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I'm a Celebrity 2013: Westlife boy band member Kian Egan

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Westlife's Kian Egan crowned king of the jungle

The Westlife singer beat fashion designer David Emanuel to claim the title

Rebecca Adlington denies pregnancy rumours

The Olympic swimmer has been the subject of speculation after being made exempt from some Bushtucker Trials on medical grounds

Suited and booted: Dermot O'Leary will fill in for Philip Schofield on 'This Morning' in the New Year

Dermot O'Leary to present ITV's This Morning

The TV host will fill in for Philip Schofield on the daytime show in January

Kanye West left the stage in a rage after only three songs

Kanye West storms off stage in Florida after three songs

The rapper shouted at his technical crew before temporarily halting the show

Justin Bieber is Bing's most searched for person of 2013

Canadian popstar beat both Beyonce and Kate Middleton to take the top spot in the UK, moving up from fifth place in 2012

Annabel Giles is the first celebrity to leave the jungle

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Annabel Giles is the first contestant to leave the jungle

The former model was voted out by the public on Sunday night

Joey Essex won eight meals for camp after completing the 'Cavern Of Claws' trial

I'm A Celebrity 2013: 'This is definitely not reem!' shouts Joey Essex from his trial

The reality star endured rats and cockroaches to win meals for the camp

I'm a Celebrity 2013: TOWIE reality TV star Joey Essex

I'm A Celebrity 2013: The only way is Joey Essex

Historically, Joes with estuary accents have always done well on the show

Sam Faiers will not be joining the I'm A Celebrity jungle after rumours suggested she would be

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Sam Faiers confirms she will not enter the jungle

The Only Way Is Essex star will not join her ex-fiancé in the jungle after all

Rob Ford is digging his way from infamy to celebrity

Reality shows, public appearances, commercial endorsements: that's the way it goes for someone who’s captured the headlines

I'm a Celebrity 2013: TOWIE reality TV star Joey Essex

I'm A Celebrity 2013 contestants: Joey Essex

Who has left luxury behind to face the bushtucker trials down-under?

Matthew Wright and Joey Essex during the Bushtucker Trial

I'm a Celebrity 2013: TOWIE's Joey Essex defeats Matthew Wright in bushtucker trial

Chat show host Matthew Wright ended up empty-handed despite forcing down a five-course meal of jungle critters and exotic animals in tonight's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.

TV mogul Simon Cowell will not let 'The X Factor' die without a fight

X Factor and Britain's Got Talent renewed until 2016

The talent shows are here to stay for the next three years...

ITV plans to turn 'Rising Star' from Keshet International into its next big hit

The next big hit? ITV targets Israel's Rising Star talent show, tipped as X Factor with 'technological twist'

Judges and viewers vote as the performer begins to sing and images of voters taken from their Facebook pages appear live on giant LED screen facing the performer

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before