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A Muslim woman has been allowed to appear in court as a defendant  and enter a plea without removing her full-face veil.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dance The Flames of Paris

Dance review: The Flames of Paris - Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev boost the Bolshoi's London season

When ex-Bolshoi Ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dance, stunned gasps rise up from the theatre: a collective “oh” of wonder and delight. Returning for a guest appearance with their former company, Vasiliev and Osipova give the Bolshoi’s London season an astonishing boost, as high and exhilarating as their soaring jumps. They lift everything around them.

‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that’ – the words of Bill Shankly, seen above at Anfield in 1969

Review: Red or Dead, By David Peace

A love letter to a great manager, an elegy to the beautiful game

Album review: Laura Veirs, Warp and Weft (Bella Union)

Laura weaves her magic with painful and poignant tales

Audio and video: ‘Red or Dead’ and ‘The Damn United’

Click on the link below to hear David Pearce read an extract from his new book ‘Red or Dead’ at the Faber Books Soundcloud page. There also follows clips from the film based around one of Pearce's previous novel ‘The Damned Utd’

Dance review: The Sleeping Beauty - The art of growing up gracefully

A highly intelligent Princess Aurora and dazzling airmanship by her saviour prince give a classic a special lift

Bolshoi dancers have recently played second fiddle to the scandals at the famous Bolshoi Theatre

Exit stage left: Russian government replaces Bolshoi boss Anatoly Iksanov

After a turbulent tenure marked by claims of corruption – and an acid attack on the artistic director – the show is finally over for the ballet's general director

Album review: Editors, The Weight of Your Love ([P.I.A.S.])

Having made progress of sorts with 2009's In This Light and on This Evening, Editors here step backwards into the crepuscular netherworld of Eighties new wave from whence they took their original inspiration.

Bolshoi Ballet

Postcard from... Moscow

Heads Up: David's Peace's Bill Shankly novel Red or Dead

What are we talking about? A new novel about the rise of Liverpool Football Club, and its manager, Bill Shankly – until his surprise resignation at the height of the club's success in 1974.

Russian police investigate £1.8m Boshoi Theatre theft

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of 90m roubles (£1.8m) of state funds during the refurbishment of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.

Adieu: After 13 years at Plymouth, working without pay and fighting cancer, Romain Larrieu has been sacked
New Zealand’s captain, Brendon McCullum, at the crease during the final Test match against England in March

New Zealand bring plenty of baggage for Ashes curtain-raiser

Further infighting over Kiwi captaincy makes intriguing subplot before Australia arrive

Goth rocker and former child chess prodigy compete for Desmond Elliott Prize

A retired goth rocker and a former child chess prodigy are among the authors competing for a £10,000 literary prize.

Album: Hurts, Exile (Epic)

In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.

Pavel Dmitrichenko, left, in footage released by Moscow police yesterday. The dancer has told police he organised the attack on Sergei Filin, right

Bad boy of the Bolshoi, Pavel Dmitrichenko, admits he was behind acid attack on director Sergei Filin

Lead dancer famed for playing villains confesses to police as rumours swirl over ballerina

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