Arts and Entertainment Glory days: US singer Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Justin Bieber fever sweeps Mexico City

Thousands of "tween" girls and their parents packed into Mexico City's historic main plaza, braving a light but incessant rain before a free concert by teenage superstar Justin Bieber that was expected to draw 200,000 people.

The seller claims their mother 'did the blood work' on President Ronald Reagan

Auction site offers blood from Ronald Reagan assassination bid

Ex-President's foundation threatens legal action to prevent Guernsey firm selling grisly souvenir

Adele's album has spent 23 weeks at number one since its release

Adele's album 21 overtakes sales of Michael Jackson's Thriller

Adele has sent more records tumbling after her album 21 outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller, becoming the fifth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK.

Brussels clears Sony's bid for EMI music publishing

The music giant Sony's £1.4bn move to buy EMI's music publishing division has got the green light from regulators in Brussels. Insiders said the European Commission would give formal approval later today.

The trial of OJ Simpson was shown in the UK

Ian Burrell: Court coverage was a world apart from fireworks of OJ Simpson trial

It was hardly the OJ Simpson trial. Considering this nation has become known as the CCTV capital of the world, there has been a reluctance to allow television cameras to record the dramas of other areas of British life.

Brussels gives Sony go-ahead to buy EMI Publishing

Sony's £1.4bn move to buy EMI's music publishing division has ot the green light from regulators in Brussels. Insiders last night said the European Commission would give formal approval to the music giant today.

Jim Yong Kim, president elect

Bust up over World Bank as new head is named

Rapping Michael Jackson impersonator offers a break with tradition – but not everyone is happy

A Gieves & Hawkes suit label

Royal tailor must tighten its belt after top staff leave

Gieves & Hawkes, suppliers of uniforms to princes and pop stars, hits trouble

Album: Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite Les Folies [Live In London] (Parlophone) (4/5)

Now is the season, it seems, of live-album stocking-fillers, the most flamboyant of which – and, it must be noted, the most winsome filler of those stockings – is this 2-CD/DVD package of Kylie's Aphrodite Les Folies stage show, recorded at the O2 Arena.

Man charged with kidnap of boy aged 10

Police investigating the alleged kidnapping of a boy aged 10 in the West Midlands have charged a man in connection with the incident.

In the past, all Dr Conrad Murray would have faced was a lawsuit for prescribing drugs for Jackson

Murray case puts showbiz doctors in the dock

Michael Jackson's killer may have been part of a wider culture of malpractice

Christina Patterson: It wasn't just one man who killed the King of Pop

Perhaps fans thought it was a normal thing that he was crippled with arthritis and nearly blind

Propofol has a potential for abuse

Milk of amnesia: a powerful anaesthetic abused all too often

Propofol is the most widely used anaesthetic drug in the US and the UK. Known as the "milk of amnesia" – it comes as a white liquid – it is given by infusion direct into a vein and rapidly induces unconsciousness followed by quick recovery, so patients can be up and about soon after surgery without feeling groggy or dazed.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform