Kevin Spacey, who plays fictional president Francis Underwood in “House of Cards”:  “They tell me House of Cards is a huge success in China, that the government like it a lot and that for the man in the street Underwood is seen as a man who fights corruption,” he told reporters at the launch of a new series in Paris.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

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House rules: Robin Wright and Neve Campbell in the new series of House of Cards House rules: Robin Wright and Neve Campbell in the new series of House of Cards

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Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in the fourth season of House of Cards which is available on Netflix from Friday.

If you have any appetite left for political drama after last weekend, House of Cards returns to Netflix for its fourth season on Friday morning. All (...)

Idris Elba holds his two Screen Actors Guild awards  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

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A general view of Davos ahead of the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

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The Oxfam report highlights the role that “an ever more elaborate system of tax havens” is playing in the deepening divide, calling for a “global approach to end the era of tax havens”. Photograph: Getty Images

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Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some commenters on social media have decided they don’t like her ‘Dub’ accent. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and actor Daniel Craig pick some ‘Singles Day’ winners.

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Netflix online advertisements for its original series ‘Bloodline’ included a takeover of the RTÉ Ten home page.

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‘Although we sometimes have to work harder to assure people of our ability to do a flawless English accent, many leading British roles are being won by Irish talent.’

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