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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

Wallis Simpson's jewellery: God save the bling

Wallis Simpson's stunning jewellery goes to auction today. Who would wear gems unmistakably associated with a moment in history? Carola Long finds out

Saudi prince ordered to pay murder prosecution costs

A gay Saudi prince jailed for life last month for murdering the servant he used as a "human punchbag" was today ordered to pay prosecution costs of £63,763.

Exhibition throws new light on chronicler of apartheid

A full-bleed image of a line of naked black men, their hands raised to the ceiling of a grimy room, seems as though it must be a record life in a prison. In some senses it was.

Henderson warms to Burton's work ethic

After a late night in Mayfair, at the Cartier Awards, Nicky Henderson could probably think of better ways to spend his morning than he did yesterday. For a start, his vantage point down the all-weather gallop was flayed by a savagely cold wind. In summer sun, the Berkshire downland here unfurls in a golden tide; now it lay trapped, muddy and murky, under heavy grey skies. Not even this, however, was sufficient to discourage a claustrophobic inquisition.

The Feral Beast: McElvoy is moving on...and on

She broadcasts on Radio 3, writes for several newspapers, and is a tireless networker at all the smartest parties. But Anne McElvoy is giving up her weekly column for the Evening Standard in favour of other projects.

An Inner Silence: The Portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson

C-B's book of portraits Tête-à-Tête came only six years ago. However, this selection, from an exhibition at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, has the edge in both design (usually a single picture to a double spread) and reproduction (tritone instead of duotone).

The City Diary: A case of us and them

Much anger among the creditors of Mint Equities – the interdealer broker that was bought out of a pre-pack administration by rival BGC Partners in August.

How We Met: Adam Clayton & Michael Hoppen

'Away from the music-business star system, you find more measured people to be around'

Substance over style: Hipster's bible Vice magazine is making documentaries about war zones

The magazine's editor tells Ian Burrell why serious is 'in'

Italian thieves pocket €500k Cartier ring

Two well-dressed thieves have walked off with a €500,000 (£440,000) diamond ring from a luxury store in Rome.

All The Fun Of The Frieze

It's the biggest event in the UK art calendar – and one of the busiest weeks on the celebrity social scene too. Alice Jones joins the party circuit for five days of the Frieze Art Fair

Woman jailed for stealing £1.7 million from employer

A cashier at a firm of solicitors who stole £1.7 million over seven years to finance a luxurious lifestyle for herself and her husband was today jailed for five years.

The eternal truths, as revealed in a century of women's mags

As publishing empire NatMag celebrates, Susie Mesure leafs through some of its greatest hits

24-hour Room Service: Hotel Fasano, Rio de Janeiro

Lap up the cool vibe and ocean views

Where Good Ideas Come From, By Steven Johnson<br />Sudden Genius?, By Andrew Robinson

What do coral reefs, Italian Renaissance city states and Twitter have in common? Steven Johnson's achievement in Where Good Ideas Come From is to establish such connections entirely convincingly. The book is subtitled "a natural history of innovation", and delivers precisely this, shedding equal light on evolution in the natural world and in human culture and technology.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain