Arts and Entertainment Justin Bieber has denied claims he fathered a fan’s child, calling the paternity allegations “completely untrue”

An unnamed 25-year-old woman alleges Bieber impregnated her during a one night stand

Magazine backs positive discrimination

Women should campaign for positive discrimination at work to challenge male-dominated employment systems, a report in Cosmopolitan magazine urged yesterday. It also published a 10-point action plan to help women confront bosses and insist on special training measures to lift them up the career ladder. Its action plan advises women to ask for an 'equality audit' at work.

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Media: Drugs, babes and information: Simon Garfield celebrates 25 years of unbroken success at Time Out and remembers his own days as editor of the London listings magazine

Tony Elliott is known for only having one great idea, but last night was able to host one of the biggest private parties of the year to celebrate it.

'European' axe

Fourteen staff at the European newspaper were sacked as part of 'a restructuring of the business'.

And, finally . . .

A new Swiss magazine, Die Positive, plans to look at the bright side of life and report only positive news, Reuter reports from Weggis. It aims to rejuvenate newspaper and magazine readers who have had more than their fill of depressing and worrying news. The first issue of the magazine, due out today, will have stories about pleasant music, plants with healing properties and success.

Letter: No laughing matter

Sir: I suspect that it is not widely apparent that William Donaldson's diary in your Saturday newspaper ('Done dealing in Ladbroke Grove', 29 May) is in fact a humorous column.

Media: Talk of the Trade: Once bitten . . .

THE woman of the Nineties is not emerging as someone you want to meet. The latest product aimed at this frightening being is Bite Magazine, promising 'Sex, Love and Intelligence for Women of the 90s'. This goes on sale next week with an initial print run of 300,000 copies.

Statement on the Observer sale: Statement by Andreas Whittam Smith, chief executive of Newspaper Publishing plc and editor of the Independent

AFTER a failure to reach agreement on outstanding issues, negotiations broke down on Wednesday between Newspaper Publishing and Lonrho over the future of the Observer newspaper.

Magazine facing libel case opens appeal fund

THE New Statesman today launches a defence fund appeal to raise pounds 200,000 for costs arising from a libel action by the Prime Minister, writes Marianne Macdonald.

Bunhill: Making amends for sorry apology

DAVID JAMES has a problem. It is not Eagle Trust nor LEP Group nor one of the other companies like Dan-Air he has tried to rescue over the years, nor his elevation to the Council of Lloyd's that is causing him so much bother, but Tom Rubython, editor of Business Age magazine.

'New Statesman' to fight libel action

The New Statesman and Society magazine yesterday said the board had taken a decision to fight the libel action brought by the Prime Minister and Clare Latimer following an article detailing rumours about John Major's private life. The magazine is to launch a fund to pay for legal costs.

Report on Major 'untrue'

An article based on two-year- old gossip about John Major's private life, published in New Statesman & Society magazine, was last night dismissed by Downing Street.

MGN departure

VIC HORWOOD, the former chief executive of Mirror Group Newspapers, has resigned from the board. Mr Horwood, who joined MGN 30 years ago, gave up his executive responsibilities two months ago. He is thought to have opposed the recent appointment of David Montgomery as chief executive.

Pigeon risk

Pigeon fanciers may be at increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

Magazine truce

Harpies and Quines, the Scottish feminist magazine which was threatened with legal action by Harpers and Queen because of alleged confusion over the names, has been told the action will not proceed provided publication of Harpies remains confined to Scotland.
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