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As if the police had not already inflicted enough trouble on themselves with the plebgate saga, a Chief Constable had to ‘fess up that his force did not understand the law that protects an MP’s right to speak freely.

Murdochs to take board positions after News Corp split

Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, will take board positions on the two companies that will emerge next month when News Corp splits into two, with the media conglomerate’s directors approving the spin-off plans yesterday.

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Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe highlights media role in a more diverse force

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, spoke today of the challenges shared by Scotland Yard and the news media in serving the needs of London's increasingly diverse population.

UK tycoon Talal Shakerchi 'loses £850,000' at poker

A hedge-fund tycoon lost more than £850,000 in a poker game at the weekend, it has been reported.

The body which sets NHS guidelines wants pregnant women to be tested to see if they are smoking

Pregnant mothers to be tested to see if they are smoking, under new NHS guidance

Smoking while pregnant harms foetal growth and development

Newspaper groups unified behind ‘softer’ Royal Charter

Newspaper groups have unified behind a softened version of a Royal Charter on future press regulation by agreeing to drop a proposal which would have given them a veto over appointments to a new watchdog body.

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Independent on Sunday: Aviva faces new investor row at annual meeting

The Duke was elected with the support of 80 per cent of those who voted

Election of Prince Andrew angers scientists at Royal Society

The Royal Society has defended its election of the Duke of York as a fellow despite some of its members branding him "over-colourful" and lacking a scientific background.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, had been a talented amateur boxer who said he hoped one day to compete for the United States at the Olympics. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was once hailed as a model student at the highlyrated Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

Boston brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had planned 4 July attack, says official

The two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon had originally planned to set off their bombs on 4 July, a law enforcement official said.

Disgrace: today's Daily Star front page
Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

Page 3 Profile: Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

It’s alright for some, isn’t it?

James Harding is set to be announced as the next Director of BBC News

Former Times editor James Harding appointed as new Director of BBC News

James Harding, who recently resigned as editor of The Times, has been announced as the new Director of BBC News.

Friends is approaching its 20th anniversary and its popularity continues to grow

I’ll be there for you – but maybe not for your kids: The popularity of 'Friends' continues to grow...but is it too mature for children?

The 1990s sitcom Friends is approaching its 20th anniversary, and its popularity among young people continues to grow.

Facebook now charges UK to send messages to people they aren't friends with

Facebook now charges you for messages sent to celebrities and people you aren't friends with

The 'priority messages' system has been introduced to the UK after successful US trial

The Sun follows Telegraph in charging readers for website access

The Sun is reportedly following the Telegraph in charging readers for online access.

Boris Johnson shows his dismay at getting booted out of the meeting

Transcript: Eddie Mair grills Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show

Boris Johnson looked profoundly uncomfortable on this morning's Andrew Marr Show as stand-in host Eddie Mair grilled the Mayor of London on matters of personal integrity. Here's a transcript of one particularly bruising encounter:

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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