Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

Royksopp continue the 'Late Night Tales' project

The Playlist: Chvrches / Royksopp / Cloud Control

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Festival review: Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

Concerts at outdoor locations associated with the sport of kings have become common place in the British Isles but the Wychwood Festival, held at Cheltenham Racecourse, set the benchmark long ago and remains the perfect opener to a busy summer of outdoor events.

Making her point: Jehnny Beth, lead singer of Savages

This is Girl Power that you don't want to mess with

All-female punk band Savages have a reputation for thrilling live shows and uncompromising standards

Matt Henry on The Voice

The Voice hopeful Matt Henry lands second chance

Singing hopeful Matt Henry landed a place in the live quarter-finals of The Voice, just days after viewers saw him a whisker away from crashing out. 

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court in 2012

The New Suffragettes: Pussy Riot are the band that dared to rock Russia’s establishment

With two of their members in prison (one on hunger strike), Pussy Riot have paid a heavy price for their principles. But their feminist message is getting through

US teenager who allegedly had six home-made bombs hidden in his bedroom planned school attack 'specifically modelled' on Columbine

A range of explosives were discovered comprising pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb

Pussy Riot member, Maria Alekhina, denied parole

A court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

The Russians are strumming: a scene from Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s ‘Pussy Riot – a Punk Prayer’

Pussy Riot: Putin-bashing, punk rock and politics make for a riotous mix

A film by a British director gets to the heart of the Pussy Riot trial

Spot the difference? Madonna and Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey flattered to have inspired Madonna's Met Ball 2013 look

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey has said that she is flattered that she appears to have inspired Madonna's headline-grabbing look at a New York gala.

Met Ball 2013: Madonna displays punk credentials in ripped fishnet stockings

In pictures: from Beyonce to Gwyneth Paltrow - the celebrities who embraced the anarchic theme - and those who shied away from it completely

Video images of John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, once lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols, are displayed at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Never mind Prince Harry – punk’s arrived in New York

Big Apple braces for a museum invasion

Tale of the unexpected: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' pop-slut instincts now embrace dub, gospel, soul, rap and goth-punk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London

Growing up with grace is difficult for any band, but when, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you make your early name with a bratty, sexy, art-punk squall, with feral, strutting anthems of youth, what do you do when you’re all edging into your 30s and you’ve already done the ‘going electronic’ shtick?

Simon Price on Beyoncé: Spare us the feminist encore, Mrs Carter

Beyoncé’s booty-shaking self-assertion often veers into self-entitlement – thank goodness, then, for Birmingham’s stripped-down soul sensation …

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas