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Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)

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'

Beyoncé is the most searched for celebrity on the internet. Find out who else appears in the Top 10, compiled by Bing.

Beyoncé beats Kim Kardashian as Bing's most searched for celebrity in 2013

The singer beats Miley, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to be named the highest ranking star on the internet

Bob Dylan performs on-stage in June 2009 in California

Bob Dylan: Singer-songwriter charged with incitement to racial hatred in France

The musician likened Croatians to Nazis and slave owners

How to create a truly National Theatre: Get the Beeb on board

The National Theatre’s recent 50th anniversary gala was delightful in a number of ways, and not just for the opportunity to hear Dame Judi Dench give another magnificent rendition of “Send in the Clowns”.

A letter signed by leading actors, artists and campaigners was delivered to Theresa May demanding she show clemency on Isa Muazu case

Private jet standing by to deport 'close to death' hunger striker Isa Muazu to Nigeria

He now weighs just 53 kilos, despite being 5ft 11in tall - but appeals to Home Office seem to be unheeded

A visa is crucial if you're planning on working abroad - and it can also be necessary even if you're just popping in for a few days

We should be encouraging students to enter Britain, not tightening our visa requirements

Strict visa rules are turning students away

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

There is little spontaneity in Question Time in the House of Commons. MPs arrive with their pre-prepared questions, quite often supplied for them by the business managers.

Bob Dylan performs on-stage in June 2009 in California

Bob Dylan proves my times are a’changin’

There's nothing like watching a sprightly 72-year-old to make you feel more youthful

Taylor Swift with her four gongs at the American Music Awards

American Music Awards 2013: List of AMA winners in full

Taylor Swift took home four awards at last night's ceremony in LA

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Rev Paul Flowers tops the agenda – not to Labour a point

A new Prime Ministerial human shield is born! Len McCluskey is so last week! Enter the colourful, substances-prone, Labour-friendly Rev Paul Flowers, lately of the Co-op. Allotted the first question at Prime Ministers Questions, Conservative Steve Brine declared: “MPs across the House will have grave concerns about the nightmare unfolding at the Co-operative bank.” This was not quite accurate, since Tory MPs were ecstatic.

Westlife's Kian Egan has emerged as an early rival for Joey Essex in the battle for the I'm A Celebrity crown

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Kian Egan tipped to rival Joey Essex for crown

Bookmakers have picked the Westlife singer as the most likely challenger

Typhoon Haiyan: British aid total tops £44m after celebrity telethon

Jamie Oliver and Amanda Holden were among the stars taking donations from callers

A leaked email from one of Ed Miliband's closest aides described as a 'nightmare' working with Ed Balls on economic policy

What leaked email from Miliband aide describing 'nightmare' of working with Ed Balls means for future of Labour party

Andrew Grice reports on a rocky relationship and asks how much it will influence the next election

Yona Metzger faces accusations of bribery, money laundering and income tax violations

Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger charged with money laundering

A former Chief Rabbi has been arrested in Israel following a fraud inquiry.

Melissa Bachman's dead lion photo: So much for education by Twitter

You don’t need to be a card-carrying Peta member to find the photograph grotesque

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own