Arts and Entertainment Natalie Gumede dances the tango on Strictly Come Dancing 2013

The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango

Album: R Kelly, Love Letter (Jive)

"I wanna bring love songs back to the radio," oozes R Kelly at one point here, making you wonder which station he's tuned to, so rarely does radio's gaze stray from that subject.

Spurned lover jailed for brutal stabbing

A spurned lover who repeatedly stabbed a mother-of-two a month after he was bailed following a previous assault on her was jailed for eight years today.

Bebel Gilberto, Koko, London

Bossa chill that's just a bit too cool

Gilberto Gil, Royal Festival Hall, London

A veteran artist has a history. And, it could be argued, a responsibility.

Album: The Ipanemas, Que Beleza (Far Out)

With four albums behind them, and only the slyvoiced singer and percussionist Wilson das Neves left from the original Rio studio band, Que Beleza could resemble the scraping of a barrel more than the scraping of a gourd.

Album: Vinicius Cantuaria, Samba Carioca (Naive)

Produced once more by his New York neighbour Arto Lindsay, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Cantuaria's latest album – launched with a concert at London's Barbican on Tuesday – returns to the laid-back, drifting samba-jazz with which he made his name.

You'll be dancing in the streets on this island

There's more to the Dominican Republic than its beach resorts. Ben Lerwill heads to the capital, a city with a footloose soundtrack

Album: Leo Gandelman, Garrincha!! (Far Out)

Original music for new Brazilian film Garrincha: Estrela Solitaria, a biopic of the bandy-legged football genius. It's an instrumental jazz score interleaved with a bit of public domain drumming and dialogue extracts, louche cha-cha and mambo dance numbers summoning up the late 1950s.

Samba girl, 7, wins a late pass to kick off Carnival

Judge rules youngster can take star role after protest by child rights campaigners

Etherington shortens odds on England 'long shot'

Stoke City 3 Blackburn Rovers 0

Album: Chipmunk, I Am Chipmunk (Jive/Sony)

"I never chose this," Chipmunk dissembles on "Saviour", the modesty-free opener. Of course, British rap doesn't need saving right now.

Jesús Alfonso: Conga player and musical director of Cuba's 'Kings of Rumba'

Known in Cuba as "Los Reyes de la rumba" ("The kings of rumba"), Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are recognised internationally as being among the leading ambassadors of this ancient AfroCuban musical tradition – one of the building blocks of contemporary salsa.

Allardyce uses praise to bury Blackburn's deficiencies

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Strictly come merchandising

BBC1's Saturday night spectacular has grown big enough for a stadium tour – complete with lucrative spin-offs.

Austerity entertainment: Hot to trot!

Trouble ahead? Then grab a partner, face the music and try dancing with the old-time party animals who are flocking to wild jive nights and afternoon tea waltzes all over Britain
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

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Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

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Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

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9 best women's festival waterproofs

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