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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).

How We Met: Adam Clayton & Michael Hoppen

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

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.

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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