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Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

Tom Cruise stars in next year's All You Need Is Kill

Ground control to Major Tom... When did Tom Cruise last play a ‘normal’?

Gillian Orr reports on the star’s odd choice of movie roles

Paperback review: The Science of Monster, By Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan's study asks why human beings feel compelled to create monsters.

Stephenie Meyer is in London today for a book signing

Stephenie Meyer fans queue from 5am till Twilight for The Host book signing in London

Justin Bieber’s fans may complain about a two-hour wait, but it was a different story for those in line to see Stephenie Meyer, the author of the bestselling Twilight novels.  

Invisible Ink: No 161 - Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson, self-declared genius and misfit, remains a specialist taste, perhaps because, as one of the "Angry Young Men" of British literature, he divided opinion so much that Time magazine ran an excoriating article on his book Religion and the Rebel entitled "Scrambled Egghead". He's available in print but, like many prolific writers, this makes him hard to keep track of, and tracing a common thread through his work requires tenacity.

Buffy the Vampire star Robin Sachs dies

English actor Robin Sachs best known for his appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer has died aged 61.

Harriet Walker: I am never going to
cut my hair again

This party season, I shall mostly be wearing my old self again. After a year of frankly rubbish goings on (broken leg, broken heart), I’m finally back to normal.

Die laughing with Roman Coppola's comic turn

Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola and big brother to Lost in Translation director Sofia, is not a funny man.

The best Christmas gifts for the princess

Main image: Firby, £49.79, and magnetic frames, £12 a set, both John Lewis

Postcard from... Milan

For those who aren't thrilled by the thought of avant-garde light-fittings, Milan's Triennale design museum is providing a winter show with a bit more bite.

Page 3 Profile: Dan Stevens, actor

Ah, the dashing heir to the Earl of Grantham

Kristen Stewart: Being a full-blown vampire feels funny in a great way

Thousands of screaming fans lined the black carpet late on last night for the final Twilightfilm premiere as the cast of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 bid farewell to the franchise and its loyal followers.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart put on united front for Twilight fans

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart put their troubles behind them as they presented a united front at the world premiere of the final Twilight movie.

DVD & Blu-ray: Cosmopolis (15)

Cronenberg's fragmented, verbose discourse on capitalism takes place, mainly, in a 28-year-old billionaire's stretch limo, which is "cork-lined against street noise".

Halloween traditions: Pumpkins heads and walks with the dead

As parents carve pumpkins and children reach for the face paint ready to trick or treat, ever wondered where the traditions come from?

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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
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Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
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10 best statement lightbulbs

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Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

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Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test