Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

The year 2013 in review: Fashion was at its best when it was boldest this year

Hirings and firings made many of the fashion headlines in 2013. But there was something for sensation-seekers on the catwalk, too, if you knew where to look

Elton John is scheduled to perform in Russia this weekend by anti-gaw laws may stop him

Elton John's Russian tour at risk of cancellation over anti-gay laws

The singer's December gigs have been threatened due to fears he may spread 'gay propaganda'

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Just don’t mention “the bagel”…

Sam Bailey sings

The X Factor takes a patriotic twist with Sam Bailey covering The Beatles for British week

Who will be leaving the competition tomorrow?

Business in Brief: Shire swallows rare-disease specialist ViroPharma

Shire has made its biggest acquisition, spending $4.2bn (£2.6bn) on the US drugs maker ViroPharma. Shares in Shire rose 26p to 2,822p, even though it paid $50 a share for the rare-diseases specialist, which had revenues of $428m last year. Shire’s chief executive Flemming Ornskov expects to create $2bn revenues from medicines for rare diseases next year.

Doesn’t suit you, sir: Alan Lewis loses Nutter brand

A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

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iStyle: Highland fling: Comeback of the kilt

The kilt is making a comeback this season, from traditional Scots tartan to minis and punky versions, writes Holly Swayne

Sharon Osbourne with X Factor contestant Lorna Simpson

Sharon Osbourne abstains from X Factor vote as Lorna Simpson gets sent home

Nicole Sherzinger sent Simpson home over fellow contestant Shelley Smith

HTC cashes in on gold trend with 18ct handset worth £2,750

Apple and Samsung have already made gold-coloured smartphones; HTC just went straight for the gold

Paris Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton to focus on his own brand after emotional show

Designer leaves fashion house to focus on his brand with inspiring final collection

Don't feel you have to turn back time, Cher. Beauty doesn't mean youth

There’s a vast difference between refusing to fade into the background and wilfully attempting to fool people into believing you are younger than you are

Beach Boy Bruce Johnston performing at the Henley Festival last week

Picking up better vibrations? Beach Boys succumb to Auto-Tune for new album

Fans say the results are 'embarrassing' and make the singers - famous for four-part harmonies - sound more like robots

U2's 2010 set in Vienna, which Mark Fisher helped create

Mark Fisher: Designer who created stunning sets for Pink Floyd, U2 and the Rolling Stones

As bands like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Genesis moved into arenas and stadiums in the 1970s, stage design became an important part of the fan experience.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee