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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Ellen E Jones on TV: If true love is what you’re after, why not try your luck in prison?

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Singer Chubby Checker files $500m lawsuit over penis measuring app

The singer, Chubby Checker, has launched a $500m law suit against an app that claims to be able to estimate the size of a man's penis from his shoe size.

Moment of strewth: Bernard Tomic, the only remaining home player in the Australian Open singles, was beaten in straight sets by Roger Federer

Roger Federer slams Bernard Tomic to end Australian dreams

Whether you get your news via television, radio, newspapers, the internet or simply by nattering to your neighbour over the garden fence, it has been impossible to escape Bernard Tomic for the last week here. Australia's best prospect has been the talk of the town since the start of the year and his meeting with Roger Federer in last night's showcase match in Rod Laver Arena was the most eagerly awaited match so far at this Australian Open.

Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs breached BBC guidelines

DJ Steve Wright's weekly dedication show is ruled to have breached BBC guidelines after Radio 2 listeners were encouraged to leave requests for programmes which had already been recorded.

Editorial: This report was shocking. But it has lessons for us all

It might have been expected that the first report into Jimmy Savile's long career of sexual abuse would make for difficult reading. But there could be no adequate preparation for the details of the DJ's six decades of manipulation, assault and rape that emerged yesterday from the police and the NSPCC.

Rain is scheduled to be discharged from military duty in July

You're in the Army now: Korean pop star Rain under fire after paparazzi photos show him out on town with top actress

South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions from Seoul’s Defence Ministry after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, circa 1970

Award-winning composer of film scores Sir Richard Rodney Bennett passes away

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of Britain’s most talented and versatile composers, has died at the age of 76. He is perhaps best known for his numerous film and television scores – for which he won a Bafta award and secured a series of Oscar nominations.

'Thank God it didn't get too passionate': TV magician Paul Daniels tells of 'scare' after kissing schoolgirl

TV magician Paul Daniels has told how he had a “scare” early in his career, when he discovered the girl he was kissing was still at school.

Lifestyle choice: Presenters at the Adult Video News Awards Show in Las Vegas this year

Porn stars and the naked truth

Women in the industry are healthy rather than exploited, claims new study

Brian Conley was 'exhausted and malnourished' before I'm A Celebrity exit

Funnyman Brian Conley revealed today he was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! after suffering from the effects of malnutrition and exhaustion.

Sir Paul McCartney: 'There was something a little bit suspect about Jimmy Savile'

The Beatle speaks to The Independent's arts editor David Lister about his friendship with the disgraced DJ

Rylan Clark vs Gary Barlow: X Factor contestant blasts judge in online rant

X Factor contestant Rylan Clark entered a war of words with Gary Barlow by blasting the show's chief judge in an online outburst.

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more as yet unnamed celebrities have reportedly been implicated in sexual abuses allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Drags to riches: Lily Savage

Boyd Tonkin: Why (some) celebs deserve applause in print

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Justin Lee Collins has never hit anyone in his life, he told his trial for domestic and emotional abuse today

Justin Lee Collins's relationship with ex-girlfriend brought out 'the demon' in him, court hears

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins's relationship with an ex-girlfriend accusing him of harassment brought out “the demon” in him, a court heard today.

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The fall in the oil price will hit Russia hard, but is unlikely to personally affect the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin

It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such as Vladimir Putin. Other oil- and gas-exporting countries are damaged, too, and I think we will see further fallout in unpredictable ways. But the net impact is strongly positive, more so than most commentators at present acknowledge. The winners far outnumber the losers.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick