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Clare Spencer | 15:21 UK time, Friday, 4 February 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The Times' most popular story, Celebrity Watch, reports Harps supermarket chain in Arkansas is selling the current issue of US Weekly - with Elton John, David Furnish and their new baby on the cover - but "protected" by a "Family Shield" to "Protect young Harps shoppers". Caitlin Moran isn't impressed:

"What young Harps shoppers are being protected from, of course, is the sight of two dads holding their son."

She wonders "how are you racking up the DVDs of Three Men & A Baby? There's THREE of them."

Top of Guardian music's most popular list is a suggestion that the rockabilly style is going mainstream. The trend's poster girl, Imelda May dresses as "glamorous as a B-movie femme fatale, smouldering in leopard-print faux-fur, lips an immaculate foxy red". What May didn't have when she started was any interest from record companies. "They didn't get it. They'd say, 'It's not rock'n'roll, it's not country, it's not blues, it's not old, it's not new.' They couldn't put me into a box" she says in the paper. A chance meeting with Jools Holland and a subsequent spot on his show made the record companies change their minds.

The Telegraph's most read story reports on the latest from the Wikileaks diplomatic cables. The article says the leaks show US plans for a missile defence system on Czech soil ran into trouble when defence chiefs realised the proposed radar was blind to nuclear missiles. Eventually the plan was abandoned because the threat from Iran could be countered by shorter-range systems.

The father of Meredith Kercher "blasted a vile film portrayal of her sex murder" according to the Sun's most read article. The paper says the new movie's previews show Meredith screaming in terror as she is attacked by killers Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede.

Why should anyone care about Belgium's language disputes, asks a popular article on the Economist. The answer, according to the article, is that the latest spat could lead to the country splitting up. Uncertainty over who would repay the country's debts if the split did go ahead means financial markets "stand ready to dump Belgian bonds".

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