News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

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

Mr Balls indicated he and wife Yvette Cooper - the shadow home secretary - would not involve their son and two daughters in publicity photographs

Ed Balls attacks politicians over use of family photos

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has expressed distaste at politicians doing photoshoots with their children - the day after Ed Miliband was pictured at home with his family.

Piers Morgan 'unaware of phone hacking'

Former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan today told an inquiry into press standards that he was unaware of any phone hacking when in charge at the Daily Mirror.

The BBC has denied misleading viewers over footage shown on the Frozen Planet series of a polar bear tending her newborn cubs.

BBC denies misleading viewers over Frozen Planet footage

The BBC has denied misleading viewers over footage shown on the Frozen Planet series of a polar bear tending her newborn cubs.

Alastair Campbell sent drafts of his Leveson Inquiry witness statement to journalists before it was leaked by a blogger

Campbell thought Carole Caplin was responsible for No 10 leaks

Alastair Campbell told the Leveson Inquiry yesterday that he believed Cherie Blair's former style guru, Carole Caplin, was the source of leaks that revealed some of the inside secrets of the Blairs' life inside No 10. However Tony Blair's former spinner-in-chief revealed that Ms Caplin was recently been told by Scotland Yard that her mobile was targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, the jailed private detective commissioned by the News of the World.

Patrick Swayze believed he'd beat cancer

Patrick Swayze was convinced he was going to beat his cancer.

The Monkees cut short 45th anniversary tour

The Monkees have reportedly scrapped their reunion tour due to fall outs between the group.

Piers Morgan 'should face hacking quiz'

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan should return to the UK to answer "some very serious questions" over allegations of phone hacking, the Culture Committee chairman said today.

Peter Armitage to make Corrie return

Peter Armitage is returning to 'Coronation Street'. The veteran actor will see his on screen alter ego Bill Webster come back to Weatherfield in September with partner Pam Hobsowth -whose return was revealed earlier this week - and announce the pair plan to marry.

Jo Yeates' landlord agrees libel damages

The High Court ruled today that articles published in The Sun and Daily Mirror following the arrest of a suspect by police investigating the killing of landscape architect Joanna Yeates were in contempt of court.

Carol Vorderman and Sally Lindsay join Loose Women

Carol Vorderman and Sally Lindsay are joining the panel of 'Loose Women'.

Sun and Mirror in the dock over coverage of Joanna Yeates murder

The Sun and the Daily Mirror breached contempt of court laws during their coverage of the murder of Joanna Yeates in Bristol, the Attorney General told the High Court yesterday. Dominic Grieve QC said the nature of reporting from the two tabloids after the arrest of Ms Yeates' landlord Chris Jefferies was "so exceptional, memorable and adverse" that there was "substantial risk of serious prejudice" to any trial he might have faced.

Ferdinand caught up in furious row on Twitter

Rio Ferdinand became embroiled in a Twitter row yesterday with a leading sports journalist over the player's eight-month ban in 2004 for missing a drugs test the previous year.

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