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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.

Russian police arrest man over acid attack on Bolshoi director Sergei Filin

42-year-old ballet boss was attacked with sulphuric acid by hooded assailant in January

Sean Connery as James Bond

Harry Mount on how England made the English

John Walsh gives a summary of the talks at the Bath Literary festival

Russian Bolshoi Ballet dancer Svetlana Lunkina (R) performing together with and Dmitri Gudanov (L) during a rehearsal of the

Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Lunkina says she's been driven from Russia by 'threats'

More bad news for the Bolshoi after the acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin two weeks ago. Today general director Anatoly Iksanov said that 'evil' has entered the company

Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin 'blinded' by acid attack that left him with chemical burns

The former ballet star had acid thrown in his face by a man late last night - it is thought the attack is linked to his position

Alcohol: Who do they drink they are?

What does a tipple say about its drinker? People are often guilty of making assumptions about people based on their beverage of choice, but what about the prosecutors of two men in Cameroon who have served a year in prison for homosexuality because their "guilt" was "proved" by the fact that they were drinking Baileys in a bar? At least my prejudices about drinks, listed below, aren't homophobic or likely to land anyone in prison.

Comedy duo admitted to hallowed halls of British Museum

The Gentlemen of Leisure are first comedy act allowed to perform a tour at the London-based museum

Great Works: Finger Painting - Eagle, 1972, by Georg Baselitz

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his hat-trick goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will finally receive the credit he deserves in England, says Jonas Olsson

Sweden defender Jonas Olsson does not think four-goal hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has received the respect in England that is shown to him in other parts of the world.

Victoria Pendleton to play corpse bridge in Halloween-themed edition of Strictly Come Dancing

Victoria Pendleton is to play a corpse bride in this weekend's Halloween-themed edition of Strictly Come Dancing - just months before she is due to tie the knot herself.

After the Rainfall, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

A blurb describing After the Rainfall, a new production by Curious Directive, says that the drama explores “ant migration patterns”. It does, in depth, but don’t let that put you off.

Album: Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger Folksploitation (Red Grape)

There's a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it's rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe's remixes of blues material.

Natalie Haynes: All about evil... nasty beats nice at the cinema every time

Notebook: Virtually every line of All About Eve zings out of the screen and thwacks you right in the solar plexus

Album: Soulsavers, The Light of the Dead See (V2/Cooperative)

The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).

Rampling says: 'The only way life is interesting to me - and I'm in a particular profession where I can do this - is to jump off the cliff. This is what excites me.'

Charlotte Rampling: 'I've lived with fear all my life'

She has never been afraid to bare her soul on screen – but talking about the anxieties that led to a very public breakdown has not been easy for Charlotte Rampling. Which only makes her new film all the more intriguing...

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there