Arts and Entertainment Trailblazers: The Spice Girls in 1997

The Eurythmics star told the girls to 'ham up' their individual personalities

Smells like teen spirit: The modern take on grunge

Combine oversized outerwear, tartan and fishnet tights for a modern take on grunge. Just add attitude and lashings of eyeliner

Prince performs at the Superbowl, Miami in 2007

New Year's Eve playlist

Tracks that will want to make you stay in this New Year's Eve. After all, that's what you really want to do...

Last Thursday Jamie Reynolds, 23, was sentenced to life in prison for Georgia's (pictured) murder

Georgia Williams murder case: Vicar calls for ban on violent online pornography

The Government must “take more responsibility” in stopping violent online pornography, the vicar from the town of the murdered teenager Georgia Williams has said.

Jayden Parkinson: Murder police focus on grave in search for missing teenager

Leading officer says police had received 'significant and highly relevant information,' which led to specific grave

It is 40 years since Abba won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest

Your Money, Money, Money please - Abba ask fans for £195 pledges on direct-to-fan website

Pop group use site to sell special editions of souvenir book in anniversary year

Are Westlife really ‘the world’s ugliest boyband’? Simon Cowell thinks so

Simon Cowell describes Westlife as ‘the world’s ugliest boyband’

The music mogul, on why he chose not to sign the Irish group

Sam Faiers will not be joining the I'm A Celebrity jungle after rumours suggested she would be

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Sam Faiers confirms she will not enter the jungle

The Only Way Is Essex star will not join her ex-fiancé in the jungle after all

Girls kissing their female friends for the cameras isn't shocking, and it certainly isn't interesting

Why is there even an expectation that images capturing girl-on-girl snog action would cause any offence?

Miley Cyrus is on course to top the charts with Wrecking Ball

Controversy twerks: Miley Cyrus on course for chart double with Wrecking Ball and Bangerz

The singer is at the summit of both the midweek singles and albums charts

Cheap as chips: Google’s new Nexus 5 could cost less than £200

The new Google phone packs impressive specs into rumoured $299 pricetag

Leaked manual supposedly reveals hardware specs for Google's Nexus 5

No surprises for the LG-made phone, with a bigger screen, a beefier processor and 4G connectivity

BBC updates their iPlayer app for Android: Download now & keep for 30 days

Changes will allow for offline viewing of BBC's audio and video content.

22 July 2013: Members of Femen Belgium shout slogans outside the gates of the Tunisian embassy after they used a chain to lock the gates, during a protect calling for the release of fellow activist Tunisian Amina Tyler, in Brussels

Get 'em out for the ladies: Could the male-run girl group FEMEN ever really tackle sexism?

The latest revelations about the nature of FEMEN’s activism prove that only a global feminism, led by women with intersectional values, can effect real change.

LG's G Pad set to compete with the Nexus 7 and iPad mini

8.3-inch screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, but it's the ability to sync with your Android smartphone that might be the real temptation.

Google cuts price of Nexus 4 smartphone to just £159 as it launches Nexus 7

New price likely to clear inventory before an updated handset is released

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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