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Those who have seen the Aussie actress’ naked scenes in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated movie would probably agree with him

Gerard Byrne, State of Neutral Pleasure, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A country road. A tree. Evening. Irish artist Gerard Byrne has borrowed these stage directions from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot to title a series of photographs. They show just that – trees on roads in the evening.

The editor of the Indonesian edition of Playboy, Erwin Arnada, has just begun a two-year jail sentence

Playboy fined over porn websites accessible to children

Ofcom has fined Playboy £100,000 for failing to protect children from potentially harmful pornographic material.

Snoop Dogg says he 'would love' to pass on his dope knowledge to his kids

Snoop Dogg says he 'would love' to pass on his dope knowledge to his kids

Snoop Dogg has said that he “would love” to share his marijuana expertise with his three children.

Hugh Hefner's son Cooper

Playboy is art, not porn, says Hefner heir

Don't expect too many changes as the bunny empire boss's son prepares to take over

'The Ruler in the Realm of Lust': Fabian Thylmann

Fabian Thylmann, 'the ruler in the Realms of Lust’, is arrested for alleged tax evasion

Fabian Thylmann makes $100m a year from his online porn empire. Now the taxman is after him

France’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, gave money to Mr Sarkozy

Sarkozy questioned over claims he cheated L'Oreal heiress

The French centre-right yesterday suffered one of the most miserable days in the history of any political movement in the democratic world.

Tony Hall

With Tony Hall appointed Director-General of the BBC, who will the ROH replace him with?

The Royal Opera House has lost a respected leader

Playboy show breached TV watershed

A digital TV channel was fined £40,000 yesterday for screening a series of racy shows featuring nude Playboy models before the 9pm watershed during last year's Christmas holiday.

Playboy club opens in India but bunnies may have their ears and tails cut off

India is to get its first Playboy club next month, with demurely dressed bunnies and a focus on glamour instead of sex.

Playboy TV filmed the movie, which is a erotic spoof of 1980s classic TV series Knight Rider, in just 10 hours amongst the tunnels at the historic fort. Filmakers reportedly paid more than £1,000 to hire out the venue.

Row after beautiful 18th century fort is used as location for pornographic film

A beautiful 18th century fort, recently reopened with the help of a £50,000 Lottery grant, is at the centre of a row after it was used as the location for a pornographic film.

Wealthy LA residents ask wealthier neighbours to help fix potholes

Residents of the staggeringly wealthy Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles are so tired of driving over potholes that they have asked the city council of the equally plush Beverly Hills next door to annex their community in an effort to get them fixed.

The former French president and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were not at the mansion as it was raided

Sarkozy's home is raided by police in funding probe

The former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, suffered the indignity of a "raid" on their home yesterday by police investigating illegal campaign financing.

Sarkozy’s home raided by police in campaign funding inquiry

Alleged illegal donations from L’Oréal heiress probed after former leader loses immunity

LeRoy Neiman, above left, with the boxer Bernard Hopkins

LeRoy Neiman: Artist whose brash style was perfect for the sports subjects he loved to paint

LeRoy Neiman was an artist whose paintings are immediately recognisable for their dynamic subjects and brash primary colours, often executed in household enamel paint.

Ksenia Sobchak is calling for a change in leadership, opposing the man her father mentored

'Russian Paris Hilton' criticises Putin's leadership

Russia's answer to Paris Hilton has emerged as a surprise critic of Vladimir Putin in a protest movement that has pitted the wealthy socialite against the man her father mentored.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there