Arts and Entertainment Lorde and Disclosure have been confirmed to play at this year's Brit Awards 2014

The acts will join Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding

Kylie Minogue in her dressing room to announce a run of comeback gigs

Kylie Minogue announces new single 'Into The Blue' and special comeback gig

The Voice judge is making a musical return with a 12th studio album also due

Money Insider: Will this be the year banking gets the kick up the backside it needs?

As we start another year, is it too much to hope that we have seen the last of questionable sales practices, poor service and IT infrastructure failures from the banking industry?

Haythornthwaite gets Centrica chair

Former Network Rail chairman Rick Haythornthwaite has been confirmed as the new chairman of British Gas-owner Centrica, ahead of expected energy bill increases of around £100.

Alessandro Brustenghi has a record deal with Universal Music

Franciscan Friar Alessandro wins Classic Brit Awards nomination for Voice of Assisi

The first religious brother to land a major record deal is up for an award for his album of sacred music

German composer Hans Zimmer

Brits to reward The Dark Night Rises composer Hans Zimmer

Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer will be recognised with a special award at this year's Classic Brits.

EE announces double speed networks of up to 150Mbps

New standards will be rolled out to customers from July 4th

British customers will be hit with charges on new debit and credit cards if a proposed European Union rule is allowed to come into force

Card fees to be introduced for British customers following EU rule change

As hidden fees for transactions look set to be scrapped, report warns customers the cost will be passed on to them

Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's west London embassy for a year

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 'will stay in Ecuador embassy even if Sweden sex charges dropped'

He fears moves are already under way to extradite him from London to US

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

The Home Secretary's premature decision is enough to show she has prejudged the issue and her bias would make any subsequent decision open to challenge, says Geoffrey Robertson

Retailer collected payments on unwanted mobile for 10 months

Questions of Cash: Tell me what I should look for if crooks have rigged up an ATM

Q: You answered a reader’s letter (Questions of Cash, 11 May) on a fraud committed at an HBOS ATM, where a “skimming device” was fitted to the front of the machine.  The victim was obviously unaware of this, but apparently a subsequent customer was as they reported it to the branch when it reopened after the weekend. I have no idea what to look for and many other readers will be similarly uninformed.  Please enlighten us!  IM, by email.

Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2013 with MasterCard gather on stage today at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket for a celebratory group photo, including; James McAvoy (3rd row from back, 5th from right), Billie Piper (3rd row from back, far left), David Wood (2nd row from back, seated far left), Leigh Zimmerman (3rd row from back, 4th from right), Tade Biesinger (3rd row from back, 3rd from left), Luke Treadaway (2nd row from back, 4th from right) and Rafe Spall (2nd row from back, 3rd from right). The star-studded ceremony hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28 April.

Stars gather to celebrate Olivier Award nominations

Theatre stars such as James McAvoy and Billie Piper shared a stage today as nominees for this year's Olivier Awards gathered to celebrate their inclusion on the shortlist.

Seth MacFarlane, actor and Oscars host

Page 3 Profile: Seth MacFarlane, actor and Oscars host

The saviour of the Academy Awards?

British breakthrough act: Ben Howard

Page 3 Profile: Ben Howard, musician

The most boring Brit Awards in history?

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together? Harry Styles and Taylor Swift both booked to perform at the Brit Awards

Former lovers Taylor Swift and One Direction's Harry Styles could have an uncomfortable moment at the Brit Awards later this month after both were booked to perform.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness