Best of 2014: Comedy preview

Julian Hall picks this year’s must-see comedy

Best of 2014: Film preview

Geoffrey MacNab picks this year’s must-see films

Best of 2014: Visual art preview

Adrian Hamilton picks this year's must-see visual art

Pope Francis warns priests can become 'little monsters' if they are not trained properly

Pope's comments came during a closed-door meeting of 120 superiors of religious orders at the Vatican

Michael Kagan's oil painting 'Pilot 2' for White Lies' album cover

White Lies astronaut album cover wins Best Art Vinyl Award 2013

Michael Kagan's oil painting was judged the most creative

The Grand Panorama Museum: Cambodia’s newest tourist attraction is a ‘gift’ from North Korea

The Grand Panorama Museum is a way of making hard cash for Pyongyang, as Poppy McPherson in Phnom Penh reports

Rapper Rick Ross has won a court battle against a former drug kingpin in order to keep his stage name

Rapper Rick Ross wins $10 million court battle against former drug kingpin to keep his name

In a real-life Cell Block 4 scenario, the hip-hop star was challenged by 'Freeway' Ricky Ross, a convicted gangster who ruled the Los Angeles drugs trade in the 1980s

Zollman spoke at least six languages and had an exceptional ear for metre

Peter Zollman: Scientist who worked on the Channel Tunnel and translated into English the verse of his native Hungary

When the two ends of the Channel Tunnel met in 1990, the moment was marked by a shaking of hands between a construction worker from France and one from England, followed by a mutual crossing of hundreds of workers. The man who enabled that meeting to take place through the production of special laser guidance equipment was Peter Zollman, a Hungarian refugee from the 1956 revolution, who was only 25 when he arrived in England with a degree in electrical engineering and who went on to win three Queen's Awards for technological innovation and export in the industry.

When I’m offered my OBE – and it’s ‘when’ not ‘if’ – I’ll grab it with both hands

Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

A general view of buildings in Ebrington Square, the venue of the 2013 Turner Prize, Derry

So long city of culture: Derry Turner Prize art gallery to be turned into office block

A campaign has been launched by senior figures to keep the gallery alive

A pint with Alex Salmond? ‘I’d check my wallet,’ says David Cameron

The PM’s comments came when he was asked who he’d rather head down to the local boozer with: Nick Clegg, Ed Milliband or Alex Salmond

Just when you thought the world was safe from another outlandish, Kanye-like statement of grandiose self-indulgence…

Does Beyonce’s ego know no bounds? Singer poses in the middle of Leonardo DaVinci's masterpiece 'The Last Supper'

The singer (‘s assistant) posted a series of pictures on her Instagram account last night, hinting to fans that they could be set for another guerrilla release

Antony Gormley knighted in New Year Honours List 2014

The acclaimed sculptor leads the honours for the arts and entertainment world

New Yorkers live longer today than when Michael Bloomberg took office 12 years ago, but the city's homelessness problem has grown under his watch
Despite the prominence of Conservative supporters in the awards list, David Cameron's party has insisted the process of deciding honours remains independent

David Cameron accused of cronyism over New Year Honours list

Award recipients include long-serving MPs and Tory party donors

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas