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I advertised for a man to get me pregnant – then I fell in love

Ten months ago, thirty-something Jessica was eager to get pregnant. A series of relationships had failed so she tried a radically new approach – she posted an advert online. The outcome turned out to be far better than she had hoped. “Safe, bareback babymaking,” the advert read. “I’m in my 30s & have given up on Messrs Right & Wrong. ...

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Dolores O'Riordan and Asia's enduring love for The Cranberries

The musical world is reeling from news of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries. But as the BBC’s Heather Chen in Singapore writes, fans might be surprised to know of the enduring impact the band has had across Asia. It was 1999 and I was 12 years old when I was first introduced to The Cranberries. ...

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True Lies actress stands by claims she was 'molested' at 12

Eliza Dushku has reiterated claims she made about being abused at the age of 12 while working on the film True Lies. In a Facebook post, the now 37-year-old alleged that stuntman Joel Kramer sexually molested her. Following the allegations, however, Kramer has issued several denials, calling the claims “entirely untrue”. In response, Dushku, best known for Buffy the Vampire ...

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Dolores O'Riordan: Police say death is not suspicious

The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious by the Metropolitan Police. Police also confirmed a report was being compiled ready to hand to the coroner’s office to investigate the causes of O’Riordan’s death. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, died in London suddenly on Monday, aged 46. The Cranberries enjoyed international success in the ...

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BBC star Emily Maitlis' harasser sentenced

A former friend of Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, who has harassed the BBC journalist for more than 20 years, has been further jailed. Edward Vines, 47, inflicted “psychological torture” on the BBC star by repeatedly breaching a restraining order, a court heard. Vines wrote letters to Ms Maitlis while serving a sentence for previous breaches of the order. He was ...

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The tragedy that inspired Zombie – The Cranberries' biggest hit

“This song’s our cry against man’s inhumanity to man; and man’s inhumanity to child.” – Dolores O’Riordan. After The Cranberries’ debut album, people thought they had the band sussed out. The Limerick band were part of the Celtic rock tradition, their shimmering, sorrowful ballads brought to life by Dolores O’Riordan’s bell-clear vocals. Zombie shattered that illusion. A seething condemnation of ...

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Oscar-tipped actor gives salary from Woody Allen film to charity

The star of Oscar-tipped drama Call Me By Your Name has announced he is giving his entire salary for appearing in Woody Allen’s next film to charity. “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” wrote Timothee Chalamet on Instagram. The 22-year-old is one of a number of actors who have distanced themselves from Allen over historic ...

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BBC WM presenter Ed Doolan dies aged 76 after dementia battle

Media playback is unsupported on your device Veteran BBC broadcaster Ed Doolan has died aged 76, after suffering with vascular dementia. Mr Doolan was born in Sydney, Australia, but began his broadcasting career in Cologne in 1970 with the German World Service. He later moved to Birmingham and joined BBC Radio WM from a commercial station in 1982. He was ...

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UK inflation rate falls slightly

The inflation rate dropped to 3% in December from November’s six-year high of 3.1% – the first fall since June. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said growth in food prices slowed during the month and airline fares rose less strongly than a year earlier. However, the ONS said it was too early to say whether the fall was the ...

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Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

The American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74. The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist said. Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel hymns with secular sound. He is best-known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day. The following year ...

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