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Investigator's actions exposed during General Dental Council hearing

Duchess of York's 'huge error' over debt

The Duchess of York has admitted to a "terrible, terrible error of judgment" after accepting £15,000 from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Duchess of York suspects she is victim of tabloid scandal

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, suspects that her mobile-phone voicemails were hacked by tabloid reporters.

Talbot Church: Guest list snub for 'too bright' Princess

The man the Royals trust...

The macho man who ran his newsroom with an iron fist

For once, Ian Edmondson was scared. One of the most macho journalists in Fleet Street, he found himself struck by a flying beer bottle as England fans rioted in the picturesque Belgian town of Charleroi. "It was terrifying," he later told his readers. "My only thought was to get out of there – fast."

Oprah bets her chat show on an entire TV network

Winfrey launches a $400m cable channel dedicated to her brand

Stephen Foley: Oprah always gets her way but is her TV venture all it's cracked up to be?

US Outlook: Today is Oprah's big day. After 25 years hosting the daytime talk show that made her the most influential woman in showbusiness and the US's first black billionaire, Oprah Winfrey launches her own TV channel.

James Pickles: Judge who caused controversy both in and out of the courtroom

James Pickles was the self-proclaimed "human face of the judiciary" and "the People's Judge" whose outspoken and colourful attacks on the British legal establishment made him a household name in the 1980s and 1990s. Never one to shy away from his own self-belief and judgement, Pickles regularly attracted controversy for his contentious sentencing policy and his outspoken criticism of senior legal figures, once describing one Lord Chief Justice, Lord Lane, as a "dinosaur living in the wrong age" and another, Lord Hailsham, as a "brooding Quixotic dictator" born with a golden spoon in his mouth and as "an arrogant, pompous, toffee-nosed Old Etonian".

Hoppé Portraits: Society, Street and Studio

A photograph of a young pearly king will take its place next to portraits of real royalty in a major new exhibition.

Duchess of York fighting bankruptcy

The Duchess of York says she is doing "everything she can" to avoid bankruptcy over business debts.

Duchess of York 'faces bankruptcy'

The Duchess of York's debts have spiralled to almost £5m, prompting at least one financial adviser to Buckingham Palace to suggest that her best option is to become the first senior member of the Royal Family to go bankrupt.

Rhoda Koenig: The true cost of free speech

Public vulgarity

Julie Burchill: The trouble with politicians is the older they get, the more they act like teenagers

If politics is showbusiness for ugly people, these beauties feel entitled to go the whole hog when it comes to regressing

US digs UK high street fashion cool

British retailers are beating the economic blues in America. Kate Youde and Rachel Shields report

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson 'was drinking' before Prince Andrew offer

The Duchess of York told chat show queen Oprah Winfrey she had been drinking before she offered access to her ex-husband for cash.

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