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

Zoe Saldana - Hollywood's new action queen goes into orbit

Zoe Saldana played no-nonsense heroines in Star Trek and Avatar, and she's just as tough in her latest film, The Losers. The actress tells Gill Pringle why she wants to 'kick some ass'

Pandora: Gordon misses a trick

It all could have been so different. Nick Clegg mouthing off about the "old politics"; David Cameron insisting that it was "time for change" and Gordon Brown urging the electorate to "beam him up" to Number 10. Or perhaps not.

Business Diary: Is Grade about to get the nod from Cameron?

Speculation continues that Michael Grade, the former ITV boss and all-round television bigwig, is being lined up for a peerage if David Cameron makes it into Number 10 on Friday. Officials from the Conservative Party have been gently fending off all inquiries on the topic, but Mr Grade's op-ed in The Times yesterday did read rather like a job application. "Impartiality is over: Cameron gets my vote," the piece was headlined.

Who cares who's playing the lead?

One of cinema's most recognisable faces, that of Freddy Krueger, has been replaced. Kaleem Aftab reports on the trend in Hollywood that is undermining the power of the actor

Robert Hoy: Prolific actor and stunt performer

The thick, black moustache and dark, wavy hair made Robert Hoy one of the most distinctive faces in television Westerns when he played the ranch hand Joe Butler in The High Chapparal.

Hit & Run: Here's one I made earlier

Visitors to the Labour Party website were yesterday confronted with a stark new intro page – the latest salvo in an increasingly fierce advertising war with the Tories.

Manhood for Amateurs, By Michael Chabon Fourth

These essays about modern parenting and childhood sparkle with wit and insight

Full roll call of Academy Award winners

Following is a complete list of Oscar winners:

Robin Scott-Elliot: Carlisle and Bonnaire both winners in war of words

View From The Sofa: Six Nations/Premier League Football/Countdown, BBC/Sky/Channel 4

Star Trek actor Walter Koenig's son found dead

Former Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig was found dead in a wooded area of a sprawling Vancouver downtown park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide.

Games Reviews: Star Trek Online

An Oscar first for a female director – unless her ex-husband wins

Almost two decades after they divorced, Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron are reunited with nine Oscar nominations each for 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Avatar'

Avatar bags nine Oscar nominations

The science-fiction sensation 'Avatar' and the Iraq war thriller 'The Hurt Locker' lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.

Games Reviews: Mass Effect 2

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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