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British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin

Diary: Crossed wires make a splash out of Letwin's bin dumping

Henry Macrory, the former tabloid hack and much-liked spinner for the Tory Party, told a tale of classic misunderstanding at his farewell party in Downing Street.

Trinity chairman Gibson makes an early exit

The exit of Sly Bailey as chief executive of Trinity Mirror looked yesterday as though it could happen sooner than expected, after the troubled newspaper group abruptly replaced its chairman.

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Unlikely in the extreme, but there have been a few rumours that current Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be asked to assume a player/manager role. Such a decision would have echos of Kenny Dalglish's original appointment, when he became player/manager in 1985 after Joe Fagan resigned.

Steven Gerrard rules out England retirement

Steven Gerrard has no intention of retiring as an England player after this summer's European Championship.

Bailey pays the price for clinging on to her bonus

Sly Bailey, one of the most powerful women in the British media, quit her post as chief executive of Trinity Mirror yesterday after a revolt by shareholders who demanded that she cut her lucrative bonus package.

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Heads up: Brighton Festival 2012

Soak up the politics and party action on the South Coast

Leveson: Ex-News of the World crime editor says police terrorism chief was wedding guest

Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief John Yates attended the wedding of the News of the World's ex-crime editor, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Simon Kelner: George's resemblance to Piers is the least of his worries

We've seen and heard a lot of George Osborne recently. The Chancellor has done the full round of TV and radio shows, not to mention the odd parliamentary appearance in the wake of his recent Budget.

Steve Whittamore investigated Kate Middleton and Chelsea Clinton for newspapers while they were at St Andrews and Oxford universities

Investigator was paid £1m to snoop for Fleet Street

Extent of Whittamore's inquiries into private lives on behalf of national newspapers revealed

PSG could offer Luis Suarez European football

Kenny Dalglish expects FA to look at Arsene Wenger 'diving' comments

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has suggested the Football Association could charge his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger for accusing Luis Suarez of diving.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton recovering after fall

World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital tonight after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

Mark Allen has been in trouble before

Snooker: Mark Allen in 'ignorant' China Twitter outburst

Mark Allen could find himself in trouble with snooker authorities again after a series of Twitter outbursts about China.

Amol Rajan: Nowadays tabloids are mere vessels of misanthropy

A conversation last week with Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor of The Independent and i, confirmed a feeling I have had for some time about our tabloid newspapers.

Trinity Mirror editors face Leveson inquiry

Three national newspaper editors from Trinity Mirror, one of Britain's largest media groups, will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today.

Katy Perry supported by Rihanna

Katy Perry is being supported by Rihanna following the breakdown of her marriage. 

SUE CARROLL: The journalist wrote a column for the Daily Mirror for 13 years and described her fight with cancer

Columnist Sue Carroll dies of cancer, aged 58

Tributes were paid last night to the veteran newspaper columnist and broadcast pundit Sue Carroll, who has died aged 58 from cancer.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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