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Lancaster believes that stability will provide success with his current contract set to run out after the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil

Stephen Glover: What Desmond wants, Desmond usually gets

Media Studies: We owe Mr Desmond's leap into respectability to the devout Christian, Tony Blair, and his sidekick, Alastair Campbell

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1: Mixed cauldron from critics

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1, the latest instalment of the blockbusting series, attracted mixed reviews from the nation's top film critics today.

DJ Taylor: Britain has shot up the corruption league – call for Wallace and Gromit!

The President of Afghanistan has been surprisingly candid about trousering Iranian cash – but it's no good us pointing the finger at dodgy foreigners

Business Diary: Hong Kong lament for lost lunch

Pity the poor stockbrokers of Hong Kong. At 50 hours, the territory has one of the longest average working weeks in the world.

Diary: Tara gives it both barrels

To a gala dinner celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famed Foyles literary luncheon, where I learnt a thing or two about the perils of book signing (which, naturally, I'm filing away for future reference). "The worst thing about being an author," a tired and emotional Tara Palmer-Tompkinson assured me as she arrived, "is having such a bloody long name. My book signings take ages!"

Last Night's TV - Horizon: Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome, BBC2; Freak Like Me, BBC3

Is there any cure for Monday's schedules?

Deborah Ross: It's a rich man's world, time-wise

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Job losses at Five to continue with Kaplinsky departure

The newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave Five in December, the channel announced yesterday, bringing to an end the multimillion-pound deal which made her Britain's highest-paid current-affairs presenter.

Stephen Glover: Who are the Tories' friends in the press?

The Mail and The Telegraph believe that they represent the views of many Conservative voters more faithfully than David Cameron

Desmond's price war prompts slump in profits

Richard Desmond, the new owner of Channel 5, suffered a slump in earnings last year, partly resulting from his decision to spend tens of millions of pounds on a newspaper price war.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (26/09/10)

Too powerful for Forbes

Battle of Britain heroes saluted in service

The courage and sacrifice of those who fought off the Nazis to win the Battle of Britain was remembered today.

Rooney Mara: The girl with the very bright future

Relative unknown lands coveted role in Hollywood take on Stieg Larsson bestseller

Mary Ann Sieghart: House prices are finally falling. Good

What the housing boom has done is redistribute wealth to the middle-aged and old from the young. People of my age are waking up from this baby-boomer selfishness
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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