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Fans include Anna Wintour and Natalie Portman – yet high art, not the red carpet, inspires their collections. Alex Fury meets Kate and Laura Mulleavy, creators of New York's hottest fashion label, Rodarte

US 'execution drugs' row flares up again as trail points to London

The controversy over the use of British-made drugs in executions in the United States flared up last night after court documents emerged in Arizona which suggested that the supply could be traced to an address in west London.

Diplomats object to US over import of drug for executions

British diplomats have complained to the US government about a drug imported from the UK being used in the execution of death row prisoners.

The Year in Review: Miner miracle in Chile

The San Jose gold and copper mine is perched on a rocky and barren hillside in the middle of Chile's Atacama Desert, which sits roughly 400 miles north of Santiago and is officially the driest place on earth. For roughly 48 hours in early October, this remote and inhospitable spot became the focus of the entire world.

California flooded after record rainfall

A huge storm system dumped record amounts of rain on southern California and prompted concern the poor weather could spread across the US.

Chalmers Johnson: Academic and author whose books attacked US foreign policy

The tragedy of 11 September 2001 transformed Chalmers Johnson's 2000 book Blowback from a trenchant critique of American foreign policy ignored by the mainstream into a best-seller. Johnson described, as the book's subtitle stated, "The Costs and Consequences of American Empire", and thus offered an analysis of the discontents behind the attack on the World Trade Center.

The bands who know the (film) score

Grizzly Bear, Daft Punk and Phoenix are the latest acts to compose music for films, bringing their hipster cachet with them. It's a mutually beneficial collaboration, says Gillian Orr

Email reveals gallows humour on Death Row

Newly released documents show that top prison officials in California went begging to Arizona for a vital drug that is used in executing inmates on Death Row after its own supply ran out and then found an inappropriate form of words to express their gratitude when they got what they needed.

David Dortort: Television producer and writer who created 'Bonanza' and 'The High Chaparral'

When the producer David Dortort created Bonanza, he bucked the trend of casting established actors as the programme's stars, gave it a family feel and ended up with television's second-longest-running Western, behind Gunsmoke – as well as one of the first series to be filmed and broadcast in colour.

Happy birthday, chuck! Fifty years of a Northern TV legend

For 50 years, it has enthralled a nation with its hotpot of tears, drama and laughs. Tony Livesey salutes Coronation Street

Ten children rescued from smugglers in US

Ten children have been rescued from human smugglers who threatened to rape and kill some of them if their parents didn't pay more money for their entry into the US, authorities said yesterday.

William Roache: The role of a lifetime

There's never been a TV career like it. Same actor, same part, for 50 years. So how has this legend of Coronation Street done it?

Amexica: War Along The Borderline, By Ed Vulliamy

Horrors unfold in this book like a revenger's tragedy, as lines in the Mexican gangster's codebook are constantly crossed. It becomes acceptable to target the spouses and children of a murdered rival in the drugs trade. Then the guests who attend the funeral; then the police investigating the case; then their families in turn. The ripples of violence spread out inexorably. Bodies are left hanging from traffic bridges for dawn commuters to see, often with a warning message displayed beside them. Those are the bodies that have not been dissolved in the acid baths.

Investment Column: African Barrick keeps its golden glow

African Barrick

Jimmy Eat World, Brixton Academy, London

Anyone who was a teenager in the early Noughties will remember that no road trip, house party or first-generation iPod was complete without Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World's most successful album to date – 2001's Bleed American (rebranded as a self-titled effort after 9/11).

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HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower