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Shipping magnate says he 'isn't happy', but backs down after daughter penned poignant open letter asking him to accept her for who she is

Harry Styles wins British Style Award

Being a member of One Direction has some serious pulling power when it comes to influencing a public vote.

We are all dangerously in thrall to the mirage of that perfect life which Nigella Lawson seemed to embody

Too many people think others have idyllic lifestyles, bodies, relationships, sex

Martin Jol has admitted Fulham will need to be cautious when they take on Crystal Palace tonight

Fulham manager sacked: The mixed emotions of football fans calling for their gaffer's head

Other than in politics, I can’t think of any other field where I would wish being fired upon another

The Big Six: Kenyan safari camps

Daily game walks, hungry hippos, luxury camps, tented suites, sundowners, and river-facing decks

Charles Saatchi admitted he has 'no proof' whether his ex-wife Nigella Lawson has ever taken drugs

'No proof' that Nigella Lawson ever took drugs, Charles Saatchi admits in court

Charles Saatchi admitted he has “no proof” whether his ex-wife Nigella Lawson has ever taken drugs as the private email he wrote to her referring to the TV chef as ‘Higella’ was read out in court on Friday.

The accusation comes just two days after the Italian Senate expelled Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction

Berlusconi accused of paying off witnesses in prostitution trial

An Italian court accused ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Friday of tampering with evidence by bribing witnesses during a trial related to his infamous “bunga bunga” parties.

Bumi investors move closer to Bakrie split-up

Shareholders will vote on the separation on the week commencing 16 December

Thai anti-government protesters climb a gate into the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai protesters storm army headquarters in growing attempts to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Protesters in Thailand stormed onto the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Berlusconi and Shinawatra: The billionaires who love power more than money

Both earned the lasting enmity of their political establishments yet remained popular

Sisters embezzled almost £700,000 from Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson in globe-trotting luxury spending sprees, court told

Saatchi’s accountant, Rahul Gajjar, said he did not tell the former couple of his suspicions that their personal assistants were spending thousands of pounds of their money as he did not want to bother them with 'trivial matters'

Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency that has gained popularity worldwide

Bitcoin value surpasses $1,000 for first time

The price at which a single unit of the digital currency trades has risen dramatically in recent months

Anti-government protesters blow whistles and wave national flags as they gather outside the Industry Ministry in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters in Thailand call for nationwide uprising as unrest enters fourth day

Demonstrators vow to take over 'every ministry' of government

Silvio Berlusconi has begged senators not to kick him out of parliament

Silvio Berlusconi pleads with Senate not to expel him

Senators will vote this Wednesday on whether to expel the former premier from Parliament following his conviction for tax fraud

HS2 Bill: Parliament gets first glimpse of high speed rail ‘planning application’ as MPs are warned to keep costs down

Supporters hope detailed plans will convince reticent backbenchers to get behind the project

Dave and Angela Dawes celebrate their win

Second lottery-winning couple in a week ‘broken up’ over how to spend £101m EuroMillions fortune

Reports suggest Dave and Angela Dawes’ relationship struggled under pressure of lottery success

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

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