chelsea'

Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke reveals all in ‘Laid in Chelsea’ memoir

Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke has released a tell-all book.

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Boxing: Comeback kid David Haye takes aim at world title

The British fighter does not yet have an opponent

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness