Independent Plus Hair today: David Cameron with a bouffant style (left) and his current cut

Few get closer to the Prime Minister than his barber, so no wonder Cameron's has been awarded with an MBE. And hair has always been big in politics, explains Andy McSmith

Kennedy family loses fight to stop 'warts and all' biopic being seen

America's so-called royal family was said to have got it cancelled – but after a brief period in television limbo, a controversial mini-series charting the life of the Kennedys has found a new home.

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A Day That Shook The World: Kennedy inauguration

Exactly 50 years ago, 20 January 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as President of the United States of America.

Sale puts final nail in saga of JFK killer's coffin

The coffin in which they buried Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President John F Kennedy, is to be sold at auction in Los Angeles, almost 50 years after the events that led to his untimely death.

A Day That Shook The World: John F. Kennedy assassinated

On 22 November at approximately 12.30pm the thirty-fifth President of the United States John F. Kennedy was shot during a public parade in Dallas, Texas.



My secret life: James Ellroy, author, 62

My parents were ... good-looking LA arrivistes. They were ill-suited for parenthood, so I'm not surprised that I turned out to be both as troubled and gifted as I am.

Paul Vallely: Fact is, the obvious is usually the truth

We take refuge in conspiracy theories, like the 'murder' of Dr David Kelly, for the most understandable of reasons

Powerful roles: To play the king

With news that Meryl Streep may portray the Iron Lady on the big screen, Pavan Amara looks at actors who have taken on the big political roles

Exposed: Voyeurism, surveillance and the camera

Tate Modern's current exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of voyeurism and surveillance.

JFK assassin's cab sold at auction

The cab Lee Harvey Oswald took after President John F Kennedy's assassination has been sold at auction to an Illinois museum for $35,750 (£25,000).

Five interesting things that happened on today’s date

There are some dates in history that are repeated time and again, producing an odd synergy. For example, the 23rd November is the date on which John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963; it was the date British prime minister Margaret Thatcher ended her premiership in 1990; and it was the date on which Angela Merkel became the first ever female Chancellor of Germany in 2005.

Secret Jackie Kennedy interviews revealed

Publisher to release six hours of recordings with JFK's widow from 1964

Dear Jackie... how America mourned JFK

They arrived from every corner of the country. They were from men women and children, of every race, age, class and calling. Half a century on, they have come to life again, expressing Americans' grief, shock and collective sense of bereavement at the news of John F Kennedy's assassination.

Brian Viner: 'Slight mistranslations can cause big problems on foreign exchanges'

Our friends Jane and James have just waved off their 13-year-old son Jack on the school French exchange trip. Jack is spending a week with a family near Grenoble, and later in the year the French child will come to Herefordshire. After a couple of days, Jane and James still hadn't heard from Jack, which they took to be a sign that everything was fine. After all, Jane knows that the French mum is a nurturing type because before Jack left she received an e-mail asking "what does it eat for its breakfast?" Wisely, Jane ascribed this to Madame's slightly shaky English, rather than any inclination to regard the teenage Anglais as inanimate or inhuman.

Quick as a flash, Lightning is now a phenomenon

Four months down the line, in the chill of a bleak British midwinter, the memory remains warmingly vivid. It is the Olympastadion in Berlin on the evening of Thursday 20 August 2009 and the World Championship men's 200m final is fast approaching. Usain Bolt enters the arena. The crowd roars with laughter at his every clowning move, relayed by the trackside cameras on to the giant screens at either end of the stadium.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Diana Krall interview

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Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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