Judge said he was “astounded” a more rapid reaction to initiate legal proceedings by Tulisa Contostavios did not take place. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

X Factor judge and singer Tulisa Contostavios has been refused permission to bring defamation proceedings against the Irish Sun newspaper arising from(...)

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London  today. Contostavlos is on trial accused of being concerned with the supply of a class A drug, which she denies. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos used code words to help broker a cocaine deal with an undercover reporter who claimed she was in the frame f(...)

The killing of  Anwar al-Awlaki was the first, and only, publicly known case in which a US citizen was deliberately targeted for killing by drone strike. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S Viano/Reuters

The US government has formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, wh(...)