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The billionaire entrepreneur has become troubled by his own creations

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Man responsible for making the web what it is today publishes 9,500-word response to critics

Tidal party: Many cruise ships offer weddings at sea

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The British wedding season is in full swing. And with all the costs, headaches over seating plans and worries about the weather in the build-up to their big day, many couples have moments when they wish they had simply eloped. The good news is that running away to sea is an option.

California couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier who took gay marriage ban to court get married just an hour after legal ruling

The lead plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

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Civil ceremonies on the rise as religious weddings fall out of popularity

The number of couples getting married with religious ceremonies has fallen 6.2 per cent in a year.

Jeremy Forrest was jailed for five and a half years

Wife 'launches divorce proceedings' against jailed maths teacher Jeremy Forrest

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