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Ms Zhukova was pictured sat on the mannequin of a half-naked black woman for a photoshoot with Buro 24/7

Debbie Purdy & Omar Puente: A matter of love and death

She doesn't want to die. But when she does, she wants to hold her husband's hand, knowing he won't be arrested. On Tuesday, a court will decide if she can. Cole Moreton meets... Debbie Purdy & Omar Puente

Obama to honour Martin Luther King

Barack Obama will pay homage to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King today as he vows to revive the spirit of sacrifice to overcome war and economic crisis during his upcoming presidency.

National Youth Orchestra/ Bychkov, Symphony Hall, Birmingham<br>Park Lane Group Young Artists, Purcell Room, London

A crash course for young musicians of 20th-century music and ideas resulted in a beautiful journey

Last night's television: Place of Execution, ITV1 <br>1968 C4

Police &ccedil;a change

Les Crane: TV host and 'Desiderata' narrator

Although Les Crane had a long career in the United States as a confrontational radio and television host, he won international fame for his smooth-voiced, highly sentimental narration of "Desiderata" in 1971, a New Age anthem that he grew to hate. He preferred the parody of his record, "Deteriorata", voiced by Norman Rose for a National Lampoon album.

BBC's Charles Wheeler dies

Sir Charles Wheeler, one of the BBC's longest-serving and most popular foreign correspondents, has died, the corporation announced today. He was 85.

US race relations: The enduring legacy of Martin Luther King

It was 40 years ago this week that the American civil rights leader was assassinated, but his message has never been more relevant, as his son, Martin Luther King III, tells Tim Walker

Georgia: Home to a city fit for a king

Martin Luther King's home town of Atlanta was a place where a black man could dare to dream. Forty years after MLK's death, Marcel Theroux rakes over the embers

The City: 'Getting drunk won't help because there is more to come'

Cold rain was falling on an overcast London yesterday but the City was feeling the heat from mid-morning when the FTSE 100 index started to slip into freefall.

Natalie Dessay: Comedienne dellarte

The French soprano Natalie Dessay dazzles in comic roles. But she's deadly serious about the business of opera, she tells Jessica Duchen

Leading article: Thank you, Rosa

Obituary: Ossie Davis

Campaigning `father figure' for black actors

The island idyll and the US occupation

For six decades, the inhabitants of Okinawa have lived alongside thousands of US troops. But new plans for military expansion have provoked furious resistance. <i>David McNeill</i> reports
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn