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Many of us will have booked our holidays by now and bought the sun-cream too. But what to read under the palm tree or on the beach or the staycation sofa?

Yoko Ono awards peace prize to Lady Gaga

Pop star Lady Gaga was awarded a peace prize by Yoko Ono in a ceremony in Iceland on Tuesday.

Theo Fennell hoping its luck will turn

Finely crafted scallop, evil eye and zodiac lucky charms were not enough to ward off losses at jeweller-to-the-stars Theo Fennell.

Lady Gaga pays record for Alexander McQueen gown

Lady Gaga is believed to have paid a world record price for a gown by her late friend the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Lady Gaga snaps up Alexander McQueen gown for 'world record price'

Chart star Lady Gaga is believed to have paid a world record price for a gown by her late friend Alexander McQueen at a London auction.

A portrait of the designer Haider Ackermann

Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader

Colombian designer Haider Ackermann is no newcomer to the fashion scene, but his perfectly pintucked and elegantly elongating clothes are finally beginning to attract the attention they deserve, says Susannah Frankel

Pop diva Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia show after threats

Pop diva Lady Gaga has cancelled her show in Indonesia amid threats from hardline Muslims.

A fan dressed as Lady Gaga waiting for the singer's concert in Seoul

Protests in Thailand over provocative shows by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's provocative lyrics and costumes have angered Christian groups in South Korea and the Philippines and Islamists in Indonesia, where the show may be banned.

An exposed strap is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas

What the best-dressed breasts are wearing

As the sun makes a rare and somewhat bashful appearance, so too will bra straps across the land as clothes inevitably become flimsier and gauzier. The flagrant flashing of one's unmentionables may send the more traditionally mannered into a tizzy, but as long as the bits of your foundation garment that are on show aren't the colour of discarded chewing gum, an exposed strap here or there is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas.

Pre-school children of the world despair as Wiggles trio call time on 21-year career

To the uninitiated, the four Australian middle-aged men in rollneck sweaters do not look like multimillionaire performers with the capacity to sell out Madison Square Garden 12 nights in a row.

Indonesia bans Lady Gaga concert over fears she'll corrupt kids

Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people.

Garbage, The Troxy, London

It was as if they’d never been away. Flame-haired Scottish siren Shirley Manson and her American band returned to glorious form tonight after a seven-year hiatus. Despite touring to promote a new album, Not Your Kind Of People, which hits record stores next week, the band rewarded their patient fanbase and the evening consisted of some serious old school Garbage.

Nicolas Sarkozy with his wife, Carla Bruni

Premières Dames past and present join election pantomime

François Hollande's girlfriend is furious with President Nicolas Sarkozy. So is his former wife, Cécilia.

Wale, Scala, London

Despite topping the iTunes charts last year with his second album Ambition, Wale (pronounced "Wah-ley") has struggled to filter into mainstream media.

Azealia Banks, The Plug, Sheffield
The Black Keys, Alexandra Palace, London

The rapper who topped the 'NME' Cool List last year is fierce, fast-tongued and full of herself

Britons rule in the album charts

Adele is at the forefront of a new British revival in the album charts with home-grown artists recording their best sales since the mid-1990s when Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project