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It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest.

Why Britannia wasn't so cool for Michelle

When Michelle Obama chose to wear an Alexander McQueen gown to a state dinner in honour of Chinese president Hu Jintao last week, she was presumably unaware of the controversy such a gesture might spark.

Ready To Wear: The fashion establishment always come back to black

The big story for the forthcoming season may be the wearing of full-on colour – blocked, printed, tone-on-tone, whatever – but only a few dipped their toes into that particular water at last week's British Fashion Awards.

London fashion honours new stars – and some old ones

There was only one label to be seen in at last night's British Fashion Awards and it's a name that was at the heart of the event. Lee Alexander McQueen, who died last February, was London's brightest talent and guests were arrayed in some of the brand's most flamboyant creations as they gathered at The Savoy for the ceremony.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (28/11/10)

Still talking turkey

Cameron's chums &ndash; all in this together

Matt Chorley and Brian Brady identify the pals of the Prime Minister who are now enjoying jolly japes at the taxpayers' expense

The killer heels that will save lives

For every child who dies of a preventable disease in an industrialized country, more than 2,000 children will die in developing countries such as Africa and India.

Sir George Young defends Tory vanity staff on public payroll

A Cabinet minister today defended the practice of putting some Conservative Party officials and aides on the public payroll.

KT Tunstall, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Diminutive Scottish-born singer K T Tunstall sprang on stage at the Shepherd's Bush Empire wearing skin-tight leather leggings and a baggy T-shirt, immediately invigorating the audience with her firecracker presence.

Mary Dejevsky: Police who loiter without intent

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Joan Smith: Influential women list is flattering but utterly flawed

The number of politicians on the British top 10 is none, nil, or to put it another way, zero

Quiz: Conference question time

The party conferences are over for another year, but were you paying attention? Our quiz sorts the political nerds from the know-nothings (answers at the bottom of the page)

No dramas, but assured speech steadies party

It failed to enthuse the public at the general election and Tory party workers admit it "bombed" on the doorstep. But yesterday David Cameron attempted to explain again his vision of a "big society" as he prepared the country for the pain of spending cuts in his first speech to the Conservative Party conference as Prime Minister. He suggested that the sacrifices needed to cut the £155 bn deficit would be rewarded with tax cuts before the next election.

Miliband's unmarried status is unlikely to bother voters

Ed Miliband has scored a minor historic first by being the only unmarried man ever to be elected leader of the Labour Party – though that says more about how society has changed than it says about him.

Mrs Clegg swaps the corridors of power for the fashion runway

she is more usually associated with all things yellow but Miriam González Durántez turned green yesterday as she helped launch an ethical clothing range on the eve of London Fashion Week.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

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